women's-retreat

The One Resource You Need to Simplify Women’s Retreat Planning

Retreat season is here! It’s time to brainstorm themes, shop for favors, call the caterer, recruit a speaker, and crunch the numbers. Wow—that seems like a lot of work! And this isn’t even a comprehensive to-do list! Women’s retreats are meant to be a time of relaxing prayer and reflection, but for retreat leaders, the…

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mountains

Mountain Adventures – a free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: This children’s ministry devotion accompanies CTA’s Mountain Adventures theme. Based on the image of God as our rock presented in Isaiah 26:4, this theme brings together the excitement of mountain climbing and the meaning of our loving relationship with Jesus. If you’re planning a summer community event, summer Sunday school classes, or vacation…

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bible-devotion

Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before Usa free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion includes a meditation written by faithful pastor Walter E. Schuette who has since gone to be with the Lord. We pray that his words will strengthen your faith as you remember loved ones who have gone to be with Jesus and encourage you in hope for the final coming…

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church-sundays

5 Ways to Make Summer Sundays Special

What does your church have planned for the summer season? Use these five ideas to make summer a special time for your ministry. Let the youth group and children’s ministers lead Sunday services once each month. Teens can deliver the Bible readings and younger kids can lead the worship songs. This idea is a great…

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kidz

Kids’ Ministry from KidzMatter

Today, we’d like to introduce you to a great resource for children’s ministry: KidzMatter. The authors on this site consistently post Gospel-centered content that provides the tools and the know-how you need to reach kids and families. The site recently posted an article regarding the overwhelming busy-ness of working in kids’ ministry. How do you…

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walking

Walking without Paina free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: What does it mean to walk by faith? CTA’s latest devotion book, Man of God: Walking by Faith, explores that question by diving into the Biblical stories of five men: Noah, Moses, Joshua, David, and Paul. Today’s free devotion reflects on Moses and the Israelites, who walked with God through countless obstacles. Consider…

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men

Three Ways to Get Men to Church

Editor’s note: As of 2012, the Barna Group estimated than five out of six American men call themselves Christians, but surprisingly, only one out of those six attends church on Sunday. Father’s Day (June 21) is quickly approaching and it brings to light a growing problem in the church and Christianity. Where are all the…

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VBS

If You Build It, They Will Come

Congratulations—you have a stellar VBS program planned for this summer! But what if nobody comes? Many children’s ministries dedicate hours to planning lessons, snacks, games, and crafts for vacation Bible school. Even so, recruitment is often left off the list of VBS to-dos. It’s not too late to make sure your VBS program is filled…

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walking

The First Shaky Stepsa free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: What does it mean to walk by faith? CTA’s latest devotion book, Man of God: Walking by Faith, explores that question by diving into the Biblical stories of five men: Noah, Moses, Joshua, David, and Paul. Today’s free devotion is an introduction to Noah’s walk of faith—a walk that took him on a…

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teacher

Top 5 End-of-the-Year Gifts for Teachers

You don’t have to be a Pinterest wiz in order to put together meaningful end-of-the-year appreciation gifts for the teachers in your ministry. Think about all of the dedication and hard work that the teachers have put in throughout the year—and let that inspire your gifts! Here are five popular teacher appreciation gifts: Order CTA’s…

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