Posts By Alison Zeller

Will Your Church S.H.I.N.E. This Fall? — Reach kids and families in your commmunity

“Location, location, location!” These are the three most important factors in real estate, but churches know how to use location to their advantage in ministry, too. Here are two examples. Members of United Methodist Church in Greenville, Kentucky, have turned their location into a huge asset for drawing families to their fall festival event. The…

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Looking for a Change of Pace? Retreat!

In 2003, Carol Youngs and her family had a bad experience at church. Things just weren’t right, and Carol knew she needed to find a new church home. She quickly found fellowship at a small church in Evansville, Indiana—North Park Baptist. Since Carol had been so active at her former church, she thought it would…

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God’s Timing Made Perfect in Death: Comforting Children who Grieve

Editor’s note: No one likes to think about it, least of all those who minister to children and youth. Still, death is a reality and at some time during the new school year ahead, the children in your class may find themselves grieving the death of a loved one. Why not tuck this article away…

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Children’s Ministry . . . 12 Months a Year?

How many times have you trudged to church in January, battling cold temperatures, a dull-grey landscape, and a certain case of the winter blues? Fast-forward a few months and the glorious sunny days of summer are here! You and the other families at church will certainly make your way to worship and Sunday school every…

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Memorial Day Outreach Event — One church brought in more than 50 guests

Springs Road Baptist Church in Hickory, North Carolina, held a special Sunday service to honor veterans and fallen soldiers on Memorial Day 2010. During the service, a bugler played Taps and the local chapter of the Marine Corps League presented the meaning of the flag-folding ceremony at funerals. “The ceremony itself is very evangelistic,” said…

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Gaining Hope through Gift Baskets

This story first appeared in February, 2011. It so inspired us at CTA that we decided to reprise it today. It highlights Tim Wesemann’s popular and helpful, Facing Illness with Hope. As you read, remember that this title is still available. Look for the newest title in this series, Facing Difficult Days with Hope, coming…

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Servant Heart Award Honors Pastors’ Selfless Service

In 2007, Steve and Diane Darr, founders of CTA, launched the annual Servant Heart Award to draw attention to the selfless commitment pastors give to their ministry and to honor them with this award of appreciation. Since then, CTA has received over 2,000 nominations and presented the award to four deserving pastors.  “CTA was founded…

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A Women’s Retreat Reworked

For the past three years, the teenage girls, mothers, and grandmothers of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Monroe, North Carolina have come together for worship and friendship in their women’s ministry group, Girlfriends @ Monroe. At first, the group got together for monthly Bible studies and other social events. They held an overnight retreat two…

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It’s Not About the Bunny!–Egg Hunts that Share the Resurrection

Sharon Zalewski and others at First Church of the Nazarene in Northville, Michigan, have one simple guideline for hosting the church’s Easter Eggstravaganza each year: “Our philosophy is to make sure that each child and adult leave our event knowing that Easter is not just about the bunny.” This simple guideline works! Sharon became manager…

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Mission Trips: Honduras, Romania and all over the World

Every summer, from age 5 to 14, I attended a week of Vacation Bible School (VBS) at my church. Each morning, my friend’s mom would load us up in her van and carry us off for a day filled with Bible stories, games, singing, and crafts, all focused on a kid-friendly theme. At the end…

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