Posts By Alison Zeller

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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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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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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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How to Spiritually Prepare Children for the New School Year

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10–11 ESV)  This well-known Bible verse is frequently used to inspire Christians in faith. But would you use it to reassure a…

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Fresh Out of Ideas and Nowhere to Turn?

If you’re looking for a creative bunch of people, look no further than a children’s ministry team. The people on these teams are usually overflowing with great ideas. Those of us who haven’t been blessed with such creative minds are often left to scratch our heads and wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” There…

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Starting from Scratcha small Iowa church organizes an annual summer carnival

Our Savior Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa, is a busy place. Despite being a relatively small congregation (about 50 worshipers attend Sunday services), the church shows a tremendous commitment to their community and Christian missions. Our Savior’s Inreach/Outreach Team designs a float for the town’s summer parade, hands out children’s books to families with newborns…

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The 5 W’s of Staff Retreats

Summer is here and things are probably a little bit quieter around your office these days. This lull in your ministry can be a great blessing! How will you take advantage? If you’re considering a staff retreat, you’re in good company. Countless churches, schools, and non-profit organizations have turned summer retreats into can’t-miss annual events….

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Top 10 VBS Snacks

Kids love snacks—there’s no doubt about it! Have you planned your VBS snacks yet? It might help to delegate this task to a volunteer or group of teens (with an adult helper). Remember to be mindful of your program’s resources and constraints. Think about your budget, the age of the children, the availability of refrigerator…

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