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How to Use Volunteers of All Ages at Your Fall Festival

When you think about fall festival and Halloween-alternative events, you probably think of kids. You picture little Jimmy carving pumpkins and sweet Lorelai bobbing for apples. Yes, most fall festivals are focused on children’s ministry, but including all ages in your event could help your church grow into a community. When the teens, adults, and seniors…

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The Bright Morning Stara free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Church workers often see the effects of sin first-hand. The pain and darkness of sin can be overwhelming at times. Today’s devotion, taken from Christ-Centered Service, encourages church workers by highlighting Jesus as our Bright Morning Star. When you finish reading, be sure to visit the CTA website to see the Christ-Centered Service prayer journal,…

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8 Ways to Plan a Retreat on a Budget

We all know that ministries have tight budgets, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo your women’s retreat this fall.  To help, we’ve compiled a list of eight tips to use as you crunch the numbers. Remember, a meaningful retreat is possible on any budget! To add extra money to your budget, ask participants…

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The Easiest Way to Share the Gospel

You might be surprised to learn that many church “regulars” do not know how to verbalize or share their faith. Often people who go to church every Sunday know they are saved, but they wouldn’t be able to tell you how or why. CTA’s Gospel Story by Colors resources are a great way to help…

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Thanking God for Your Servant Hearta free devotion for Pastor Appreciation Month

Editor’s note: Are you planning to celebrate October as Pastor Appreciation Month? If so, consider incorporating this devotion into your plans. Be sure to visit www.ctainc.com to find value-priced gifts that acknowledge the work of your pastor and the entire church staff. May God continue to bless those who lead your ministry with a servant heart! Introduction…

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8 Ways Teachers Can Feed Their Faith

As a teacher, you spend a lot of time in God’s Word preparing your lessons. You may even know some lessons by heart—you don’t even need notes. You also share your faith with your coworkers, students, and their parents. What a joy it is to work in God’s Word on a daily basis! All of…

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The Pumpkin Prayera free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: Many churches and families struggle with Halloween—how can we put a Christian focus on this secular holiday? CTA has the answer. Our Pumpkin Prayer draws a Bible-based connection between the classic symbol for Halloween and Jesus’ love for children. This Ministry Message uses the Pumpkin Prayer to teach children about the reality of…

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5 Ways to Show Appreciationin Just 5 Minutes!

As a new year of ministry takes off, what do you have planned to show appreciation for your staff and volunteers? Surveys show that you should be acknowledging the effort of your team members at least once per week. This leads to happy, engaged staff members and volunteers. But, like all things in ministry, where…

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