VBS! It’s never too early to start thinking about your Vacation Bible School ministries, programs, and outreaches! We know how much love, work, and energy you pour into the lives of your kids, so we want to share dozens and dozens of great ideas your children’s ministry can use this summer — including games, ways to support volunteers, strategy, and general ways to save your sanity!
KidMin | Vacation Bible School Ideas …FROM YOU!
This article contains 14 leader-submitted ideas that cover a broad range of VBS-related topics.
Our best idea has been to make vacation Bible school a summer long event instead of a one week event. We spread our VBS out through the summer doing it every Wednesday night while our other discipleship ministries are going on. We bookend it with a big kickoff and closing. This gives us an opportunity to bring the families in more than just the kids. The families are able to stay and take part in our other ministries going on, giving them an opportunity to connect to the church.
Field-tested ideas for creating the biggest ministry impact you can through your VBS.
As a children’s pastor, I’ve led a lot of VBS events and kids camps. For many years the events were good, but nothing spectacular. That’s when I changed my approach and implemented new principles. At one church I served in we went from around 80 kids per event to over 300 kids. Our VBS Family service actually beat our Easter attendance two years in a row. Vacation Bible school became our church’s favorite week of the year.
6 Ways to Keep Your VBS Volunteers Energized
Your volunteers are such a key part in making VBS a success! How can you keep them engaged and energized?
I was unsure about how I would keep my volunteers excited about five back-to-back nights full of kids following them around, but somehow they loved every minute of it. We even had new volunteers each night because our volunteers would tell their friends to come join us. Here are six ways we have found to be successful at keeping our vacation Bible school volunteers energized:
We’ve all been there: the sleepless nights, the stress… and also the incredible joy of seeing kids encounter Jesus in powerful ways! But there are ways to lead a VBS with these strategies.
When it’s all said and done, I rely on tried and true strategies that keep me sane before, during and after the madness—I mean planning.