Training is a VBS Priority

One standard of LifeWay's VBS that makes it so successful as an evangelistic outreach is training. Even if we have been working in VBS since forever, annual training sharpens our skills and increases our knowledge, resulting in increased confidence, renewed enthusiasm, and relevant ways to engage new generations. Annual training challenges us to abandon the status quo and reach beyond our comfort zones, which is one of the reasons there is a direct correlation between the number of workers ... Continue Reading

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

Overcoming VBS Logistical Challenges

When faced with a logistical challenge such as space, scheduling, or lack of workers, step back and look for a solution instead of obsessing over the obstacle. WHEN SPACE IS A CHALLENGE Combine age groups Reduce the age-span offered at a particular time (children in the morning, teens at night) Look for temporary options such as campers or large tents Rotate leaders into one room instead of kids into multiple rooms Consider using Backyard Kids Club resources which are designed ... Continue Reading