As a VBS director, I’m probably like a lot a lot of you—getting started can be the hardest part! There’s a swirl of ideas in my head but no clear plan yet! However, because I’m also the Publishing Director here at Gospel Light, I DO know what to do next: I head straight for the Director’s Planning Guide!
We make this first step EASY. Grab your SonWest Director’s Planning Guide and a cup of coffee or tea. Get comfortable. In about a half an hour, you can get a grip on exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it!
- Step-by-Step Planning Guide — This is where I begin. I look through to get a feel for what is required over the next 18 weeks or so. Take a few minutes yourself to understand the big picture so that you’re thinking about what you can do to plan, recruit, train, evangelize, and follow-up with your VBS!
- Create a Milestone Calendar — I use the Planning Guide to help me to set up a calendar of key dates. Take time now to think through the factors that will make these key dates realistically achievable — because you want to be able to cross them off and see what you have accomplished! (I love that feeling of crossing something off my list!)
- Director’s Overview — This article helps me to identify what products and components I need to make planning easier for our team. Use the list to help you see what timesavers are available: For instance, the pre-printed Wall Murals are great timesavers! Because if you are like me (I HATE to paint!), they are a HUGE blessing—and cheaper than what it would cost to buy the paint for the backdrops! There are lots of other little timesavers all over this guide, so look for them.
Remember, you have CHOICES. We give you more than you need so that you can pick and choose with an eye to the things your team can do best—and what will help them to do their best!
- Begin to look for an Assistant or Co-Director — For myself, I have to fight the urge to think I can do it all. The truth is, we’re better together! Don’t go it alone; ask God to nudge just the right person to agree to co-direct with you or assist you. The way we display unity and mutual trust is actually an important part of our witness as we reach kids for Jesus!
More than that, my co-director is insurance that VBS will go on, even if I break my leg or have a sick child! When I have a Co-Director, the program runs more smoothly, volunteers accomplish more—and with two of us to talk to, there’s a definite reduction in “panic and mayhem”!
So, pray and plan (without panic or pressure)! It’s time to get started!
Click here to download a Director’s Master Checklist by Date from Gospel Light’s VBS Smart Pages.
Serving Christ through you,
Gospel Light /Children’s Ministry Resources