We recently partnered with Lauren Hunter from Church Tech Today to do some research on the operational impact to church budgets related to the use of the facility for Vacation Bible School. I had not given much thought to this and so when Lauren asked the question, I kicked myself since I didn’t already know the answers.
You can find her entire post HERE…but here are a few points that really stuck out to me. Most churches…
…did not see a rise in insurance costs
…had some extra trash and water expenses
…had some carpet cleaning and facilities wear and tear that wasn’t optimal but was tolerable
…were willing to pay for background checks to ensure the safety of children
…a few of the church polled no longer offered VBS due to expense or other ministry objectives
But here was the big one for me…most, if not ALL of the churches that our team interviewed that still provided VBS as a church function, felt that the facilities costs involved were more than worth it to share the Gospel with children.
While I am a big fan of operational and budget efficiency…at the end of the day, our ministry facilities are still meant to be a tool to further the gospel and minister to people. Period!
Planning every church event, including Vacation Bible School, involves a myriad of details, including coordinating with multiple departments, reserving rooms and/or services, managing expenses, and communicating the event to potential attendees. Here we provide a simple and effective guide to understanding all the factors the influence event success and how to be INTENTIONAL and IMPACTFUL.