Every church is looking for more leaders. One of the best places in the church that I have seen to raise up great leaders is in Vacation Bible School. Each year people are recruited to serve in VBS at many different levels from administrative leadership, teachers, assistant teachers, helpers, recreation, security, registration, kitchen, transportation, media, music and fill-ins. Many of these are people are new to leadership in the church.
Some people are willing to help with VBS because it is a short commitment. They can help for a week when they may not feel like they have the time to take on an annual opportunity commitment to serve in the life of the church. It is exciting to watch as people accept this week long commitment and then fall in love with the kids, the study, the overall work of feeling like you are making a difference in someone’s life. That passion begins to fuel the desire to take on a longer commitment someplace in the life of the church. So…
- VBS is a great place to find new workers who are not currently serving!
- VBS is a great place to see if someone has the ability to teach a class or to lead people!
- VBS is a great place to give someone more leadership responsibility to see if they are a capable, teachable leader!
- VBS is a great place to help someone gain confidence in teaching or leading!
The bottom line, VBS is a great place to get people involved in the ministry of the church, to discover where a person’s passion is for service, and and to find out where they might be effective.
Steve McNeil serves as Church Health and Communications Team Leader for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana.