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3 Ways to Make Life Easier for Your VBS Volunteers

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From Group’s VBS editors, check out these 3 ways to make life easier for your VBS volunteers!

We know that volunteers are vital to making VBS a great week at your church. Here are three surefire ways to make their jobs easy before and after your event…and keep them coming back for more fun next year!

  1. Prepare your volunteers. There’s nothing more intimidating than walking into a room full of kids without a clue as to what you’re supposed to be doing. Set up volunteer training several weeks before VBS, so when the week rolls around, your staff is equipped to make Jesus real to kids. If busy volunteers can’t make the training meeting, set up an online option.
  2. Do the VBS as it’s written. VBS is like a big puzzle, intentionally created to fit seamlessly together. If you change one thing, it can often have a domino effect and wreak havoc and confusion elsewhere. Following the content as it’s written makes it easy on everyone!
  3. Provide materials in an easy-to-use-format —Now there are more ways than ever to share materials with VBS volunteers. The Cave Quest Ultimate Starter Kit Plus Digital allows you to deliver resources with the touch of a button. You can hand volunteers the manuals from your Starter Kit or e-mail pdf’s so they can use whichever format feels most comfortable. The Plus Digital kit also safeguards against leaders who might lose that that ever-important Sing & Play manual at the 11th  hour. And if your volunteers are digital natives, they can lead the station from their ipads!

And when all else fails, give them candy 😉

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 28 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as co-director of the KidMin Conference. She’s led teams in the development of leading innovative resources, including Buzz Instant Sunday School curriculum, Grapple Preteen Curriculum, and the new Dig-In Sunday School curriculum. Follow Christine on Twitter @ChristineYJones

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