Summer Teams

Dear VBS Leaders,

It is with an exceptionally heavy heart that FLBC has made the decision to cancel summer team ministry this year. The circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have left us in a very difficult place in which to continue summer team ministry even in a modified way. The Board of Trustees wisely wanted to take some time to prayerfully explore with us these possible modifications, but it was determined to be too difficult to move forward when the situation into July is very unclear.  For the safety of you, our host families, our youth, our children, and our congregations, we feel that this is the only way forward, albeit very disappointing.

I realize that for those moving forward with your VBS’s this is deeply disappointing news. I would encourage you to reach out to those FLBC students and/or other young people in your congregations to help serve in that ministry. We know God has not stopped working through you all in this pandemic. We stand in prayerful support of your ministries and regret not being able to come alongside you in this service.

As always, we welcome your questions and concerns. You can direct these to me at adam.osier@flbc.edu.

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve with you next summer.

In Christ,

Rev. Adam Osier
FLBC Dean

 

Registration is now closed.

About Summer Teams

During the summer, you’ll find anywhere from 30 to 40 FLBC students scattered in teams across the US. These Summer Ministry Teams focus on teaching children in Vacation Bible School, counseling youth at Bible camps, and performing music concerts for spiritual encouragement and spreading the gospel message.

Each summer, FLBC sends anywhere between eight and ten teams to encourage believers, reach young people for the Lord, and make disciples of Jesus Christ through Vacation Bible School, concerts, and Bible Camps. Teams are also fully equipped to share testimonies, lead youth group events, and assist with outreach.

Ambassadors

Made up of two men, two women, and an accompanist, this team is committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ through musical concerts and through testimony of what God has done in their lives.

Cornerstone, Joshua, Foundation, Covenant, Jeremiah

Each of these teams, composed of two men and two women, travel to churches throughout the AFLC, ministering to children and family through VBS. Occasionally, the teams serve as dorm room leaders as well.

2020 Summer Teams

 

Ambassadors

Ambassadors

Team: Micah Moan, Kristina Korhonen, Caley Pederson, Keziah, ...
Cornerstone

Cornerstone

Team: Mikah Olson, Bobbi Jo Alverson, Grace Taylor, Christian Bickel ...
Covenant

Covenant

Team: William Alverson, Sarah Duffy, Hannah Boyer, Brett Erickson ...
Foundation

Foundation

Team: Mark Thonsgaard, Miah Johnson, Phoebe Holt, Isak Olson ...
Jeremiah

Jeremiah

Team: Matthew Monseth, Lydia Carr, Miciah Renn, Micah Setness ...
Joshua

Joshua

Team: Nicholas Mathsen, Ashley Feist, Madison Trussoni, Weston ...

Request a Team

Each team member goes through an application and interview process before they are called to serve on a team.  The final team selections will be announced at the beginning of February.  Team schedules are finalized mid-March.  Itineraries typically become complete and public at the end of March or beginning of April.

  • Summer Team Requests will open December 15th and are due February 1st. To request a team, fill out the Request Form online. Forms are due February 1st, 2019.
  • To help us in the scheduling process, please include at least three possible dates/weeks that would work for your church to host a team. If your church or camp is open to any week, please indicate that. We will notify you when we have found a week that works best for both the team and the church, and we will confirm the date with you then.

Cost/Suggested Donation: $1350 for a summer team to minister for one week.  $1900 ($950 per congregation) where there are two congregations and two Vacation Bible Schools in one week. For Ambassador concerts, we ask for a free-will offering to be taken at the concert.

 Team Training: All summer team members enroll in a practical Children’s Ministry training class throughout the Spring semester that prepares them for Summer ministry. All students also participate in an intensive summer ministry training week during the final week of May as well.

Team Availability: Teams are available from June 2, 2019, through August 9, 2019.

VBS Materials:  We will be using Roar VBS 2019 by Group with lessons from AFLC Ambassador Publications.

Contact Information

FLBC
3134 E. Medicine Lake Blvd.
Plymouth, MN  55441
(763) 544-9501

Michelle Franz – michelle.franz@flbc.edu

FAQs

What curriculum/theme is being used this year‌?

Mystery Island – Answers in Genesis

When do we need to submit our payment for the team‌? Before the team comes or after‌?

All payments from churches are due to the FLBC office by July 15. We encourage churches to make payments earlier, if possible.

Does the team provide its own transportation?

Yes. Churches are asked to provide host families for the team. Typically, male team members stay in one home and female members stay in another home. We ask that the host families provide a positive, clean, and safe living environment for the team.

Are we responsible for housing the team?

Yes. Churches are asked to provide host families for the team. Typically, male team members stay in one home and female members stay in another home. We ask that the host families provide a positive, clean, and safe living environment for the team.

How many male and female team members are on each team?

Most teams have two males and two females. Five person music teams have either two males and three females or two females and three males.

Are we responsible for meals for the team?

Yes. We ask that the church provide meals for the team throughout the week, whether it’s meals provided in host homes, meals hosted at the church, or meals hosted by various congregation members. This usually is a highlight of the team’s stay and an enjoyable experience for host churches.

How do you recommend dividing age group/classes‌?

Typically, students are divided into four groups: Pre-school and Kindergarten; 1st and 2nd grade; 3rd and 4thgrade; and 5th and 6th grade. Each team member will be responsible for teaching one age group. For churches with very large VBS programs (75 or more kids), we recommend these groups to be further divided and for the church to provide additional teachers.

Who is in charge of crafts?

Churches are responsible for providing craft supplies. It is recommended that the church also provide a craft leader. The team will be available for assisting the craft leader. In the absence of a craft leader, team members can lead the craft time, provided they have proper instructions and supplies.

Who is in charge of games?

Our teams will be fully trained to lead game time for the kids. However, if churches decide to provide their own game leader, the team members will be more than willing to participate and help the game leader.