Why VBS volunteers are so important
Need to fill VBS volunteer spots? With the support of your pastor, keep the need for VBS volunteers front and center. During a Sunday morning mission moment, share why VBS is important. For some kids, VBS is where they’ll hear about Jesus for the first time. VBS gives volunteers the opportunity to share the Gospel and make a difference in the lives of kids—now and forever.
Volunteers thrive when their skill set “matches up” with their role in VBS. Get the conversation rolling with our fun (and shareable!) VBS volunteer quiz. While not scientific, this quiz is an easy way to match up personalities and gifts for VBS volunteer opportunities. Ask tenured members to help you access a resource pool of volunteers, such as those who teach Sunday school or contribute to other children’s ministries, including parents and teens in your church.
VBS volunteer training is key
Nothing spells confidence like early and consistent training! Help site leaders and volunteers familiarize themselves with VBS theme with our online site rotation videos. There, they can find sample leader guides, photo albums, job descriptions, how-to videos, and decorating helps. And, since it’s all online, volunteers can get familiar with each site at their own convenience. Provide tips and support for working with kids with special needs. Offer suggestions for effective discipline. While you offer the training (and during VBS), provide childcare for volunteers who have infants and toddlers.
Affirm, thank, and recognize VBS volunteers
Use the Volunteer Commissioning on the Director CD in a worship service right before VBS. See the Pastor’s Overview for more information. Acknowledge volunteers, and encourage the church to show its support.
- Purchase T-shirts to identify volunteers.
- Make a nametag for each volunteer.
- Connect with every volunteer at least once a day
- Pray together each day before children arrive.
- Create a “volunteer lounge” with refreshments
- Schedule breaks for all volunteers.
- VBS Tote Bags from CPH make an excellent appreciation gift.
- Verbally thank volunteers in large gatherings, at the daily closings, in the Closing Program, and in the worship service immediately following VBS. If your church features VBS on its website or shares photo albums or other media, acknowledge the dedicated service of the VBS staff there, too! Communicate the impact of VBS and the service of the volunteers in a follow-up thank-you letter. Let volunteers know about plans to follow up with nonmember VBS families. Knowing the impact that they helped make will encourage volunteers to come back and serve in VBS year after year.