If you are like me you might struggle with expressing appreciation to your VBS team. It's not that we don't appreciate the work and contributions of others. It's not even that we don't think about expressing appreciation. While we are extremely grateful we just do a poor job of expressing it.
Here are a few ways to make sure members of your VBS team know they are appreciated and their efforts have not been taken for granted.
1. Public recognition is possibly the easiest way to express appreciation because everyone can be recognized and thanked at once, and there is no chance - unless you try to call everyone by name - of overlooking someone. Public recognition also insures the entire congregation is aware of the many hands required and that everyone can have a part to play on proclaiming the Good News through VBS.
2. Provide training may seem like a strange suggestion for expressing appreciation but in many ways it is the highest compliment. By providing training you tell your team you appreciate them by investing your personal time in them, and you appreciate them by wanting them to feel the joy of confidence and success.
3. Provide resources, like providing training, says "I appreciate you and want you to have the resources needed to successfully accomplish your tasks." By providing resources you are also telling your team you appreciate their time and want to make preparation and the gathering of supplies as easy as possible.
4. Provide volunteers to help unload cars on the day everyone is decorating and preparing their rooms. Another way to tell a worker they are appreciated is by providing childcare 30 minutes before and after VBS, during training, and preparation days.
5. A smile, a hug, or a pat of the back is always appreciated - especially when it comes from your leader. In the midst of VBS chaos it is often the small gestures that reenergize both the receiver and the giver.
6. And most of all, just say thank you.