Tips for Effective VBS Follow-Up
Following up after Vacation Bible School (VBS) is crucial to building lasting connections and continuing the impact of your ministry.
By implementing these tips, you can ensure successful follow-up and create meaningful Gospel connections with VBS kids and their families. Let’s dive into the V-B-S approach to effective follow-up:
V – Visibility
- Ensure High Visibility: Make people, information, and resources easily accessible.
- Enlist pastors, church staff, and ministry leaders to welcome families, provide directions, and engage in conversations.
- Set up a coffee and donut station for parents, where leaders can chat and build relationships over a cup of coffee.
- Utilize colorful and attractive posters, visuals, and online platforms to display important contact information, service dates/times, connection opportunities, and mission initiatives.
B – Build Relationships
- Be Impactful and Interested:
- Get to know the names and interests of the children. Simple questions about their hobbies or favorite things can help initiate conversations and foster relationships.
- Facilitate face-to-face interactions between parents and VBS leaders, such as drop-off and pick-up arrangements.
- Encourage VBS leaders to learn the names of parents and caregivers.
S – Seek Continued Connection
- Extend Invitations:
- Invite VBS kids to sing VBS songs in church the following Sunday, encouraging families to welcome them and sit together.
- Request VBS leaders to send letters, postcards, or make phone calls to the kids they connected with during the week. Home visits or drop-and-runs are also thoughtful options.
- Enlist families from your church to reach out to VBS families they have something in common with, inviting them to special events or gatherings.
- Utilize a family day event to recap the VBS week, share upcoming activities for kids, and answer the question “Why should families come back to our church and ministry?”
- Create Connection Opportunities:
- Include ministry leaders for kids, teens, and parents in the final day of VBS or family day. Introduce families to various ministry team members, fostering connections across different age groups.
- Plan a “Missions Trip” or activity related to the VBS missions project, engaging kids and families in serving together.
Remember the V-B-S approach when planning and praying for VBS this year. Effective follow-up will help you make lasting Gospel connections with VBS kids, their families, and your church community. May God bless you with a remarkable summer of ministry!