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Apply Now to Host a 2019 VBS FunShop—US and Canada!

Are you a VBS Groupie? Do you start thinking about VBS in January? Do you like to connect with new people and organize events? If so, you have what it takes to be a great VBS FunShop host!

What is a VBS FunShop?

A VBS FunShop is a FUN, power-packed 3 ½ -hour training event led by a Group VBS veteran at your church. This hands-on training equips VBS directors, leaders and volunteers on all things related to the VBS program and decorating. Your team partners with Group to host participants, gather and prep supplies, and learn all the best how-to’s for making this your best VBS ever! Plus, you’ll also receive lots of great perks for your hard work!

How to Apply

  1. Choose from two great VBS programs: Roar VBS 2019 LogoAthens VBS 2019 Logo
  2. Complete our online application
    We are looking for Roar hosts for English and Spanish.

Please email us at VBSTeam@group.com for a copy of the FunShop Host FAQs to check out the exciting hosting benefits, or if you have any other questions about VBS FunShops.

Host applications are being accepted through September 1, 2018. We will announce our 2019 locations by November 1.

Registration for 2019 FunShops opens January 2019.

Over 275 FunShop Events Around the Country!

Group's VBS FunShop events offer hands-on-training where you’ll learn how to create amazing decorations with step-by-step instructions, experience a “Day at VBS,” network and learn how to plan, coordinate and pull off an amazing VBS event. Learn how to make every second count at VBS. Get practical pointers on all things VBS—including fundraising, volunteer recruiting, decorating, and family follow-up. Get an energizing jump start to your VBS season, and...have fun! Bring all your key leaders!

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Event Details


  • $20/person early bird (ends Monday at noon local time 13 days prior to the event date)
  • $15/person 5+ people from same church (ends Monday at noon local time 13 days prior to the event date)
  • $40/person (registering within 12 days of the event or at the door)


Meet and mingle with other VBS Groupies in your area and coordinate sharing props and decorating resources.


Most events are scheduled for 3.5 hours. Check specific events for details.


  • Participant Booklet with step-by-step decoration instructions, pictures, tips and more!
  • Giveaways!
  • Exclusive FunShop Gift!

Sample Schedule

8:30 AM Registration/Refreshments/Networking
9:00 AM FunShop & Networking
12:30 PM On your way home...ready for VBS!
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