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

Your VBS Needs Goals

What are your goals for VBS 2015? How many kids, teens, and adults do you plan to register? How many Kindergarteners are you preparing for? How many people will need to be fed during your VBS Celebration? I could go on, but you get the idea - YOU NEED GOALS. Failing to establish goals - such as registration and daily attendance numbers, unchurched families discovered, professions of faith, and number of people that will be connected with ongoing ministries -  is a big mistake. Without goals ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Prayer Support

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. Provide church members with a prayer calendar listing each worker, specific needs, and the goals of VBS. Text or e-mail messages to a pre-enlisted prayer team. Prior to the week of VBS conduct a prayer walk through every room that will be ... 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