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 2017

    Meagan Olson, Stephen Moan, Rachel Dryburgh, Seth Skogerboe, and Chanel Pederson

    Itinerary

    Last updated on May 23
    Dates Church
    May 29 – June 3
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 4-10
    Week 1
     
    Sunday, June 4
    9:00 AM
    Trinity Free Lutheran Church
    2727 Holiday Dr.
    Janesville, WI 53545
    Monday, June 5
    7:00 PM
    Salem Lutheran Church
    3400 Ziegler Ave
    Radcliffe, IA 50230
    Tuesday, June 6
    7:00 PM
    Freedom Lutheran Church
    1527 E US Highway 52
    Ottawa, IL 61350-9656
    Wednesday, June 7
    7:30 PM
    St. Olaf Lutheran Church
    1233 Douglas Ave
    Montgomery, IL 60538-1301
    June 11-17
    Week 2
    Annual Conference
    AFLBS
    Sunday, June 11
    10:00 AM
    St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church
    2802 12th St S.
    Fargo ND, 58103-6043
    Sunday, June 18
    10:30 AM
    Trinity Free Lutheran Church
    3426 Chestnut St.
    Grand Forks ND, 58201-7650
    Sunday, June 18
    7:00 PM
    Park River Bible Camp
    106 Solid Rock Circle
    Park River, ND 58270
    June 18-24
    Week 3
    Galilee Teen Camp
    Lake Bronson, MN 556734
    June 25 – July 1
    Week 4
    Galilee Pre-Teen Camp
    Lake Bronson, MN 556734
    (June 25-29)
    July 2-8
    Week 5
    FLY
    YMCA of the Rockies
    2515 Tunnel Road
    Estes Park, CO 80511
    July 9-15
    Week 6
    TBD
    July 16-22
    Week 7
    TBD
    July 23 - 29
    Week 8
    TBD
    July 30 - Aug 5
    Week 9
    ARC Family Camp
    Osceola, WI
    August 6 - 11
    Week 10
    TBD
    August 12
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Cornerstone Summer Team 2017

    Damian Johnson, Leah Erickson, Hannah Peterson & Tyler Wiesbrook

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 29 – June 3
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 4-10
    Week 1

    United Free Lutheran
    911 Old Ridge Road
    Greenbush, MN 56726

    Badger Creek/Oiland Free Lutheran
    Badger, MN

    June 11-17
    Week 2
    Annual Conference
    AFLBS
    June 18-24
    Week 3
    Hope Free Evangelical Lutheran
    PO Box 83
    Ishpeming, MI 49849
    June 25 – July 1
    Week 4
    Calvary Free Lutheran
    PO Box 200
    Eben Junction, MI 49825
    July 2-8
    Week 5
    FLY
    YMCA of the Rockies
    2515 Tunnel Road
    Estes Park, CO 80511
    July 9-15
    Week 6
    Galilee Family Camp
    Lake Bronson State Park
    Lake Bronson, MN
    July 16-22
    Week 7
    St. John’s Free Lutheran
    3601 West Arrowhead Road
    Duluth, MN 55811
    July 23 - 29
    Week 8

    Maranatha Free Lutheran
    101 Foundation Ave.
    Glyndon, MN 56547

    Maranatha-Ulen
    29 1st St. NW
    Ulen, MN 56585

    July 30 - Aug 5
    Week 9
    Rose Free Lutheran
    30804 County Rd. 15
    Roseau, MN 56751
    August 6 - 11
    Week 10
    Calvary Free Lutheran
    910 6th St. NE
    Fosston, MN 56542
    August 12
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Covenant Summer Team 2017

    John Peterson, Heidi Mundfrom, Rachel Hoiland, and Josiah Fagerstrom

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 29 – June 3
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 4-10
    Week 1
    Our Savior’s Lutheran
    2075 Hwy 59 SE, Box 269
    Thief River Falls, MN 56701
    June 11-17
    Week 2

    Bethel Free Lutheran
    1566 Hill Ave.
    Grafton, ND 58237

    Victory Free Lutheran
    113 Oak
    Park River, ND 58270

    June 18-24
    Week 3
    Bethany Free Lutheran
    17350 69th St. SE
    Wahpeton, ND 58075
    June 25 – July 1
    Week 4
    Bethany Bible Camp
    51497 Tanager Drive
    Bemidji, MN 56601
    July 2-8
    Week 5
    FLY
    YMCA of the Rockies
    2515 Tunnel Road
    Estes Park, CO 80511
    July 9-15
    Week 6
    Emmanuel Free Lutheran
    1213 3 Ave. East
    Williston, ND 58801
    July 16-22
    Week 7

    Bethany Free Lutheran
    Binford, ND

    New Luther Valley
    309 Main Street
    McVille, ND 58254

    July 23 - 29
    Week 8
    Christ the King
    804 8th Ave. NE
    Pipestone, MN 56164
    July 30 - Aug 5
    Week 9
    Minnewaska Lutheran
    PO Box 87
    Starbuck, MN 56381
    August 6 - 11
    Week 10
    Chippewa Lutheran
    PO Box 32
    Brandon, MN 56315
    August 12
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Foundation Summer Team 2017

    Sam Jagt, Sophia Rosgaard, Moriah Graham, & Dalton Jordahl

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 29 – June 3
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 4-10
    Week 1
    St. Paul Lutheran
    Highway 200 West
    Dodge, ND 58625
    June 11-17
    Week 2
    Prince of Peace Lutheran
    200 19th St. NW
    Beulah, ND 58523
    June 18-24
    Week 3
    Our Savior’s Free Lutheran
    602 8th Ave. SE, PO Box 548
    Stanley, ND 58784
    June 25 – July 1
    Week 4
    Our Saviour’s Lutheran
    614 East 11th St.
    Dickinson, ND 58647
    July 2-8
    Week 5
    FLY
    YMCA of the Rockies
    2515 Tunnel Road
    Estes Park, CO 80511
    July 9-15
    Week 6

    Zion Lutheran
    Dexter, MN

    Mt. Sion Lutheran
    501 1st Ave. SW
    Kasson, MN 55944

    July 16-22
    Week 7
    St. Olaf Free Lutheran
    25284 342nd Ave.
    Chamberlain, SD 57325
    July 23 - 29
    Week 8
    Pickerel Jr. High Camp
    2043 Bible Camp Rd.
    Grenville, SD 57239
    July 30 - Aug 5
    Week 9
    Shiloh Free Lutheran
    6995 Townsend Street
    Summerset, SD 57718
    August 6 - 11
    Week 10
    Dell Lutheran
    47500 97th St.
    Frost, MN 56033
    August 12
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Jeremiah Summer Team 2017

    Sam Ricke, Madison Greven, Caitlin Curtice, & Ethan Zeltinger

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 29 – June 3
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 4-10
    Week 1
    Bethel Free Lutheran
    530 22nd Ave. NW
    Minot, ND 58703
    June 11-17
    Week 2
    Bethel Community Church
    620 3rd Ave. E, PO Box 574
    Culbertson, MT 59218
    June 18-24
    Week 3
    Our Savior’s Lutheran
    715 E Bannack
    Dillon, MT 59725
    June 25 – July 1
    Week 4
    Slim Buttes Lutheran
    PO Box 92
    Reva, SD 57651
    July 2-8
    Week 5
    FLY
    YMCA of the Rockies
    2515 Tunnel Road
    Estes Park, CO 80511
    July 9-15
    Week 6

    St. Peter Lutheran
    399695 SD Hwy 44
    Armour, SD 57313

    Amazing Grace Free Lutheran
    1023 S. Minnesota Street
    Mitchell, SD 57301

    July 16-22
    Week 7
    Redeemer Free Lutheran
    47992 West 5th Street
    Canton, SD 57013
    July 23 - 29
    Week 8
    Ortley Free Lutheran
    218 Pine St.
    Ortley, SD 57256
    July 30 - Aug 5
    Week 9
    FaHoCha Teen Camp
    8788 21st St. NE
    Warwick, ND 58381
    August 6 - 11
    Week 10
    FaHoCha Pre-Teen Camp
    8788 21st St. NE
    Warwick, ND 58381
    August 12
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Joshua Summer Team 2017

    Cody Halverson, Jessica Nikunen, Olivia Pavlish & Bryce Timmerman

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 29 – June 3
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 4-10
    Week 1
    Grace Free Lutheran
    2351 West Main Street
    Valley City, ND 58072
    June 11-17
    Week 2
    Annual Conference
    AFLBS
    June 18-24
    Week 3
    Pickerel Sr. High Camp
    2043 Bible Camp Rd.
    Grenville, SD 57239
    June 25 – July 1
    Week 4

    Emmanuel Lutheran
    PO Box 846
    Eagle Butte, SD 57625

    Bethel Free Lutheran
    Box 423
    Faith, SD 57626

    July 2-8
    Week 5
    FLY
    YMCA of the Rockies
    2515 Tunnel Road
    Estes Park, CO 80511
    July 9-15
    Week 6
    Trinity Lutheran
    1200 Easy Street, PO Box 1199
    Brookings, OR 97415
    July 16-22
    Week 7
    Bethany Free Lutheran
    451 34th Street
    Astoria, OR 97103
    July 23 - 29
    Week 8
    Our Redeemer Lutheran
    11611 NE 140th St.
    Kirkland, WA 98034
    July 30 - Aug 5
    Week 9
    Stillwater Free Lutheran
    1401 Church Drive
    Kalispell, MT 59901
    August 6 - 11
    Week 10
    Zion Free Lutheran
    221 North Main St., PO Box 548
    Tioga, ND 58852
    August 12
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • NorthBarnabas Summer Team 2017

    Regan Johnson, Megan Thonsgaard, Adreana Marschner, & Zach Lynnes

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 29 – June 2
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 4-10
    Week 1
    West Prairie Lutheran
    15720 Hwy 46
    Kindred, ND 58051
    June 11-17
    Week 2
    Abiding Word Lutheran Church P.O. Box 54
    Felch, MI 49831
    June 18-24
    Week 3
    Faith Lutheran
    3464 Old Marion Rd.
    Metropolis, IL 62960
    June 25 – July 1
    Week 4
    Immanuel Lutheran
    2756 S. Blackman Rd.
    Springfield, MO 65809
    July 2-8
    Week 5
    FLY Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    July 9-15
    Week 6
    Abiding Word Lutheran
    1502 S. First Street
    Deshler, NE 68340
    July 16-22
    Week 7
    Christ Lutheran
    505 W. 2nd St.
    Stover, MO 65078
    July 23-29
    Week 8
    Ebenezer Free Lutheran
    1636 Hwy 45W Bypass
    Humboldt, TN 38343
    Friday is travel day.
    July 30 - Aug 5
    Week 9
    Living Faith Lutheran
    1206 Montgomery Ave
    Boyertown, PA 19512
    August 6-11
    Week 10
    Peace Free Lutheran
    28 Elm Street
    Canal Winchester, OH 43110
    Friday is travel day.
    August 12
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • SouthBarnabas Summer Team 2017

    Erik Nelson, Kirstie Schierkolk, April Berntson, and Ben Nelson

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 29 – June 2
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 4-10
    Week 1
    Hope Free Lutheran
    228 5th Ave
    Enderlin, ND 58027
    June 11-17
    Week 2
    New Hope Free Lutheran
    407 4th St. SE,
    Jamestown, ND 58401
    Friday travel day?
    June 18-24
    Week 3
    Butte Gathering
    Butte, MT 59701
    Friday is a travel day.
    June 25 – July 1
    Week 4
    Lutheran Church of Hope
    2595 Monroe Ave
    Loveland, CO 80538-3286
    July 2-8
    Week 5
    FLY Convention
    Estes Park, CO
    July 9-15
    Week 6
    Good Shepherd Free Lutheran
    380 Arneill Rd.
    Camarillo, CA 93010
    July 16-22
    Week 7
    Community Lutheran Church
    4507 Mission Ave.
    Oceanside, CA 92057
    July 23-29
    Week 8

    Calvary Free Lutheran
    590 N 96th Street
    Mesa, AZ 85207-7006

    Gateway Gathering
    590 N 96th Street
    Mesa, AZ 85207-7006

    July 30 - Aug 5
    Week 9
    First Lutheran Church
    1300 N. Robinson Ave
    Oklahoma City, OK 73103
    August 6-11
    Week 10
    Peace Lutheran Church
    202 North College
    Saint Francis, KS 67756
    Friday is a travel day.
    August 12
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Timothy Summer Team 2017

    Ryan Cominella, Tabatha Branam, Grace Gunderson, and Matt Erickson

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 29 – June 3
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 4-10
    Week 1
    St. Paul’s Free Lutheran
    2802 12th Street South
    Fargo, ND 58103
    June 11-17
    Week 2
    Grace Lutheran
    332 Vance Ave.
    Erskine, MN 56535
    June 18-24
    Week 3
    Grace Free Lutheran
    703 Main Ave. North
    Bagley, MN 56621
    June 25 – July 1
    Week 4
    Grace Free Lutheran
    15655 Bass Lake Road
    Maple Grove, MN 55311
    July 2-8
    Week 5
    FLY
    YMCA of the Rockies
    2515 Tunnel Road
    Estes Park, CO 80511
    July 9-15
    Week 6

    Christ the King Free Lutheran
    East Grand Forks, MN 56721

    Ny Stavanger Lutheran
    720 Neill Street
    Buxton, ND 58218

    July 16-22
    Week 7
    Zion Free Lutheran
    Wadena, MN 56482 Bethany Free Lutheran
    Sebetka, MN
    July 23 - 29
    Week 8
    Emmanuel Lutheran
    42957 County 1 Blvd.
    Kenyon, MN
    July 30 - Aug 5
    Week 9
    ARC Family Camp
    Osceola, WI
    August 6 - 11
    Week 10
    Living Word Lutheran
    4300 Nicols Rd.
    Eagan, MN 55122
    August 12
    Debriefing
    AFLBS
  • Zion Summer Team 2017

    Cooper Curtice, Hannah St. Cyr, Annie Anderson, and Caleb Korhonen

    Itinerary

    Dates Church
    May 29 – June 3
    Training Week
    AFLBS
    June 4-10
    Week 1

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    202 W. Jefferson Street
    Morris, IL 60450

    Grace Lutheran
    10025 N. State Route 47
    Morris, IL 60450

    June 11-17
    Week 2
    St. Lutheran Schwer
    1137 N 1800 East Rd.
    Milford, IL 60953
    June 18-24
    Week 3
    Fire Up Camp
    ARC
    Osceola, WI
    June 25 – July 1
    Week 4
    Christian Free Lutheran
    411 N. Main St., PO Box 339
    Wheatland, IA 52777
    July 2-8
    Week 5
    FLY
    YMCA of the Rockies
    2515 Tunnel Road
    Estes Park, CO 80511
    July 9-15
    Week 6
    Salem Lutheran
    3400 Ziegler Ave., PO Box 333
    Radcliffe, IA 50230
    July 16-22
    Week 7
    Trinity Free Lutheran
    2727 Holiday Drive
    Janesville, WI 53545
    July 23 - 29
    Week 8
    Amery Free Lutheran
    647 113th St.
    Amery, WI 54001
    July 30 - Aug 5
    Week 9
    ARC Family Camp
    Osceola, WI
    August 6 - 11
    Week 10
    Cornerstone Lutheran
    1540Old Highway 81
    Argyle, WI 53504
    August 12
    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. Summer Team Requests will open December 15th and are due 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: $1250 for a summer team to minister for one week.  $1750 ($875 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 June 3, 2017 through August 11, 2017.

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 2017 AFLBS & Home Missions Summer Teams will be using Concordia Publishing House VBS curriculum, Mighty Fortress: In Jesus, the Victory Is Won! Information can be found at http://vbs.cph.org/2017/

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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