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Retaining VolunteersSpeak the Truth in Love

If you have a problem with a volunteer, what do you do? We’d all agree that “speaking the truth in love,” from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (4:15 ESV), is the right way to handle problems involving volunteers. But most of us don’t take that path. We simply put up with the problem. After all,…

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10 Ways to Expand the Impact of Sunday School

Just as day school classrooms are wrapping up the year, most Sunday school classes will end in May, too. But there are certainly no moratoriums on God’s Word or Jesus’ love. What can your ministry do to ensure that the lessons of Sunday school have a lasting impact throughout the summer months? Here are 10…

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You Make an Eternal Differencea free devotion for Teacher Appreciation Week

Editor’s note: In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-7), this devotion focuses on the staff members and volunteers who give their time and talents in service to the children in your ministry. This Ministry Message and several brand-new teacher appreciation gifts are available in CTA’s new theme, You Make an Eternal Difference. We all…

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It’s Administrative Professionals’ Day!

There are more than 4 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States today. Do you have one (or more) working in your office? Use these last-minute ideas to show them some appreciation! Download a staff appreciation ministry message from CTA’s Resource & Idea Center and use it at your morning staff meeting….

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It is More Blessed to Give than to Receive

Many children become absolutely giddy as they await the coming of special events like their birthday or Christmas. If you ask them what they are so excited about most will tell you, “I get presents!” Receiving presents is fun for everyone, but the real joy comes to the giver. You can help your students know…

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Paw, Claw, and Goliatha 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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Retaining VolunteersWhat’s Working?

When you’re planning a vacation, you have a good idea of your budget and potential expenses. When you’re exercising and watching your diet, you how many pounds you’ve lost (or not). When you own a small business, you know the total of yesterday’s receipts and last month’s bottom line. We measure what’s important to us….

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Monsters in My Closeta free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is the ministry message that accompanies CTA’s Monsters in Your Closet theme. The colorful artwork and enduring message of this theme make it ideal for summer Sunday school, VBS, or other outreach events. Plus, CTA offers activity books, sticker bookmarks, and many other resources to help bolster your outreach efforts. Let’s play…

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Gracias!a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Grace! It lies at the very heart of the Christian faith, bringing pardon to the guilty, peace to the anxious, relief to the burdened, and joy for living day by day. Today’s devotion comes from Amazing Grace for a Woman’s Heart—a book with 25 readings that each focus on a different facet of…

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2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – Who Do We Appreciate?

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, but we know volunteerism has no season. Spring. Fall. Summer. Winter. In every season, many ministry efforts in churches are winding down. Others are kicking into high gear. None of them would succeed without a serious investment of time, thought, and effort on the part of volunteers and…

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