What is a VBS Training LAB?

An innovative way to equip VBS leaders through on-demand video training experiences & live online follow-up sessions.

You'll Learn all-new VBS tips and tricks & Belong to a great network of VBS leaders who share a similar desire to create a life-changing VBS experience for kids. Plus, VBS Training LABs solve the age-old problem of trying to gather busy volunteers on a certain day and time.

  • Comprehensive and cost-effective: Unlock training for your whole team on all things related to VBS programming and decorating, at one flat price!
  • More training content than ever before: Group VBS is bringing you more extensive training in brief, easy-to-follow videos.
  • Flexible and convenient: You and your entire team can watch anytime, anywhere, and in any way!
  • Role-specific training: The whole team can check out videos that pertain to their roles in VBS. Watch as many times as you like!
  • Easy to share: Directors, you'll effortlessly equip station leaders, crew leaders, preschool staff, and decorating teams by sharing role-specific videos.
  • Networking opportunities: You'll get access to live, online follow-up sessions to connect with other VBS leaders, who may be in your area or across the country! more info
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How Do VBS Training LABs Work?

VBS Training LABs are all digital and accesible anytime, anywhere, & on any device.

  1. Purchase your unique access code

    Purchase a VBS Training LAB access code for the VBS program your church is using & instantly receive your unique church access code .

  2. Share your unique access code

    Share your access code with your church team, and let the training begin!

  3. Use your unique access code

    When you're ready to start your training, visit the access portal to use your access code . You'll instantly unlock all the valuable content.

  4. Register for breakouts

    Once you gain access to all the training content, you'll have the option to sign up for digital breakout sessions! more info

Looking for a team-building time?

We've even included a tip sheet on how to use the VBS Training LAB content to create a VBS kickoff for your team!

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Online VBS Q & A Events

Network with other VBS leaders, ask questions, bounce some ideas, & get encouragement.

As part of your VBS Training Lab registration, you'll get access to LIVE online events where you can network with other VBS leaders, join topic-specific breakout rooms, ask questions of Group VBS experts, and more! Each 1½-hour session will be hosted by the Group VBS Team and veteran VBS leaders.

Breakout Sessions Include:

  • Decorating: Get all your DIY decorating questions answered!
  • Station Leaders: Have follow-up questions about station experiences? You can ask them here!
  • Directors: Get more tips and tricks for directing your best VBS yet and meet other VBS directors!
  • Preschool: Network with other preschool leaders and discover fun ways to engage your littlest learners!
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Your Access Code to Success!

Purchase a VBS Training LAB unique access code for you to use & share with your entire team! Training LAB is flexible enough to gather as a team at church or even online. Just pick the program you're using below and away you go...

2022 VBS Training LAB Access Codes Coming Soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Your entire VBS team! It's a one-stop training hub on all things related to the Group VBS program you're using. So…VBS directors, co-directors, station leaders, crew leaders, tribe leaders, decorating team, preschool leaders, and anyone else who's interested in volunteering in your program.

Nope! When you register your church, you'll be able to share access with your entire VBS team to participate. Yay!

The registration cost is one simple flat fee—$49.99 per church, no matter when you register—giving access to an unlimited number of VBS volunteers from your church. A tremendous value!

Of course! And as you recruit your VBS volunteers, you can easily share the content with them at any time!

A unique church access code will be emailed to you immediately after registering. Just share that code with your VBS team.

No, this church pricing structure is more economical than individual pricing and is meant to facilitate maximum participation in your church. One flat fee gives access to only leaders/volunteers from your church.

Due to the exclusive nature of the content that will be shared with you, registrations are nonrefundable.

Yes! It's jam-packed with exclusive information you'll use during the on-demand training sessions. Plus we've loaded it with helpful tips for station leaders, as well as step-by-step decorating instructions—complete with pictures! You'll get access to the downloadable booklet once you enter the VBS Training LAB homepage with the link in your confirmation email.

Physical VBS products are not required for the VBS Training LAB experience. You'll receive a plethora of digital resources to bring your training time to life, as well as a short list of super-easy-to-find, everyday items required for some fun hands-on experiences.

Absolutely! There's a section just for you called "New to Group VBS." Plus once you become part of the Group VBS family, we have an entire team ready to serve you!

You betcha! And you'll love that you can pick and choose what you want to learn about, skipping the stuff you already know (because you're a Group VBS veteran!). You'll appreciate the convenience of being able to email links to station leaders, crew or tribe leaders, preschool leaders, or decorators so they can watch just what they need!

Your church registration fee permits you to share this content only with members of your church. You may not reproduce, duplicate, post, or make available for public download any of the content from Group's VBS Training LAB.

Several hours of training content will be available, but we know your time is valuable. We've created short video segments by station or topic, so you only need to watch the sections that pertain to your role in VBS. And because it's on-demand, you can go back and rewatch segments as many times as you like! This is super helpful, especially when it comes to things like decorating!

Yes! We've even provided tips on how to create an exciting team-building event or kickoff to your VBS planning! Of course, we'll provide COVID-friendly protocols to make this a safe and fun team-building event. This will be available on the VBS Training LAB homepage.

We recommend watching the on-demand segments before participating in the live online Q & A's. Jot down any questions you may have as you watch the video segments so you'll be prepared to submit them in advance or ask them live.

Ideally a computer with a high-speed internet connection, but a tablet or mobile device will work if needed. A larger screen enables more effective viewing!

We'll be using Zoom. If you don't have a Zoom account, be sure to create an account and then download the FREE "Zoom Client for Meetings" application to your device or desktop (not the Zoom web client).

If you have a Zoom account, make sure you have the "Zoom Client for Meetings" downloaded to your device or desktop. If you have already downloaded Zoom, make sure you have the most recent Zoom updates.

Note: The Zoom web client allows joining a Zoom meeting or webinar without downloading any plugins or software. The Zoom Client for Meetings allows for more functionality and a better user experience.

We'll host them virtually on Zoom, and they will be topic/station-based. Because these sessions are networking opportunities, we request that participants sign on with a device that has video camera and microphone-use enabled. We'll utilize Zoom Rooms for idea sharing, discussion, and making new friends with VBS leaders in your neighborhood or across the country. These will be hosted by the Group VBS Team and veteran VBS leaders.

All things related to leading the 2021 Group VBS program you're using at your church! See the schedule for topics and dates on the Live Q & A Event tab found on the VBS Training LAB homepage. You'll have an opportunity to submit questions prior to the event, as well as ask during the live session.

Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings. Please register for the session that works best with your schedule and mark your calendars! These will be available from the end of February through mid-May. Registration will close two days prior to the event.

Register using the links on the Live Q & A Events tab, once you are in the VBS Training LAB homepage.

Yes! To provide effective interaction with other VBS leaders and maximize networking conversations, space will be limited. We all know what it's like to have too many people talking at once in a Zoom meeting!

We know these sessions are tons of fun and you may want to attend multiple times, but please limit your attendance to one session. This enables us to accommodate training opportunities for as many VBS leaders as possible.

No worries! You have everything you need to prepare for an incredible VBS in the on-demand training videos. If you have questions, nothing can replicate your live interaction with other VBS leaders. We'll have multiple opportunities available to try to accommodate schedules. We hope you'll register early and book the time in your calendar as if you were attending an in-person event.

Unfortunately, no. Part of the church registration fee gives you exclusive access to the live online Q & A events. The Q & A events are private and only available to churches that have registered for Group's VBS Training LAB.

We'll be using Zoom. If you don't have a Zoom account, be sure to create an account and then download the FREE "Zoom Client for Meetings" application to your device or desktop (not the Zoom web client).

If you have a Zoom account, make sure you have the "Zoom Client for Meetings" downloaded to your device or desktop. If you have already downloaded Zoom, make sure you have the most recent Zoom updates.

Note: The Zoom web client allows joining a Zoom meeting or webinar without downloading any plugins or software. The Zoom Client for Meetings allows for more functionality and a better user experience.