For starters, it’s not too late to express appreciation to the army of workers – both volunteers and staff members – who made VBS possible. Genuinely recognizing and thanking workers this year is the first step in enlisting workers for next year.
Second, take time to evaluate VBS 2014. What worked? What needs improvement? Give everyone involved in VBS – including the kids and parents – a chance to participant in the evaluation process. Formal evaluation methods (written surveys and meetings) are always helpful, but some of the best evaluation will most likely come from one-on-one conversations – especially with kids and parents.
Evaluation notes will be a valuable resource for the VBS 2015 planning team, so keep a record of all evaluations and suggestions.
Third, numbers are important not only for celebrating and evaluating VBS 2014, but for setting goals and determining needs for next year. Take time to pull together numbers and report them to your church and to Lifeway. Fill out your report for Lifeway here. We would love to celebrate with your church, plus, your report helps us plan curriculum and resources for future years.
Fourth, it’s time to begin dreaming and planning for VBS 2015 by creating an actions calendar. This is best done while the memory of this year’s VBS is still fresh.
Work with other VBS leaders and staff members to list every action that will need to be taken from this point through making continued connections following VBS 2015. Create deadlines for each action and place them on the calendar.
Finally, take time to celebrate VBS 2014 and congratulate yourself and your team for a job well done!