Vacation Bible Schools are a popular church outreach that not only draw children closer to their faith, but also allow parents to get to know their local church better. Many churches use them as outreach programs and experience an influx of new attendees on Sunday as a result. When creating your Vacation Bible School (VBS) program, ensure success through the following steps. Ensure VBS Success by Sharing Vision When you’re planning a VBS program, get congregants excited about volunteering by sharing why offering a VBS program to your community is important. Is it about city-wide outreach? Helping children experience fun and faith? Growing your church? All the above? Whatever your church’s vision for VBS, communicating that vision is paramount to having a successful program. Let volunteers know that their service makes a difference. Help them understand how every aspect of the program—from the curriculum to the games—is an opportunity to impact the lives of little ones and their parents. Ensure VBS Success with Thorough Organization VBS programs can be complicated with all the facets involved. Bible teaching, crafts, activities, games, skits, snacks—every one of them can be a huge success or quickly go awry. Ensure their success by organizing everything. Make sure each room and activity has everything it needs to be enjoyed without a hitch. And, if you can, promote your most committed volunteers to leaders over each activity station to sure success and lessen the overall burden on yourself. Ensure VBS Success with Background Checks When bringing on volunteers for your VBS program, be sure to conduct thorough background checks on each and every person who applies. On average 7% of background checks have proven to reveal criminal records, so it’s a crucial step. Thankfully, conducting background checks are easier than ever with modern Church Management Software (ChMS) systems like ShelbyNext incorporating the technology directly within the software. Quick and efficient background checks can be ordered with the click of a button, ensuring the safety of your VBS program and protection for the church behind it. ShelbyNext and Protect My Ministry in action. Get Ready for Your VBS Success A Vacation Bible School is a community effort. When you get your congregants involved by sharing vision, organizing the activities well, and running background checks, you can be sure that your VBS is fun and successful. View the on-demand webinar, “Protecting Your Ministry for Security and Peace of Mind” to learn how to reduce risk at your ministry by integrating your church management system with background screening software. And if you’re still using pen and paper or spreadsheets to organize volunteers, take a ChMS like ShelbyNext for a spin with a free trial to see how you can organize, manage, and check in volunteers and students. Your VBS is destined for greatness. Ensure its success today!