Encourage and Build Upa free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: These days, kids’ sports can be competitive, to say the least. As you make your way through summer games or sports camps, we invite you to use this five-minute devotion to teach children how to be gracious losers and encourage their teammates in Jesus’ name. If you’re looking for additional resources to use…

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Parents Pray with Hopea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Working with children is a calling from our heavenly Father. Whether you’re a children’s minister, a nanny, or a stay-at-home-parent, you know the patience and persistence it takes to care for children. But there is one more P—prayer! God calls us to pray for children and to seek refuge in him when our…

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Let’s Talk About Serving

Do you talk about serving or volunteering at your church? Of course you do. In most every church, you can count on reading or hearing a “volunteers needed” notice every week. But other than recruitment, do you talk about it? The Bible certainly does. Here’s a list of things we could—and should—be talking about! The…

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Starting from Scratcha small Iowa church organizes an annual summer carnival

Our Savior Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa, is a busy place. Despite being a relatively small congregation (about 50 worshipers attend Sunday services), the church shows a tremendous commitment to their community and Christian missions. Our Savior’s Inreach/Outreach Team designs a float for the town’s summer parade, hands out children’s books to families with newborns…

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Seeing Christ’s Obedience More Clearlya free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion comes from one of CTA’s devotion books for Christian workers and volunteers, Reflecting Christ. It features 25 quick-read devotions that emphasize the theme verse, Ephesians 5:1: Be imitators of God, as beloved children. CTA also offers a FREE retreat outline and other value-priced Christian gifts in the same theme. It takes…

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The 5 W’s of Staff Retreats

Summer is here and things are probably a little bit quieter around your office these days. This lull in your ministry can be a great blessing! How will you take advantage? If you’re considering a staff retreat, you’re in good company. Countless churches, schools, and non-profit organizations have turned summer retreats into can’t-miss annual events….

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10 Kid-Friendly Mission Trips

Have you ever dreamed of going to faraway places to help the hurting and the homeless? Although a mission trip might sound exciting to you, it might also feel impossible—especially if you want to involve children. Rest assured that there are opportunities to help others and share God’s love right where you live. And, kids…

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More than Enougha free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion appears in CTA’s latest men’s ministry devotion book: Strong in the Lord. The 25 devotions in this book are focused on King David and the strength he drew from the Lord. Along with this men’s devotion book, CTA is offering a multi-function tool, travel mug, bookmark, and several other Strong in…

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Want Volunteers?Build Good Connections

There’s something about serving together that builds relationships. Spending a couple hours together stuffing envelopes, being on the team that plans the fall rummage sale, going on a mission trip together—all of these volunteer opportunities build connections. In fact, it’s not unusual for lifetime friendships to form among people who serve together. These connections often…

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Top 10 VBS Snacks

Kids love snacks—there’s no doubt about it! Have you planned your VBS snacks yet? It might help to delegate this task to a volunteer or group of teens (with an adult helper). Remember to be mindful of your program’s resources and constraints. Think about your budget, the age of the children, the availability of refrigerator…

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