On the VBS Planning Calendar – January

On the VBS Planning Calendar – January

By Liz Calhoun BEGIN MAKING THE BIG ASK and gathering the main players for your event. Surround yourself with trustworthy people who can lead different areas. Check out the Walk This Way Director’s Guide for a full list of volunteer job titles and descriptions (Pages 9 and 10). Key Leadership Roles: Large Group Director Small Group Director Tracks/Rotations Director Preschool VBS Director These are the folks that you’ll be meeting with the most over the next few months.... Read More
On the VBS Planning Calendar – December

On the VBS Planning Calendar – December

FINALIZE the date, time, and location for your VBS if you haven’t done so already. Since many families like to attend more than one VBS each summer, consider checking dates of other Vacation Bible Schools in your area and keep those dates in mind when scheduling yours.Determine needed space and verify availability with your church’s calendar and get it on the books! DEFINE the event budget. If you have records from previous years, they can be used as a starting point. REST AND... Read More
VBS: Every Child Belongs

VBS: Every Child Belongs

Christmas tunes may be in this week’s Spotify playlist of choice, but summer planning is a necessary endeavor now to save energy and minimize stress down the road. If the average VBS program in a local church occupies 2-3 hours each day for 3-5 days, that’s anywhere from 6-15 hours with kids. In terms of weekend planning, it’s months of programming concentrated into a very short amount of time. Overwhelmed yet? Easily so. Everyone has those Sundays checking your watch wondering if the... Read More
VBS: More than Event Planning, Make it Intentional

VBS: More than Event Planning, Make it Intentional

by Rebekah Bullard A few months ago, in a conversation with another ministry leader, I asked, “How does your church do VBS?” Her response caught me off guard. She said, “We don’t. I am not as brave as you.” I was taken back because, in my experience, VBS was seen as a non-negotiable staple in our calendar planning. As I replayed this interaction in my mind, I put on my critical thinking hat to empathize with her thought process. There are many reasons why she may have responded this way: Time... Read More
On the VBS Planning Calendar – November

On the VBS Planning Calendar – November

PRAY that God will be your guide during the process and open your eyes to the ways He can work through people. Gather all kinds of people from your church to begin praying with you. This is a great way for people who would never be caught on the “front lines” of children’s ministry to be involved on a spiritual level. CONTACT key leaders in your church and begin forming your VBS leadership team. This team will not only brainstorm, but will also play a crucial role in... Read More
Four Simple Steps You Can Take To Prep For VBS

Four Simple Steps You Can Take To Prep For VBS

by Abbey Carr In just a few days, we’ll be staring down the face of Memorial Day weekend. While this is a great opportunity to reflect on the lives of men and women who have served our country, it also signals something else for children’s ministry leaders around the world. The imminent countdown to VBS. The to-do lists grow at an unprecedented pace. The volunteer list continues to grow and shrink . . . morphing into the final listing of the finest people who will serve arm-in-arm with you and... Read More