Thursdays Are For Training - Scheduling Your VBS

There are basically two parts to scheduling your VBS: dates and times. Simple enough, especially if your church has scheduled VBS for the same week for decades. But, are you sure you have the right dates and times for the people you are trying to reach? It all goes back to knowing your purpose. Why are you conducting VBS? Who do you hope to reach? What do you want to be the end result of the week? Before moving to Nashville I served on staff of an inner city church. For decades VBS had ... Continue Reading

Enlisting Workers - Think Delegation

One of the most time-consuming tasks for many VBS directors is enlisting workers. Let me give you a tip – think delegation. One person enlisting every worker can be an overwhelming and joyless responsibility. One person enlisting three or four key leaders, who in turn enlist three or four workers, who in turn enlist more workers, takes tremendous pressure off the director plus insures a wide variety of people will be discovered and enlisted. No matter the size of the church it is ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Decorations, Part 2

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. Enlist a decorating team to be responsible for the worship center, main entrance, and halls. Apply the 4 R’s of Decorating – Recycle, Recut, Reshape, and Repurpose from previous years. Host a decorating party the Saturday before VBS. Provide ... Continue Reading

Thursdays Are For Training - Creating Your VBS Budget

The three foundational components of VBS planning are a calendar, budget, and an event schedule. Together these three documents create a framework for the event and provide direction for everything from enlisting workers to purchasing snacks and crafts supplies. Last Thursday's post focused on creating a planning calendar. Now that you know your purpose and have a finalized calendar you are ready to create or rework an existing budget. The first step is to review budgets and actual costs from ... Continue Reading