Shining in Your Sweet Spot

A couple of years ago we had one of “those” VBS weeks. Unexpected illnesses and surgeries and countless other things derailed our VBS plans. Thankfully people rallied and jumped in to do things outside of their norm. We “accidentally” discovered something great. We found a lot of people’s VBS sweet spot. One lady who “always” teaches jumped in to run the kitchen (we do a full meal each night of VBS). She doesn’t want to do this particular job all the time, but for one week she loves ... Continue Reading

Recycling Ideas that Increase the Value of Your VBS Resources

As a recovering pack rat who once had the task of cleaning out an accumulation of 85 years from a church resource room, I have come up with six ways of recycling and organizing selected VBS resources for later use. By doing so you will not only appease your pack rat tendencies, but become a better steward by increasing the value of the resources that truly are too good to throw away. 1. Find a church or organization that can put the resources to good use. Based on the size of your VBS you might ... Continue Reading

Evaluating After is as Important as Planning Before

We all know how important planning is to the success of VBS. But why take the time to evaluate after it is over? After all, what is done is done!  I once had a boss who was so convinced of the value of evaluation he held evaluation sessions to evaluate the evaluation sessions. While this may seem extreme, what he taught by example is that we can never stop learning or improving, AND the only way to truly learn and improve is to evaluate the previous event before planning the next one. Here ... Continue Reading

From the Archives: Worker Appreciation Ideas

Looking through files from 2005 (Ramblin' Road Trip) I came across a list of creative ways you can express appreciation to your VBS team. 1. Enlist a prayer team to pray for workers and their families each day. 2. Remove the hassle of meal preparation by enlisting a team to prepare, freeze, and distribute casseroles the week before VBS. 3. Send workers home with a sack lunch each day - don't forget the family. 4. Host an end-of-week cookout for workers and their families. 5. Hold a "Worker ... Continue Reading