Is it really possible to boil VBS down to six simple steps? Well, maybe not, but you spoke and we listened! You said, "Make VBS simpler!" So LifeWay's VBS team went back to the drawing board and looked for ways to make it happen.
The first thing we did was take a look at the way the Administrative Guide for Directors was organized. Actually the admin guide had already been reorganized for 2013 around six categories, and many of you enthusiastically responded that it was a great change. As we pondered (a favorite word and action of our VBS publishing team leader) these six categories, we realized they are the bases of six simple yet extremely necessary steps required for planning and conducting a successful VBS.
The Six Steps for VBS directors and pastors are:
1. Know Your Purpose and Theme
2. Start Planning
3. Enlist and Train Workers
4. Promote and Publicize
5. Register Participants
6. Continue the Connection
Like I said, simple!
Know Your Purpose and Theme: Most people assume they know why VBS is being conducted, but in reality there are typically as many different reasons as there are people on your team. Successful Bible schools are organized and conducted around a focused and unified purpose. I'm hoping the purpose of your VBS is evangelism!
Once you know your purpose you must know your theme, or better yet know the purpose of your curriculum. For example, is your curriculum and theme designed for evangelism or for something else? Look closely, you might be surprised!
Start Planning: Great planning follows a process that includes creating a calendar or work timeline, allocating dollars in a budget, and enlisting key leadership.
Enlist and Train Workers: An important aspect of enlisting workers is to outline expectations and responsibilities clearly and then turn the workers loose to do their jobs. A key expectation should be participation in training!
Promote and Publicize: Promotion, first to the congregation and then to the community, needs to begin early and reoccur often.
Register Participants: Registration seems like a no-brainer, yet many VBS leaders fail to capture accurate and adequate information for every participant. As a result, the ability to carry out the sixth step becomes limited.
Continue the Connection: For decades we have called it follow-up, but have come to realize that much more than mailing a thanks-for-attending postcard is needed if we are going to connect unchurched families to the Gospel and to the church.
Check out the VBS 2014 Administrative Guide for Directors for more detailed information on each of these six steps. This year you can implement these steps earlier than ever with the all-new VBS 2014 Jump Start Kit that will be available in October!
Next week, Tour Stop 5: 6 Step VBS Continued - introducing the six steps of the age-group leader guides.