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3 Ways to Make Life Easier for Your VBS Volunteers

From Group Publishing’s vacation Bible school 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 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. Digital kits allow 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. Digital kits even safeguard against leaders who might lose that that ever-important manual at the 11th  hour. And if your volunteers are digital natives, they can lead the station from their ipads!

Looking for even more great ideas for Vacation Bible School? Check out all our VBS posts.  For loads of great ideas in every issue, subscribe today to Children’s Ministry Magazine.


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