The truth is, one of the biggest threats to a great VBS ministry is stagnation. Any ministry - including VBS - that becomes tired and worn out risks the ramifications of dwindling attendance, disappearing workers, and disappointed supporters.
Stagnation can be overcome by first never allowing yourself to adopt the attitude that good enough is good enough. VBS, at its core, is heart transforming, Kingdom expanding, and culture shaping. Good enough is definitely not good enough!
The second rule for overcoming stagnation is to never allow yourself to assume you are not creative enough to do anything differently.
Taking your VBS to the next level requires creativity and without a doubt you have the ability to be creative. Here's how:
- Accept that you are a child of the Creator - the Creator of the most creative. You have His DNA deep inside you. He has promised to give you everything you need to accomplish the ministry He has called you to.
- Begin planning early. Last-minute planning usually results in settling for less than the best. By planning early your ideas have time to breath and develop.
- Brainstorm with friends. Creativity multiplies tremendously when two or three creative minds are put to work on the same project.
- Build on the the ideas of others (giving them proper credit of course). This is one of the best reasons for attending a VBS 2015 Preview. Scripture says there is nothing new under the sun so why not use the ideas of others to launch your own creativity.
- Refuse to let a budget derail your creativity. It's a false assumption that it takes money to be creative. The truth is, creativity is more likely to be birthed from a shortage of funds and resources than an abundance.
- Give yourself permission to fail. Supposedly, Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at creating the light bulb. True creativity is the product of both failed and successful attempts.
Join the conversation - what have you done to take your VBS to the next level?