Summer Teams

About Summer Teams

During the summer, you’ll find anywhere from 30 to 40 AFLBS 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, AFLBS, along with AFLC Home Missions, sends anywhere between seven and nine 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.


Meet the Teams

  • Ambassadors Summer Team

    Seth Moan, Esther Johnson, Alex Monseth, Rachel Quanbeck, Joey Johnson

    Itinerary

    Dates Church/Camp
    May 25 -30
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    Sunday, May 31
    9:00 AM
    Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church
    5939 Oliver Ave SW,
    Cokato, MN
    Sunday, May 31
    7:00 PM
    Solid Rock Free Lutheran Church
    737 Bob Ehlen Dr.,
    Anoka, MN
    May 31 – June 6
    Week 1
    Galilee Pre-Teen Camp
    Lake Bronson, MN
    June 7-13
    Week 2
    Galilee Teen Camp
    Lake Bronson, MN
    Sunday, June 14
    9:00 AM
    Maranatha Free Lutheran Church
    Glyndon, MN
    Sunday, June 14
    7:00 PM
    Bethel Free Lutheran Church
    1566 Hill Ave,
    Grafton, ND
    Tuesday, June 16
    7:00 PM

    Our Saviors' Lutheran Church
    502 West 1st St,
    Argyle, MN
    Wednesday, June 17
    7:00 PM
    Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
    2075 US Hwy 59 SE,
    Thief River Falls, MN
    Thursday, June 18
    7:30 PM
    Mt. Carmel Free Lutheran Church
    3rd & State St.,
    McIntosh, MN
    Friday, June 19
    2:00 PM
    Pioneer Memorial Care Center
    23028 347th St SE,
    Erskine, MN
    June 21-27
    Week 4
    Bethany Camp
    Bemidji, MN
    Sunday, June 28
    10:30 AM
    Peace Lutheran Church
    202 N College St.,
    St. Francis, KS
    June 28 – July 4
    Week 5
    Free Lutheran Youth Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    Sunday, July 5
    9:00 AM
    Lutheran Church of Hope
    2595 Monroe Ave,
    Loveland, CO
    Tuesday, July 7
    7:00 PM
    Community Lutheran Church
    4507 Mission Ave,
    Oceanside, CA
    Wednesday, July 8
    7:00 PM
    Reformation Lutheran Church
    846 S Johnson Ave,
    El Cajon, CA
    Thursday, July 9
    7:00 PM
    Holy Cross Church
    1212 Maricopa Highway,
    Ojai, CA
    Saturday, July 11
    5:00 PM
    Lutheran Church of the Cross
    24231 El Toro Rd,
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Sunday, July 12
    9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
    380 Arneill Rd,
    Camarillo, CA
    Monday, July 13
    7:00 PM
    United Lutheran Church
    649 Northgate,
    Manteca, CA
    Wednesday, July 15
    St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church
    72 E San Joaquin St.,
    Salinas, CA
    Friday, July 17
    TBD
    Kern Valley Hospital
    Kernville, CA
    Sunday, July 19
    10:30 AM
    Calvary Free Lutheran Church
    590 N 96th St.,
    Mesa, AZ
    Tuesday, July 21
    7:00 PM
    Faith Lutheran Church
    3802 N Washington Ave,
    Durant, OK
    Wednesday, July 22
    7:00 PM
    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    2756 S Blackman Rd,
    Springfield, MO
    Thursday, July 23
    7:00 PM
    Christ Lutheran Church
    505 W 2nd St.,
    Stover, MO
    Friday, July 24
    7:30 PM
    First American Lutheran Church
    300 S Carpenter St,
    Tripp, SD
    July 26 - Aug 1
    Week 9
    Pickerel Lake Jr. High Camp
    *July 26-31
    2043 Bible Camp Road
    Grenville, SD
    Sunday, August 2
    9:15 AM
    Amery Free Lutheran Church
    647 113th St.,
    Amery, WI
    Aug 2-8
    Week 10
    ARC Family Camp
    2372 30th Ave
    Osceola, WI
    Sunday, August 9
    10:15 AM
    St. Olaf Lutheran Church
    1233 Douglas Ave,
    Montgomery, IL
    Sunday, August 9
    6:30 PM
    Helmar Lutheran Church
    11935 Lisbon Rd.,
    Newark, IL
    Monday, August 10 Newark Lutheran Church
    101 E Liberty St.,
    Newark, IL
    Tuesday, August 11 Trinity Lutheran Church
    2727 Holiday Dr.,
    Janesville, WI
    Friday, August 14
    7:00 PM
    Faith Free Lutheran Church
    Minneapolis, MN
    August 15
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Cornerstone Summer Team

    Jeremy Nikunen, Sarah Hoiland, Sarah Ballmann, Patrick Howat

    Itinerary

    Dates Church/Camp
    May 25 -30
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    May 31 – June 6
    Week 1
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
    200 19th St NW
    Beulah, ND

    Trinity Lutheran Parish
    200 3rd Ave NW (PO Box 218)
    Golden Valley, ND
    June 7-13
    Week 2
    Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
    715 E. Bannack
    Dillon, MT
    June 14-20
    Week 3
    AFLC Annual Conference
    Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center
    Stanwood, WA
    June 21-27
    Week 4
    Pacific Northwest Family Camp
    6905 172nd St. NE
    Arlington, WA
    June 28 – July 4
    Week 5
    Free Lutheran Youth Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    July 5-11
    Week 6
    Zion Free Lutheran
    602 Zion S. Jefferson
    Wadena, MN

    Bethany Free Lutheran Church
    Sebeka, MN
    July 12-18
    Week 7
    Ny Stavanger Free Lutheran Church P.O. Box 96
    Buxton, ND

    Christ The King Free Lutheran
    1913 3rd Ave. NW
    East Grand Forks, MN
    July 19-25
    Week 8
    Elim Free Lutheran Church
    5th St.
    Clinton, MN
    July 26 - Aug 1
    Week 9
    New Luther Valley Lutheran Church
    PO Box 215
    McVille, ND

    Bethany Free Lutheran Church
    Binford, ND
    Aug 2-8
    Week 10
    Bethany Free Lutheran Church
    17350 County Road 6
    Wahpeton, ND
    Aug 9-15
    Week 11
    Christ the King Free Lutheran Church
    804 th Ave NE
    Pipestone, MN
    August 15
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Covenant Summer Team

    Clayton Christensen, Joe Frech, Audrey Knuutila, Haley Thramer

    Itinerary

    Dates Church/Camp
    May 25 -30
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    May 31 – June 6
    Week 1
    Trinity Bergen Lutheran Church
    309 Main Street / P.O. Box 46
    Starkweather, ND
    June 7-13
    Week 2
    Calvary Free Lutheran Church
    E2916 State Rd. M 94
    Eben Junction, MI
    June 14-20
    Week 3
    Abiding Word Lutheran Church
    PO Box 54
    Felch, MI
    June 21-27
    Week 4
    ARC Fire Up Youth Camp
    2372 30th Ave
    Osceola, WI
    June 28 – July 4
    Week 5
    Free Lutheran Youth Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    July 5-11
    Week 6
    Emmanuel Lutheran Church
    PO box 337
    Eagle Butte, SD

    Bethel Lutheran Church
    14596 SD Hwy 73
    Faith, SD
    July 12-18
    Week 7
    Our Savior Free Lutheran Church
    602 8th Ave Se St. (PO Box 927)
    Stanley, ND
    July 19-25
    Week 8
    Emmanuel Free Lutheran Church
    1213 3 Ave. W.
    Williston, ND
    July 26 - Aug 1
    Week 9
    United Free Lutheran Church
    845 Old Ridge Road
    Greenbush, MN
    Aug 2-8
    Week 10
    Rose Free Lutheran Church
    30804 Cty Rd 15
    Roseau, MN
    Aug 9-15
    Week 11
    Grace Lutheran Church (Chippewa)
    P.O. Box 32
    Brandon, MN

    Minnewaska Lutheran Church
    P.O. Box 87
    Starbuck, MN
    August 15
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Foundation Summer Team

    Scott Quanbeck, Katie Berge, Diana Alverson, Sam Quanbeck

    Itinerary

    Dates Church/Camp
    May 25 -30
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    May 31 – June 6
    Week 1
    Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church
    220 Doheny St.
    Northwood, ND
    June 7-13
    Week 2
    Grace Free Lutheran Church
    15655 Bass Lake Road
    Maple Grove, MN
    June 14-20
    Week 3
    True Vine Lutheran Church
    130 S. Park St, P.O. Box 358
    Mora, MN
    June 21-27
    Week 4
    Pickerel Lake Sr. High Camp
    2043 Bible Camp Road
    Grenville, SD
    June 28 – July 4
    Week 5
    Free Lutheran Youth Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    July 5-11
    Week 6
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    39695 SW Hwy 44
    Armour, SD
    July 12-18
    Week 7
    Emmanuel Lutheran Church
    42957 County 1 Boulevard
    Kenyon, MN
    July 19-25
    Week 8
    Mt. Sion Lutheran
    502 1st Ave. SW
    Kasson, MN

    Zion Lutheran Church
    Dexter, MN
    July 26 - Aug 1
    Week 9
    St. John’s Free Lutheran Church
    3601 West Arrowhead Road
    Duluth, MN
    Aug 2-8
    Week 10
    ARC Family Camp
    2372 30th Ave
    Osceola, WI
    Aug 9-15
    Week 11
    Living Hope Church
    PO Box 508
    St. Michael, MN
    August 15
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Joshua Summer Team

    Scott Olson, Kaelyn Anderson, Aislinn Fogarty, Jonny Sollie

    Itinerary

    Dates Church/Camp
    May 25 -30
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    May 31 – June 6
    Week 1
    Grace Free Lutheran Church
    2351 West Main St
    Valley City, ND
    June 7-13
    Week 2
    Bethel Free Lutheran Church
    1566 Hill Ave
    Grafton, ND

    Victory Free Lutheran Church
    113 Oak St.
    Park River, ND
    June 14-20
    Week 3
    St. Paul’s Free Lutheran Church
    2802 12th Street South
    Fargo, ND
    June 21-27
    Week 4
    Bethel Free Lutheran Church
    530 22nd Ave NW
    Minot, ND
    June 28 – July 4
    Week 5
    Free Lutheran Youth Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    July 5-11
    Week 6
    Bethany Free Lutheran Church
    451 34th St
    Astoria, OR
    July 12-18
    Week 7
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    PO Box 7110 - 1200 Easy St
    Brookings, OR
    July 19-25
    Week 8
    Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
    11611 NE 140th Street
    Kirkland, WA
    July 26 - Aug 1
    Week 9
    Stillwater Free Lutheran Church
    1401 Church Drive
    Kalispell, MT
    Aug 2-8
    Week 10
    Eastern ND Teen Camp
    Camp FaHoCha
    Warwick, ND
    Aug 9-15
    Week 11
    Eastern ND Pre-Teen Camp
    Camp FaHoCha
    Warwick, ND
    August 15
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Timothy Summer Team

    Daniel Korhonen, Abigail Smith, Danielle Helwig, Phil Erickson

    Itinerary

    Dates Church/Camp
    May 25 -30
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    May 31 – June 6
    Week 1
    Slim Buttes Lutheran Church
    PO Box 92
    Reva, SD
    June 7-13
    Week 2
    Bethel Community Church
    PO Box 574
    Culbertson, MT
    June 14-20
    Week 3
    Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
    614 E 11th ST
    Dickinson, ND
    June 21-27
    Week 4
    Zion Lutheran Church
    221 N Main
    Tioga, ND
    June 28 – July 4
    Week 5
    Free Lutheran Youth Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    July 5-11
    Week 6
    Community of Grace Church
    3434 N 204th Street
    Elkhorn, NE
    July 12-18
    Week 7
    Redeemer Free Lutheran Church
    47992 West 5th Street
    Canton, SD

    Community Outreach for Youth and Families
    Beresford, SD
    July 19-25
    Week 8
    Salem Lutheran Church
    3400 Ziegler Avenue
    Radcliffe, IA

    St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
    3726 Nelson Ave
    Jewel, IA
    July 26 - Aug 1
    Week 9
    Grace Free Lutheran Church
    1121 S 1st St
    Dekalb, IL
    Aug 2-8
    Week 10
    St. Olaf Lutheran Church
    1233 Douglas Avenue
    Montgomery, IL
    Aug 9-15
    Week 11
    Living Word Lutheran Church
    4300 Nicols Road
    Eagan, MN
    August 15
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • North Barnabas Summer Team

    Daniel Long, Liz Ballmann, Erin Dahl, Micah Fagerstrom

    Itinerary

    Dates (Sun-Sat) Church
    May 25 -30
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    May 31- June 6
    Week 1
    New Hope Free Lutheran
    407 4th St. SE,
    Jamestown, ND 58401
    June 7-13
    Week 2
    Hope Free Lutheran
    228 5th Ave
    Enderlin, ND 58027
    June 14-20
    Week 3
    West Prairie Lutheran
    173 Prairiewood Circle
    Kindred, ND 58057
    June 21-27
    Week 4
    The Black Hills Gathering
    2111 B N. LaCrosse
    Rapid City, SD 57701
    (Sunday through Friday Noon)
    June 28 - July 4
    Week 5
    Free Lutheran Youth Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    July 5-11
    Week 6
    Peace Free Lutheran
    28 Elm Street
    Canal Winchester, OH 43110
    July 12-18
    Week 7
    St. Peter’s Lutheran (LCMC)
    6168 Walmore Rd
    Sanborn, NY 14132
    July 19-25
    Week 8
    Living Faith Lutheran
    1206 Montgomery Ave
    Boyertown, PA 19512
    July 26 - Aug 1
    Week 9
    Disciple Lutheran Fellowship
    333 North Kenhorst Blvd.
    Reading, PA 19607
    Aug 2 – 8
    Week 10
    Christ Community
    1016 Spruce Street
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
    Aug 9 - 15
    Week 11
    St. John’s Lutheran
    6004 Linnville Rd.
    Newark, OH 43056
    (Sunday –Thursday)
    (Friday is a travel day)
    August 15
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • South Barnabas Summer Team

    Sam Schierkolk, Grace Johnson, Alisha Kneeland, Micah Jacobsen

    Itinerary

    Dates (Sun-Sat) Church
    May 25 -30
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    May 31- June 6
    Week 1
    Faith Lutheran
    3464 Old Marion Rd.
    Metropolis, IL 62960
    (VBS starts Sunday evening)
    June 7-13
    Week 2
    Christ Lutheran
    505 W. 2nd St.
    Stover, MO 65078
    June 14-20
    Week 3
    First Lutheran Church
    1300 North Robinson Ave
    Oklahoma City, OK 73103
    June 21-27
    Week 4
    Immanuel Lutheran
    2745 S. Blackman Rd.
    Springfield, MO 65809
    June 28 - July 4
    Week 5
    Free Lutheran Youth Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    July 5-11
    Week 6
    Calvary Free Lutheran
    590 N 96th Street
    Mesa, AZ 85207-7006
    (Double Week)
    July 12-18
    Week 7
    Community Lutheran
    4507 Mission Ave.
    Oceanside, CA 92057
    (Sunday through Friday)
    July 19-25
    Week 8
    St. Ansgars’ Lutheran
    72 E. San Joaquin St.
    Salinas, CA 93907
    (Sunday through Friday)
    July 26 - Aug 1
    Week 9
    Good Shepherd Free Lutheran
    380 Arneil Rd.
    Camarillo, CA 93010
    Aug 2-8
    Week 10
    Holy Cross Lutheran
    1212 Maricopa Highway
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (Sunday –Thursday)
    (Friday is a travel day)
    August 9 - 15
    Week 11
    Lutheran Church of Hope
    2595 Monroe Ave
    Loveland, CO 80538-3286
    (Sunday –Thursday)
    (Friday is a travel day)
    August 15
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Zion Summer Team

    Alex Woodworth, Alicia Kuhlmann, Christina Hoops, Josiah Hurner

    Itinerary

    Dates Church/Camp
    May 25 -30
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    May 31 – June 6
    Week 1
    St. Olaf Free Lutheran Church
    25284 342nd Ave.
    Chamberlain, SD
    June 7-13
    Week 2
    Christian Free Lutheran Church
    407 N Main St., PO Box 339
    Wheatland, IA
    June 14-20
    Week 3
    Cornerstone Lutheran Church
    1540 Old Hwy 81
    Argyle, WI
    June 21-27
    Week 4
    Grace Lutheran Church
    10025 N State Rt 47
    Morris, IL

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church
    202 W. Jefferson
    Morris, IL
    June 28 – July 4
    Week 5
    Free Lutheran Youth Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    July 5-11
    Week 6
    Galilee Family Bible Camp
    Lake Bronson State Park
    Lake Bronson, MN
    July 12-18
    Week 7
    Grace Lutheran Church
    332 Vance Ave. S
    Erskine, MN
    July 19-25
    Week 8
    Maranatha Free Lutheran Church
    101 Foundation Ave
    Glyndon, MN

    Maranatha-Ulen Free Lutheran Church
    29 1st St NW
    Ulen, MN
    July 26 - Aug 1
    Week 9
    Our Savior’s Free Lutheran Church
    502 West 1st Street
    Argyle, MN
    Aug 2-8
    Week 10
    Calvary Free Lutheran Church
    1416 County Highway 111
    Fergus Falls, MN
    Aug 9-15
    Week 11
    Word of Life Free Lutheran Church
    Po Box 220
    Upsala, MN
    August 15
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Ambassadors:  Made up of two men, two women, and an accompanist, this team is commited to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ through musical concerts and through testimony of what God has done in their lives.
  • Majesty: This team, made up of five individuals (at least two young men and two young women), serves a dual purpose in ministry. During the summer weeks, they serve as both camp worship leaders/counselors and as VBS teachers in various congregations.
  • Cornerstone, Timothy, Joshua, Foundation, Covenant, Zion: 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 camp counselors as well.
  • North Barnabas: The North Barnabas team, an AFLC Home Missions team made up of two men and two women, travels throughout the midwest and eastern portion of the states, serving churches through VBS ministry.
  • South Barnabas: Also sent out by the AFLC Home Missions Department, the South Barnabas team conducts Vacation Bible School throughout the midwest and southwestern states.

 


Request a Team

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

  • To request a team, fill out the Request Form online. Please submit forms no later than February 1st.
  • 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.
  • Please indicate if you have a preference for an AFLBS team or a Home Missions Barnabas Team. (Home Mission Congregations have first priority for Barnabas Teams)

Cost/Suggested Donation: $1150 for a summer team to minister for one week.  $1600 ($800 per congregation) where there are two congregations and two Vacation Bible School’s in one week. For Ambassador and Majesty 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 the first week of June through mid August.

VBS Materials:   Each year, the curriculum is chosen by late February.  We send our teams fully equipped to teach this material and assist congregations in outreach and evangelism.

 


Mailed requests

For an AFLBS Team:
(Ambassadors, Majesty, Cornerstone,
Foundation, Timothy, or Joshua):
AFLBS
Attn. Chad Friestad
3134 E. Medicine Lake Blvd.
Plymouth, MN  55441
(763) 544-9501
chadf@aflc.org

For a Barnabas Team:

AFLC Home Missions
Attn. Pastor Paul Nash
3110 E. Medicine Lake Blvd.
Plymouth, MN  55441
(763) 545-5631
homemis@aflc.org

FAQs

What curriculum/theme is being used this year‌?

We will be using Concordia Publishing's Camp DiscoveryWe recommend purchasing the curriculum kit at a 10% discount through Ambassador Publications Online Store or call 763-412-2010. Receive an additional 5% off through April 15 by using this code: VBSSAV5. Other supplemental supplies can be ordered through the Ambassador Publications office by calling 763-412-2010.  

Where can we buy the curriculum kit and supplies?

We will provide this information once the curriculum is chosen.

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 AFLBS office by July 15. We encourage churches to make payments earlier, if possible.

Does the team provide its own transportation?

Yes. The team drives a van that will transport them to each ministry destination. When team members are staying in separate homes, they will occasionally request a ride from their host family. Those details can be worked out upon arrival.

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.

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.

 

 

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