We spends weeks, months, and sometimes years preparing for VBS, yet tend to give little attention at all to what happens afterwards. As the last session of VBS concludes we take a deep breath and congratulate ourselves on a job well done, when in reality some of the most important tasks, including the following six, are ahead.
1. Make sure every child, teen, and adult who made a profession of faith, indicated they would like to talk to someone, or made other decisions is adequately counseled and given directions for next steps.
2. Review registration information to insure all unchurched families have been assigned for continued connection contacts.
3. Provide workers an opportunity to evaluate the week. Each worker has a different perspective of the week so it is important to get their input on what worked, what didn't, and where improvement is needed. Stress that an important aspect of evaluation is suggesting solutions as well as criticism.
4. Express appreciation to every worker. Recognizing and thanking workers this year is the first step in enlisting workers for next year. Besides, everybody wants to know their efforts were noticed and appreciated.
5. Share the VBS story and celebrate the successes of the week with the entire congregation.
6. Make notes and create an action calendar for next year while the experience of this year is still fresh on your mind.