Check Out the VBS 2020 Strategy Sessions

We are so excited to partner with leaders from all over the world to plan the Very Best Summer! We understand that taking on a leadership role with VBS is a big commitment. Correction…it’s a HUGE commitment!

We understand because everyone on the Orange VBS team has been in your place – leading the charge on this fun, wild, important and kind-of-overwhelming program called VBS.

So let’s jump in and get working on it together. Join us each week as we discuss tasks that you can be working on to stay on track for a successful program!

WEEK 1
This week is all about numbers. We’re going to be tackling the dreaded VBS budget as well as how to divide your kiddos up for VBS. If you’re not gifted in this area, it’s OKAY! We have a great spreadsheet to help you make the numbers work. And once you knock out these two important tasks, you’ll be able to make really wise decisions for the rest of the VBS Strategy Sessions!
Run Time: 20:41

BUDGET PLANNER
DIRECTOR’S GUIDE

WEEK 2
This week’s tasks are all about teams and times! We’re going to discuss your team structure and meeting calendar so that you’re not running the VBS show solo!
Run Time: 23:03

TEAM LEAD ORGANIZER
SUGGESTED MEETING LIST

WEEK 3
YOU know VBS is going to be amazing. And YOUR TEAM knows it too. But how in the world are you going to get families in your church and community to understand just how awesome VBS is going to be? We’re going to talk through ideas as well as the key questions you need to be asking to have a solid marketing plan! Plus we need to seriously get going on planning our volunteer needs! Let the volunteer recruiting BEGIN!
Run Time: 17:43

MARKETING QUESTIONNAIRE
VOLUNTEER PLANNING TEMPLATE

WEEK 4
Let the decorating ideas flow! Whether you plan on going all out or your team wants to keep the decor streamlined for VBS this year, it’s time to get started on those decisions. Let’s talk about the options and where you can find the best inspiration!
Run Time: 16:45

DECORATING GUIDE
FOCUS VBS PINTEREST PAGE

WEEK 5 – EVERYTHING JUST CHANGED
Friends, we know these are unprecedented days that we are facing. In light of that, we are meeting and thinking about summer 2020 and what VBS might look like this year. Join us for a conversation this Thursday to think through some possible scenarios.
Run Time: 30:05

WEEK 6
While we still have a lot of uncertainty about what this summer holds, we have a few VBS ideas that leaders can start working on now. Whether you’re continuing with plans for a traditional VBS, considering a virtual event, or waiting a little longer to make plans, considering simplified crafts for your program will make your planning for any of these options easier. Let’s go over some ideas of crafts for VBS that use common kidmin supplies and even some options that use items families will probably already have at home.
Run Time: 34:26

WEEK 7
We’ve spoken wtih a lot of leaders and we LOVE the ideas that you’re all pursuing to contiue pushing for influence with kids and families. Today we are joined by Aaron Collier and we’ll go over the creative actions his team is taking to create a virtual experience for VBS (while still keeping the option open for a traditional gathering). Grab your notebook because he is FULL of ideas on how you can make small adjustments and be ready to pull off the best virtual VBS experience for parents and kids in your community!
Run Time: 31:14

BONUS EPISODE!
After Aaron Collier joined us on Strategy Session #7, we got A TON of inquiries about the family kits that his team was planning to give out for virtual VBS. So like a true kidmin champion, Aaron and his crew have put together this great video to unbox exactly what they’ll be giving to each family AND where you can get each of the pieces!
Run Time: 6:07

WEEK 8
In this Strategy Session you will get to hear from another incredible friend and leader – John Huber. He’s the Family Pastor at Westside Family Church in Kansas City, and he’ll be sharing about the innovative model for VBS that they’ll be implementing this summer. John, Dana and I will also be discussing another important and timely subject – how to ask for donations. And the great news is that no matter what form your VBS will be taking this summer, learning how to ask for donations will apply. Let’s talk about different methods that we’ve used or leaders we’ve partnered with have used successfully to ask for donations of supplies and even monetary contributions to make VBS happen!
Run Time: 46:05

BONUS EPISODE!
You’ve been asking a TON of great questions, and we thought it would be great to get answers to everyone at one time. Take a listen and let us know if you still have unanswered questions about virtual VBS, FOCUS VBS or anything else related to VBS! Join
Run Time: 6:38

WEEK 9
We have SO much more to talk about regarding VBS and specifically virtual VBS! We’re covering ways to equip parents and guardians – from printable resources to kits with supplies and other fun items. We’ll also cover lots of questions we’ve been getting about virtual VBS!
Run Time: 31:14

WEEK 10
SOOOO much to cover this week in our VBS Strategy Session – How do I get participants for our virtual VBS? How can I use volunteers in a virtual experience? What is the best way to handle registration for virtual VBS or backyard Bible clubs? And what are some ways that we can still incorporate missions this summer? We’re going to tackle them all with the help from a special guest. You all are asking great questions and we are excited to help you brainstorm ways to make 2020 the Very. Best. Summer!
Run Time: 25:09

WEEK 11
We’ve saved the best for last! This week, we’re excited to talk about one of the MOST important topics for leaders working through the details of a virtual VBS. We’ll be brainstorming ways that you can foster relationships in a virtual setting. What does it look like to connecct kids with small group leaders through and beyond VBS? How can we continue to connect with parents when we’re not in the same room – or even building – with them? And what are some creative ways that ministries can continue to build into the relationships BETWEEN volunteers and your ministry team? Let’s get the ideas rolling and start this incredibly important conversation!
Run Time: 27:16