After VBS is over . . . Follow-up!
So, when another year of VBS is finished; volunteers have gone home, your decorating team puts away all props, posters and parts of VBS returning your church to “normal” what do you do next? What do you need to do to build on the work accomplished in VBS and how can you continue to minister to non-church families VBS allowed you to touch? Too often we do not really follow-up with the contacts VBS gave us with non-church families . . . what can we do to show these families we want to serve them, not just their children, all year long?
Effective follow-up can be designed and accomplished without a large budget and without a large staff of volunteers if you focus on praying, evaluating and planning!
Prayer is vital for effective follow-up. While your church as a whole certainly can and should be praying for new non-church families VBS allowed you to reach, turn to those in your church who are prayer warriors and ask them to be part of your follow-up team!
1. Provide names of children as well as parents/sibilings
2. If possible, provide one prayer warrior for each child/family
3. Stay in touch with your prayer warriors and update them as children/families are followed-up
Evaluating involves looking at your VBS to identify your strengths and determine follow-up goals. Take time to seriously consider the following evaluation questions so you know where you stand and are best able to determine steps to move forward!
What do you want to accomplish with follow-up? Certainly part of your follow-up should be focused on thanking those who served in your VBS, but from there, what are your goals for follow-up with non-church families? Do you want to focus on building the relationship between your VBS volunteer and the child(ren) or would you also like to try and reach out to the parent(s) as well? Consider the following planning questions as you move forward with follow-up!
2.How will you plan opportunities to stay in touch with non-church children after VBS?
Effective follow-up involves praying, evaluating and planning and persistence! Don’t give up if a family is hesitant to respond, but be sure to balance your persistence with respect so you don’t seem pushy. Present your church as a group of people who truly care about families and your church as the place in the community where families can turn for fellowship and fun!
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