Thursdays Are For Training - Create a Planning Calendar

Last week we explored the necessity of defining the purpose of your VBS before diving into details. I hope you took time this week to meet with your pastor to discuss his expectations and arrive at a common purpose. Now that you know the purpose, and the type of event your are planning, it is time to jump in with both feet and get started. LifeWay's VBS 2015 Administrative Guide for Directors provides some great resources and templates to help you develop a planning calendar, set up a budget, ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training - Know Your Purpose

Last Thursday I introduced a series of training posts that will follow the six steps of leading a VBS as outlined in LifeWay's VBS 2015 Administrative Guide for Directors. Step 1: Know Your Purpose and Theme You may think knowing the purpose of VBS seems too elementary to even discuss. After all, don't we all know why we conduct VBS? Of course you know why you conduct VBS, and I know why I conduct VBS, but do we agree?  The truth is, gather a group of VBS leaders in a room and you will ... Continue Reading

Help Us Plan Preview 2016

You probably think the headline to this post is a mistake. Right? How can I (why would I) be talking about VBS 2016 Preview when most churches are just beginning to think about VBS 2015? When it comes to events as large as Preview we are always planning a year or more in advance. We have Preview dates on the calendar of one location for the year 2020. Evaluation is a big part of planning. We are continually evaluating throughout the events. In fact, we made changes to the Fort Worth and ... Continue Reading

Maximize VBS Registration Opportunities

Registration is a necessity of VBS, yet we rarely give it much attention. After all, what is easier than collecting names and ages? But how many opportunities are lost when we take the registration process for granted? Here are a few takeaways from a discussion I recently had with a group of VBS Leaders. Registration is typically the first contact families have with your VBS and church. First impressions are powerful and lasting. The registration process (both online and in person) should ... Continue Reading