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Teaching Kids to PrayTips for All Ages

A Christian once said, “Satan trembles when we pray.” This must certainly be true! Prayer brings us closer to God, reaffirms our faith, and comforts our hearts—trampling right over Satan’s devious ways. It’s never too early or too late to teach a child to pray. Don’t know where to start? Here are some simple tips…

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A Life Reflecting Christ’s Purposea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion comes from CTA’s latest devotion book for Christian workers and volunteers, Reflecting Christ. It features 25 quick-read devotions that emphasize the theme verse, Ephesians 5:1: Be imitators of God, as beloved children. The book, along with other Reflecting Christ products, makes a perfect back-to-school appreciation gift for your teachers, staff, and…

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Recruitment Basics #4Recruitment Tips

The first three blogs in this series talked about the basics of good recruiting: common practices to avoid, the importance of the job description, and how to invite people to serve. Future blogs will cover other angles of recruiting such as helping new members get involved, organizing ministry fairs, involving parents and seniors as volunteers,…

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2 Science Experiments with a Bible Connection

Are you looking to add a “wow” factor to your classroom object lessons? Bringing in a science element could help you do just that—and facilitate some deeper learning at the same time. Check out these two examples. Build your own tornado (Bible reference: Mark 4:35-41) Use this basic science experiment to illustrate the storm that…

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Serving Obedientlya free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion comes from CTA’s latest devotion book for Christian workers and volunteers, Reflecting Christ. It features 25 quick-read devotions that emphasize the theme verse, Ephesians 5:1: Be imitators of God, as beloved children. The book, along with other Reflecting Christ products, makes a perfect back-to-school appreciation gift for your teachers, staff, and…

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Free Resources for Women’s Fall Retreats

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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5 Quick Team-Building Activities for Children’s Ministry Staff

The school year has begun! Hopefully, nobody on your staff is experiencing burn-out yet, but we know that working with kids can be tough. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of five fun team-building activities. Use one at your next staff meeting—they’re all quick and some can be pretty silly! Wear your attitude Supplies: laminated…

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A Life Reflecting Christ’s Wisdoma free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion comes from CTA’s latest devotion book for Christian workers and volunteers, Reflecting Christ. It features 25 quick-read devotions that emphasize the theme verse, Ephesians 5:1: Be imitators of God, as beloved children. The book, along with other Reflecting Christ products, makes a perfect back-to-school appreciation gift for your teachers, staff, and…

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Recruitment Basics 3Want Volunteers? Invite Them

Volunteer recruitment is often one of the most dreaded tasks in the church, but perhaps that is because the method is flawed. Let’s look at recruitment with a fresh perspective. Recruitment is invitation. When you recruit, you’re inviting someone to consider an opportunity to serve. Remembering this truth makes the process easier, more pleasant, and…

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Planning a Send-Off for College Freshmen

In the coming weeks, soon-to-be college freshmen will be leaving the comfort and familiarity of your church to transition into an entirely new environment at college. They’ll be living on their own, making new friends, and—hopefully—doing their own laundry. This transition brings up mixed emotions for students—excitement, pride, anxiety, fear, and sadness, just to name…

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