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This year, I had the privilege of putting on my first VBS ever. It was hard to prepare for, having not seen a VBS since I was a child, but I think it was great to come at it with a fresh approach. 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 VBS volunteers energized:
Vision - Ministry - Volunteers - Share - Vision
I think we often get tired of hearing the vision for our ministry long before we have communicated it enough to our volunteers. It is not enough to share the vision one time and assume everyone heard it or caught it. Figure out what your vision is for VBS, and communicate it with passion every chance you get. I gave my vision for VBS in adult service, in team meetings, in one-on-one conversations, via email, etc. I’ve learned it is much more likely that we are under-communicating than over-communicating with our volunteers.
VBS is one of the hugest kidmin events out there. You cannot possibly do it alone. Delegating as much as possible to volunteers will help you keep your sanity, and give them more ownership of the event. We placed a lot of importance on every leadership position on our team. Our small group room leaders owned their rooms from decorating before the event, to tearing down on the last night. Many of our room leaders ended up owning their rooms to the point of purchasing extra items for the kids that I hadn’t thought of myself. The color group leaders were placed with a specific...
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