Thursdays Are For Training - Don't Forget the Details

The countdown has started, and for many churches VBS begins in five short weeks. Once workers are enlisted it is important to make sure each one receives training that not only relieves fear and anxiety, but insures the week is a winning experience for everyone involved. A necessary aspects of training is covering the all-important details that are unique to your VBS - the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the week. While these details may seem like common sense information that every ... Continue Reading

Make Preparations Today for Your JOTM

We all need training - no matter how inexperienced or experienced we may be. But participating in training sessions can be a real challenge. Especially if the training you need is only offered once or consistently conflicts with other scheduled activities. So, if you can't attend Journey Off the Map training this Saturday morning or next Tuesday evening (or whenever training is being provided in your area), we are bringing the training to you - at the coffee shop or in your own home. In fact, ... Continue Reading

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

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