Advice from the experts - Using Teenagers as Workers, Part 1

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Require teenagers to submit an application that includes their testimony, a statement of what they liked best about VBS when they were kids, and a statement of why they wish to work in VBS. Use this information to help you assign appropriate ... Continue Reading

The Ages Look to You - As VBS Leaders We Must Do Our Part Well

I recently wrote that if given the opportunity today, I believe Charles Spurgeon might make kids ministry his life’s calling. He certainly had a deep admiration for those who had the responsibility for kids ministry and believed the title of Sabbath (Sunday) School Teacher as the greatest title and honor a person could have. If he were able to deliver a challenge to those gathering this month for VBS Preview, or to the thousands upon thousands of volunteers who will work in VBS 2015, his ... Continue Reading

Expressing Appreciation to Your Team

Christmas is when we most often express appreciation the best. Reflecting on the greatest gift of all - Jesus Christ - leads us to think of all that others have done to bless and enrich our lives. Giving tokens of appreciation just comes natural at Christmas. But what about the rest of the year - especially for those VBS workers who are enlisted long after the holidays? The best way to express your appreciation to this army of faithful volunteers is not with monetary gifts but with your ... Continue Reading

Journey Off the Map for Preschoolers and Kindergartners

VBS 2015 includes several Bible stories that are familiar to many preschoolers and preschool teachers. There are also two Bible stories which are being used for the first time in VBS with preschoolers. But before you shake your head and think "they've lost their minds," take a second look at these two Bible stories. As you’ll see in the summaries below, we’ve taken care to tell both Bible stories in such a way that the focus remains on the power of God to protect rather than the scary details of ... Continue Reading