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Recruitment Basics 2Want Volunteers? Spell It Out

If you were looking for work, would you feel comfortable about a job where the responsibilities were only vaguely described, where the hours and benefits weren’t mentioned at all, and where your questions didn’t get clear answers? Me neither.  Yet that’s how we recruit volunteers – with a short, general request for help in the…

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A Place for Youa free devotion for this week’s meetings

Think for a moment about the description “one of a kind.” Have you ever received a one-of-a-kind gift? Not mass-produced, but truly one of a kind? Maybe it was that special necklace made just for you by your preschool child or the painting done by a friend. One-of-a-kind treasures are priceless indeed. They seem hard…

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Press On!a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion is the ministry message that accompanies one of CTA’s latest men’s ministry themes, Press On. We encourage you to use the theme and value-priced gifts to encourage men at retreats or Bible studies this fall.  In the summer and fall of 2014, the ISIS army rampaged through the Kurdish…

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Recruitment Basics 1Want Volunteers? Avoid This!

“Help! We need more volunteers!” You hear that a lot around churches. If you’re working with volunteers, you probably don’t have enough. It’s true whether you are a pastor, church staff, or a volunteer yourself. Volunteer recruitment is not only a continual concern, it’s a vital concern for the church. The church is the body…

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Taking Shapea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s devotion book for Christian Workers, Shaping Hearts; Changing Lives: 30 Days to Grow in Service. It is available now, and the product line includes many value-priced gifts for church staff and volunteers.  Pssst! Want to know what you’re really like? Take a close look at…

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So You’re in Charge? (Part 5)

Editor’s note: Today, we present the final installment of our summer series that focuses on five different leadership approaches. As you read Part 5, try to reflect upon how each leadership style (good or bad!) has a place in your ministry. If you have time, go back and discuss each blog with your staff. Work…

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Strong and Courageousa free devotion for this week’s meetings

“Safe!” With outstretched arms and a mighty word, an umpire declares that a baserunner is safe. As long as the player is touching that base, he is safe. Under this protection, a tag out, a strikeout, or a fly out cannot send him back to the dugout. If the umpire calls the player safe, then…

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So You’re in Charge? (Part 4)

Editor’s note: Today, we present Part 4 our summer series that focuses on five different leadership approaches. As you read each installment, try to see how each leadership style (good or bad!) has a place in your ministry. If you have time, discuss each blog with your staff and brainstorm ideas for improving leadership roles…

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Under Constructiona free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: This children’s ministry devotion accompanies CTA’s Under Construction theme. With an emphasis on Colossians 2:7, the theme is especially designed for kids ages 7-11. CTA even offers a free event guide to help you utilize the theme and accompanying resources for a summer community event or summer Sunday school classes! Gather these three items…

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