By: Carol Tomlinson
Content Editor | Lifeway VBS
A search for teacher appreciation ideas on Pinterest will yield thousands of results from the sweet (like candy) to monetary (such as gift cards). Everyone likes to feel appreciated and valued for what they do and how they serve. VBS leaders are no different. They want to know that you recognize all the time they have spent preparing and pouring their hearts into this one church event.
But did you know that appreciation should start even before VBS begins? Perhaps even months before the event. One of the best ways you can show volunteers your appreciation is to equip them to lead with confidence. Here are a few tips to help you make true heroes out of your leaders:
COMMUNICATION IS KEY—Find the most effective method of communication for each leader maybe it’s via text, or email, or perhaps Facebook. This may take more effort on your part to communicate important dates, job responsibilities, and so forth. You can’t just rely on the church bulletin to communicate and help leaders feel as if they are in the know.
TRAIN THEM—Set up training events at your own church or inquire about training through your local association. Helping leaders feel knowledgeable about the biblical content and theme will help them feel confident in sharing God’s truths with the children they lead. (Note: You can bring your entire team to training at a VBS Preview event. Click HERE for more info.)
PROVIDE CURRICULUM EARLY—Be sure to give each leader her curriculum as early as possible. This will allow her to go through the content and activities at her own pace and not be rushed to get it all in the day before.
HELP THEM PREPARE THEIR HEARTS—Print out the Leader Devotions from the Administrative Guide CD-ROM and distribute copies to all leaders. The devotions will help the leaders dig deeper into the Bible passages being taught and reflect on what God wants them to share with kids.
Be sure to check back on the second Thursday of every month for more teacher appreciation tips to help your leaders feel valued and appreciated.
By: Carol Tomlinson