The Role of the Pastor in VBS

The pastor plays a vital role in the success of Vacation Bible School. Here are suggestions for ways you can support VBS in your church: 

Prepare the VBS Director
  • Share with the VBS Director your vision of what VBS can do for your church and community.
  • Offer information about previous years and ideas for this year.
  • Go over together last year’s faculty, budget, records, and evaluations.
Lead in Evangelism 
  • Equip VBS workers to share the gospel.
  • Plan evangelistic approaches for VBS.
  • Participate in the Worship Rally.
  • Talk personally with VBS participants.
  • Listen as participants share what they are learning.
Be Actively Involved in Planning & Promotion 
  • Work with the Director on a calendar, enlistment, training, promotion, and follow-up.
  • Be available for brainstorming & trouble-shooting.
  • Share with the church members and the community the importance of VBS.
  • Designate funds for promotion of VBS.
  • Promote VBS in the church newsletter, through your active involvement in the planning and preparation, and with announcements.
Challenge the Church to Support VBS through Prayer 
  • Work with the Sunday School Director to have every adult class adopt one VBS department or team to pray for.
  • Lead the church to participate in the national Day of Prayer for VBS – held on the third Sunday of May each year.
  • Guide the church to use the VBS Prayer Calendar and Prayerwalk brochure found in the Administrative materials.
Participate in the Enlistment and Training of VBS Leaders 
  • Intentionally use VBS to find, enlist, and train new Sunday School workers.
  • Enlist leaders with the expectation that they will participate in associational VBS clinics, department training, and in follow-up visits to VBS participants.
  • Attend the associational VBS Clinic with the leaders.
  • In a VBS faculty meeting, explain and demonstrate how to share the gospel. 
Support VBS Through Your Prayers, Preaching, and Presence 
  • Pray for all VBS workers by name.
  • Plan a VBS worker commissioning service for a Sunday morning prior to VBS.
  • Preach a sermon based on the VBS scripture prior to the event.
  • Visit in classrooms during VBS to build relationships with the participants.
  • Greet VBS workers as they enter the Worship Rally.
  • Greet parents as they pick up their children each day.
  • Be involved in Family Night or “commencement” activities. 
Lead in VBS Follow-up and Outreach 
  • Equip your Sunday School organization to cultivate new members who have been enrolled through VBS.
  • Contact the families of prospects with a phone call, personal letter, or visit.
  • Contact the families of VBS participants who made a decision for salvation during VBS, to explain the decision and arrange for baptism if appropriate.
  • Respond to ministry needs discovered during VBS. 

Adapted from LifeWay’s VBS 2008 Administrative Guide for Directors
Used by permission of LifeWay Christian Resources. For
information on LifeWay and a catalog of resources,
visit www.lifeway.com.

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