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

Advice From the Experts - Cutting Costs

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. Establish limits on reimbursements for teachers purchasing their own supplies. Decorate fewer rooms but use each room more often. Assign two groups to the same room and rotate them in and out. This will save on classroom supplies as well. Start ... Continue Reading

Advice from the experts - Scheduling

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. Include missions rotation videos and teaching resources during the large-group worship rally or during snacks. Extend worship rally time by a few minutes and include more music in place of the music rotation. For a smooth rotation schedule, use ... Continue Reading

Scheduling Ideas To Increase Time and Space

A lack of space or time can be great challenges to a VBS schedule. While it may be impossible to add hours to the clock or additional rooms to the church building, there are ways to stretch or increase both time and space. Use recreation as an early arrival activity. Weather and space permitting, move recreation activities to the front lawn beginning 30 minutes prior to the advertised starting time. Serve a quick snack as kids are transitioning between two rotations, or between the opening ... Continue Reading