From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 2)

Recently I shared six procedures for enlisting workers that were first presented by Carr Suter in 1997. His presentation continued with the following six  ideas: Stress that everyone can do something in VBS. Be alert to non-church members (prospects, parents, visiting family members). Give them non-teaching tasks.  Ask adult Sunday School teachers to encourage class members to respond and to share names of possible workers. If an adult Sunday School teacher serves as a VBS class ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Procedures for Worker Enlistment (Part 1)

Worker enlistment is often one of the most challenging aspects of planning VBS. While we wish for a quick and easy way to accomplish this task, the truth is, it takes work. As LifeWay's VBS team celebrates 90 years of producing VBS curriculum, I've been searching through the files for tips that are just as relevant today as they were when first shared. Following are six tips from a 1997 training session led by long-time VBS leader Carr Suter. The Pastor must stress the importance of VBS ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Worker Appreciation Ideas

Looking through files from 2005 (Ramblin' Road Trip) I came across a list of creative ways you can express appreciation to your VBS team. 1. Enlist a prayer team to pray for workers and their families each day. 2. Remove the hassle of meal preparation by enlisting a team to prepare, freeze, and distribute casseroles the week before VBS. 3. Send workers home with a sack lunch each day - don't forget the family. 4. Host an end-of-week cookout for workers and their families. 5. Hold a "Worker ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: 10 Tips for a Successful VBS Celebration

Some of my best inspiration comes from combing through archives. If you have ever watched the reality show American Pickers (I am particularly fond of it since I can look out of my office window and see their Nashville store) you know great value can be found in piles of trash and tattered boxes. Recently I was searching through my recycle box and came across these pearls of wisdom from a VBS training plan. 10 Tips for a Successful VBS Celebration (Family Night) 1. Have a purpose. 2. Remember ... Continue Reading