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5 Ways to Keep Volunteer Enthusiasm Soaring

Editor’s note: We hope you’re having fun celebrating with your volunteers this week during National Volunteer Appreciation Week! As you look to the future of your volunteer program, here’s some advice to keep your group thriving. And remember, volunteer appreciation goes way beyond this week. If you’re looking for tangible ways to encourage volunteers, consider…

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Boredom-Busting Activities for Summer

In just a few weeks, we’ll close the books on another school year. The kids will finally be free! But all this elation has a short shelf life. Before long, all of those kids who were bouncing off the walls with energy will be sulking around the house, muttering those dreaded words: “I’m bored.” That’s…

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Deborah: Joy in the Journeya free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s devotion is part of CTA’s newest theme celebrating women’s ministry—Woman of God: Joy in the Journey. The thoughtful gifts based on this theme are perfect for use during women’s retreats, at Bible studies, or in church on Mother’s Day. Don’t forget—CTA also offers several free resources to expand the impact of…

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The Reviews Are In!

If you haven’t purchased Mother’s Day gifts yet, there is still time—32 days to be exact! But before you start scouring the internet for gifts that strike the perfect balance of Christian messaging, feminine art, and usefulness, look at these recommendations. They come from real CTA customers who have recently purchased our women’s ministry gifts….

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Together in Service

A unique mission team stood at the front of church as the pastor prayed for God’s blessings to be upon the upcoming mission experience. The youngest member of the team was 10 years old and the oldest was 65. There were two families with elementary school children, a few young nurses, a retired couple, and…

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Ruth: Joy in the Journeya free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s devotion is part of CTA’s newest theme celebrating women’s ministry—Woman of God: Joy in the Journey. The thoughtful gifts based on this theme are perfect for use during women’s retreats, at Bible studies, or in church on Mother’s Day. Don’t forget—CTA also offers several free resources to expand the impact of…

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Three Cheers for Volunteers

It’s over! Another successful year has come to an end. Who made it a success? Why, volunteers, of course! Volunteers are the backbone of many—perhaps most—church activities. So, how can you honor these valuable volunteers? What can you do to demonstrate your thankfulness for their service—and in the process, keep them coming back year after…

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Footprintsa free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: This children’s ministry devotion accompanies CTA’s Footprints for Kids foam stamps and activity card. The stamps are perfectly shaped for small hands and can be used with paint, ink pads, or washable markers. Much like the title says, this teaching tool uses the famous Footprints poem to reinforce Matthew 28:20, [Jesus said,] “I…

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The Cross of Christa free devotion for Holy Week

Editor’s note: This week’s devotion was written by CTA author Tim Wesemann a few years ago. As you study the words this week, we pray that you will stand in awe at the splendor of our Savior—hanging on Calvary’s cross on Good Friday and gloriously rising on Easter morning. We welcome you to use this…

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Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4-8

How would you grade the 2014-15 school year? You may have a month or two left of classes, but by now, you can probably start to evaluate the 10 months of teaching that you and your staff have put in the books. Were there moments of chaos? moments when you wanted to pull your hair…

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