6 Actions That Express Appreciation

  If you are like me you might struggle with expressing appreciation to your VBS team. It's not that we don't appreciate the work and contributions of others. It's not even that we don't think about expressing appreciation. While we are extremely grateful we just do a poor job of expressing it. Here are a few ways to make sure members of your VBS team know they are appreciated and their efforts have not been taken for granted. 1. Public recognition is possibly the easiest way to express ... Continue Reading

Involving Teenagers as Leaders in VBS

My first VBS "worker" assignment was at the ripe old age of 12. My aunt was the teacher of the five-year-old class and she desperately needed a helper. We conducted VBS in the morning, ate a sandwich, and then spent the afternoon getting ready for the next day. We had 10 kids in an 80-square-foot room. For me the week was a huge lesson in flexibility! While using teenagers - or in my case a pre-teenager - is not ideal for multiple reasons, mature teenagers can be the solution to a worker ... Continue Reading

Why Missions Study Should Be Included in Your VBS

In addition to Bible study and a large-group experience we call Worship Rally, LifeWay's VBS includes resources for crafts, recreation, music, missions and snacks. Each activity - including snacks - is designed to have a direct tie or application to both the Biblical passage and theme for each day. Due to time restraints, space restrictions, or worker shortages, VBS leaders are often faced with the decision to trim back some of the traditional components of VBS. The first component to be ... Continue Reading

6 Ways to Continue the Connection

Many times VBS is the catalyst that brings people into church when they otherwise would not step in the door. However, many times when the week is over things go back to business as usual. When this happens we miss out on a great opportunity to reach out and bring people into the fold and help them build a relationship with their Savior. Consider some to these ideas to help build on the foundation set during VBS. Offer a "next step" for VBS guest and their families. Utilize the parenting ... Continue Reading