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 2016

    Rachel Dryburgh, Ryan Jones, Marquelle Dahl, Alex Monseth, and Emily Johnson

    Itinerary

    Last updated on June 28
    Dates Church
    May 30 – June 4
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    Tuesday, June 7
    7:00 PM
    St. Paul's Free Lutheran
    2802 12th St. S,
    Fargo, ND 58103
    Wednesday, June 8
    7:00 PM
    Drayton Lutheran
    209 S. Main Street,
    Drayton, ND 58225
    Thursday, June 9
    7:00 PM
    Ebenezer Lutheran Church
    220 S. Dohney St.,
    Northwood, ND 58267
    Friday, June 10
    7:00 PM
    Grace Free Lutheran
    2351 W. Main St.,
    Valley City, ND 58072
    Sunday, June 12
    9:00AM
    Good Shepherd Free Lutheran
    5939 Oliver Avenue SW,
    Cokato, MN 55321
    June 12-18
    Week 2
    Annual Conference
    Association Retreat Center
    2372 30th Ave.
    Osceola, WI 54020
    Sunday, June 19
    9:30 AM
    Calvary Free Lutheran
    910 6th St NE,
    Fosston, MN 56542
    Sunday, June 19
    7:00 PM
    Rose Free Lutheran Church
    30804 County Road 15,
    Roseau, MN 56751
    June 19-25
    Week 3
    Galilee Teen Camp
    Lake Bronson, MN
    (June 21st-26th)
    June 26 – July 2
    Week 4
    Galilee Pre-Teen Camp
    Lake Bronson, MN
    (June 26th-30th)
    Friday, July 1
    7:00 PM
    Our Savior's Luthern
    2075 US Hwy 59 SE,
    Thief River Falls, MN 56701
    Sunday, July 3
    10:00 AM
    Living Hope Church
    24550 Territorial Rd.,
    Rogers, MN 55374
    Tuesday, July 5
    7:00 PM
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    3726 Nelson Ave.,
    Jewell, IA 50130
    Wednesday, July 6
    7:30 PM
    St. Olaf Lutheran Church
    1233 Douglas Ave.,
    Montgromery, IL 60538
    Thursday, July 7
    7:00 PM
    St. John's Lutheran of Schwer
    1812 E. 1130 North Rd.,
    Milford, IL 60953
    Friday, July 8
    7:00 PM
    Peace Free Lutheran Church
    28 Elm St.,
    Canal Winchester, OH 43110
    Sunday, July 10
    Morning Services: 8:30 & 11am,
    Sunday School: 9:45am,
    Concert 7:00PM
    Ruthfred Lutheran Church
    3401 South Park Road,
    Bethel Park, PA 15102
    Tuesday, July 12
    7:00PM
    St. Paul's Evangelical Free Lutheran
    21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd.,
    Hagerstown, 21742
    Sunday, July 17
    9:30 AM
    Newark Lutheran
    101 East Liberty St.,
    Newark, IL 60541
    July 17-23
    Week 7
    FLY Beyond
    Association Retreat Center
    2372 30th Ave.
    Osceola, WI 54020
    (July 18th-22nd)
    Sunday, July 24
    8am, 9:30am, 11am
    Abiding Savior Free Lutheran
    4100 South Bahnson Ave,
    Sioux Falls, SD 57103
    Sunday, July 24
    7:00 PM
    First American Lutheran Church
    300 S Carpenter St.,
    Tripp, SD 57376
    Monday, July 25
    7:30 PM
    Pickerel Jr. High Camp
    Tuesday, July 26
    TBD
    Slim Buttes Lutheran Church
    2 1/2 Of E Reva,
    Reva, SD 57651
    Wednesday, July 27
    7:00 PM
    Bethel Lutheran Church
    419 Main Street,
    Faith, SD 57626
    July 29 - 30
    Week 8
    TBD AFLBS 50th Anniversary
    (July 29th-31st)
    July 31 - Aug 6
    Week 9
    ARC Family Camp
    Association Retreat Center
    2372 30th Ave.
    Osceola, WI 54020
    Sunday, August 7
    10:30 AM
    Dalton Free Lutheran Parish
    Dalton, MN
    Tuesday, August 9
    7:00 PM
    Trinity Free Lutheran
    3426 Chestnut St.,
    Grand Forks, ND 58201
    Friday, August 12
    7:00 PM
    Faith Free Lutheran
    140 W 44th St.,
    Minneapolis, MN 55409
    August 13
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Cornerstone Summer Team 2016

    Caleb Holt, Jerica Braun, Morgan Feistner, and Samuel Chinchin

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 30 – June 4
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 5-11
    Week 1
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    39695 SD Hwy 44
    Armour, SD 57313

    Amazing Grace Free Lutheran
    1023 Minnesota Street
    Mitchell, SD 57301
    June 12-18
    Week 2
    St. Olaf Free Lutheran
    25284 342nd Ave.
    Chamberlain, SD 57325
    June 19-25
    Week 3
    Pickerel Sr. High Camp
    2043 Bible Camp Rd.
    Grenville, SD 57239
    (June 19th-24th)
    June 26 – July 2
    Week 4
    Slim Buttes Lutheran Church
    PO Box 92
    Reva, SD 57651
    July 3-9
    Week 5
    Emmanuel Lutheran Church
    PO Box 337
    Eagle Butte, SD 57625

    Bethel Lutheran Church
    PO Box 423
    Faith, SD 57626
    July 10-16
    Week 6
    Redeemer Free Lutheran Church
    47992 West 5th Street
    Canton, SD 57103
    July 17-23
    Week 7
    Ortley Free Lutheran Church
    2123 W. 1st Ave. Box 272
    Waubay, SD 57273
    July 24 - 30
    Week 8
    Pickerel Jr. High Camp
    2043 Bible Camp Rd.
    Grenville, SD 57239
    (July 24th-29th)
    July 31 - Aug 6
    Week 9
    Maranatha Free Lutheran
    101 Foundation Ave. PO Box 94
    Glyndon, MN 56547

    Maranatha-Ulen
    29 1st St. NW
    Ulen, MN 56585
    August 7 - 12
    Week 10
    Rose Lutheran Church
    30804 Co. Rd. 15
    Roseau, MN 56751
    August 13
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Covenant Summer Team 2016

    Matt Erickson, Jennifer Albright, Sarah Anderson, and Daniel Korhonen

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 30 – June 4
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 5-11
    Week 1
    United Free Lutheran Church
    911 Old Ridge Road
    Greenbush, MN 56726

    Badger Creek – Oiland Parish
    PO Box 6
    Badger, MN 56714
    June 12-18
    Week 2
    Bethel Free Lutheran
    1566 Hill Ave.
    Grafton, ND 58237

    Victory Free Lutheran
    113 Oak St.
    Park River, ND 58270
    June 19-25
    Week 3
    St. Paul’s Free Lutheran
    2802 12th St. S.
    Fargo, ND 58103
    June 26 – July 2
    Week 4
    Bethany Bible Camp
    51497 Tanager Dr.
    Bemidji, MN 56601
    (June 26th-30th)
    July 3-9
    Week 5
    Abiding Faith Free Lutheran
    433 Crestview Ave.
    Ortonville, MN 56278
    July 10-16
    Week 6
    Galilee Family Camp
    Lake Bronson, MN 56734
    (July 11th-15th)
    July 17-23
    Week 7
    New Lutheran Valley Lutheran
    PO Box 215
    McVille, ND 58254

    Bethany Lutheran Church
    PO Box 74
    Binford, ND 58254
    July 24 - 30
    Week 8
    Hauge Lutheran Church
    498686 County 59 Blvd.
    Kenyon, MN 55946
    July 31 - Aug 6
    Week 9
    Living Hope Church
    24550 Territorial Road
    Rogers, MN 55374
    August 7 - 12
    Week 10
    Zion & Bethany Free Lutheran
    602 South Jefferson St.
    Wadena, MN 56482
    August 13
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Foundation Summer Team 2016

    John Peterson, Moriah Graham, Kirsten Winston, and Jonny Sollie

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 30 – June 4
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 5-11
    Week 1
    Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
    2075 Highway 59 SE, Box 269
    Thief River Falls, MN 56701
    June 12-18
    Week 2
    Grace Lutheran
    332 Vance Ave.
    Erskine, MN 56535
    June 19-25
    Week 3
    Zion Lutheran
    221 N Main St.
    Tioga, ND 58852
    June 26 – July 2
    Week 4
    Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
    614 11st St. E
    Dickinson, ND 58601
    July 3-9
    Week 5
    Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church
    220 S. Doheny St.
    Northwood, ND 58267
    July 10-16
    Week 6
    Calvary Free Lutheran Church
    1416 Co. Hwy 111
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537
    July 17-23
    Week 7
    Trinity Free Lutheran
    3426 Chestnut St.
    Grand Forks, ND 58201
    July 24 - 30
    Week 8
    Ny Stavanger Free Lutheran
    720 Neill Street
    Buxton, ND 58218

    East Marsh River Free Lutheran
    205 Jefferson Ave. SE
    Fertile, MN 56540
    (Holding VBS @ Halstad City Park in Halstad, MN)
    July 31 - Aug 6
    Week 9
    FaHoCha Teen Camp
    Warwick, MN
    (August 2nd-7th)
    August 7 - 12
    Week 10
    FaHoCha Pre-Teen Camp
    Warwick, MN
    (August 7th-11th)
    August 13
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Joshua Summer Team 2016

    Josue Flores, Jessica Thompson, Aislinn Fogarty, and Alex Woodworth

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 30 – June 4
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 5-11
    Week 1
    Bethel Free Lutheran Church
    530 22nd Ave. NW
    Minot, ND 58703
    June 12-18
    Week 2
    Bethel Community Church
    209 1st Ave. W.
    Culbertson, MT 59218
    June 19-25
    Week 3
    Our Savior’s Lutheran
    715 E. Bannack
    Dillon, MT 59725
    June 26 – July 2
    Week 4
    Pacific NW Family Camp
    6905 172nd St. NE
    Arlington, WA
    July 3-9
    Week 5
    Bethany Free Lutheran
    451 34th St.
    Astoria, OR 97103
    July 10-16
    Week 6
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    PO Box 1199
    1200 Easy Street
    Brookings, OR 97415
    July 17-23
    Week 7
    Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
    11611 NE 140th Street
    Kirkland, WA 98034
    July 24 - 30
    Week 8
    Stillwater Free Lutheran
    1401 Church Drive
    Kalispell, MT 59901
    July 31 - Aug 6
    Week 9
    Our Savior’s Free Lutheran
    PO Box 927
    Stanley, ND 58784
    August 7 - 12
    Week 10
    Bethany Free Lutheran
    17350 69th St. SE
    Wahpeton, ND 58075
    August 13
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • NorthBarnabas Summer Team 2016

    Regan Johnson, Bekah Peterson, Haley Thramer, and Chris Papillon

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 30 – June 4
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 5-11
    Week 1
    Faith Lutheran
    3464 Old Marion Rd.
    Metropolis, IL 62960
    June 12-18
    Week 2
    Christ Lutheran
    505 W. 2nd St.
    Stover, MO 65078
    June 19-25
    Week 3
    Immanuel Lutheran
    2745 S. Blackman Rd.
    Springfield, MO 65809
    June 26 – July 2
    Week 4
    Ebenezer Free Lutheran
    1636 Hwy 45 Bypass
    Humboldt, TN 38343
    July 3-9
    Week 5
    Christ Community
    1016 Spruce Street
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
    July 10-16
    Week 6
    Christ Community
    1016 Spruce Street
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
    July 17-23
    Week 7
    Living Faith Lutheran
    1206 Montgomery Ave
    Boyertown, PA 19512
    July 24 - 30
    Week 8
    Disciple Lutheran Fellowship
    333 North Kenhorst Blvd.
    Reading, PA 19607
    July 31 - Aug 6
    Week 9
    St. John’s Lutheran
    6004 Linnville Rd.
    Newark, OH 43056
    August 7 - 12
    Week 10
    Hope Free Lutheran
    228 5th Ave
    Enderlin, ND 58027
    August 13
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • SouthBarnabas Summer Team 2016

    Erik Nelson, Grace Johnson, April Berntson, and Aaron Arneson

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 30- June 4
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 5-11
    Week 1
    New Hope Free Lutheran
    407 4th St. SE,
    Jamestown, ND 58401
    June 12-18
    Week 2
    West Prairie Lutheran
    15720 Hwy 46
    Kindred, ND 58051
    June 19-25
    Week 3
    Lutheran Church of Hope
    2595 Monroe Ave
    Loveland, CO 80538-3286
    (Sunday –Thursday; Friday is a travel day)
    June 26 – July 2
    Week 4
    Good Shepherd Free Lutheran
    380 Arneill Rd.
    Camarillo, CA 93010
    July 3-9
    Week 5
    Community Lutheran
    4507 Mission Ave.
    Oceanside, CA 92057
    July 10-16
    Week 6
    (Double Week)
    Calvary Free Lutheran
    590 N 96th Street
    Mesa, AZ 85207-7006

    Gateway Gathering
    590 N 96th Street
    Mesa, AZ 85207-7006
    July 17-23
    Week 7
    First Lutheran Church
    1300 North Robinson Ave
    Oklahoma City, OK 73103
    July 24 - 30
    Week 8
    Abiding Word Lutheran
    1502 S. First Street
    Deshler, NE 68340
    July 31 - Aug 6
    Week 9
    Shiloh Free Lutheran
    2101 City Springs Road
    Rapid City, SD 57702
    August 7 - 12
    Week 10
    Peace Lutheran Church
    202 North College
    Saint Francis, KS 67756
    (Sunday –Thursday; Friday is a travel day)
    August 13
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Timothy Summer Team 2016

    Sam Quanbeck, Adriana Sari, Bethany Berntson, and Sam Jagt

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 30 – June 4
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 5-11
    Week 1
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
    200 19th St. NW
    Beulah, ND 58523
    June 12-18
    Week 2
    Trinity Lutheran Parish
    304 2nd St. NW
    Golden Valley, ND 58541
    June 19-25
    Week 3
    Fire Up Youth Camp
    Association Retreat Center
    2372 30th Ave.
    Osceola, WI 54020
    (June 19th-24th)
    June 26 – July 2
    Week 4
    Mt. Sion Lutheran
    502 1st Ave. SW
    Kasson, MN 55944

    Zion Lutheran
    PO Box 140
    Dexter, MN 55926
    July 3-9
    Week 5
    Calvary Free Lutheran
    PO Box 200
    Eben Junction, MI 49825
    July 10-16
    Week 6
    Redeemer Free Lutheran
    315 S. Steel St.
    Ontonagon, MI 49953
    July 17-23
    Week 7
    Christ the King Free Lutheran
    804 8th Ave. NE
    Pipestone, MN 56164
    July 24 - 30
    Week 8
    St. John’s Free Lutheran
    3601 West Arrowhead Road
    Duluth, MN 55811
    July 31 - Aug 6
    Week 9
    ARC Family Camp
    Association Retreat Center
    2372 30th Ave.
    Osceola, WI 54020
    August 7 - 12
    Week 10
    Cornerstone Lutheran Church
    1540 Old Highway 81
    Argyle, WI 53504
    August 13
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Zion Summer Team 2016

    Scott Olson, Jessica Nikunen, Hannah St. Cyr, and Josiah Hurner

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 30 – June 4
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 5-11
    Week 1
    Chippewa Lutheran Church
    6655 County Road 7 NW
    Brandon, MN 56315
    June 12-18
    Week 2
    Annual Conference
    Association Retreat Center
    2372 30th Ave.
    Osceola, WI 54020
    June 19-25
    Week 3
    Christian Free Lutheran Church
    PO Box 339
    Wheatland, IA 52777
    June 26 – July 2
    Week 4
    Grace Lutheran Church
    10025 N State Rt. 47
    Morris, IL 60450

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church
    202 W. Jefferson St.
    Morris, IL 60450
    July 3-9
    Week 5
    St. John Lutheran Church of Schwer
    1812 E. 1130 North Rd.
    Milford, IL 60953
    July 10-16
    Week 6
    Amery Free Lutheran
    647 113th Ave.
    Amery, WI 54001
    July 17-23
    Week 7
    Salem Lutheran Church
    3400 Ziegler Ave., PO Box 333
    Radcliffe, IA 50230
    July 24 - 30
    Week 8
    St. Olaf Lutheran Church
    1233 Douglas Ave.
    Montgomery, IL 60538
    July 31 - Aug 6
    Week 9
    ARC Family Camp
    Association Retreat Center
    2372 30th Ave.
    Osceola, WI 54020
    August 7 - 12
    Week 10
    Trinity Free Lutheran Church
    2727 Holiday Drive
    Janesville, WI 53545
    August 13
    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.

 


Contact Information

For an AFLBS Team:
(Ambassadors, Majesty, Cornerstone,
Foundation, Timothy, or Joshua):

AFLBS
Attn. Katie Johnson
3134 E. Medicine Lake Blvd.
Plymouth, MN  55441
(763) 544-9501
katie.johnson@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?

The 2016 AFLBS summer teams will be using Cave Quest:  Following Jesus, the Light of the World VBS curriculum from Group Publishing. Orders for kits and student leaflets may be placed online at ambassadorpublications.org/store. All other VBS resources may be ordered by phone (763-412-2010) or email: parished@aflc.org. View other supplies at www.ambassadorpublications.org/resources/vbs/.

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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