Posts By Jane Fryar

How to Orient New Staff and Volunteers

Editor’s note: Many organizations see an influx of new volunteers and staff members at the start of a new year. Welcoming these individuals and making them feel like “part of the family” can be tricky. Use this article to help your ministry members—new and old—work together successfully. Can you believe your eyes? Maybe. Maybe not….

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Be Still and Know–a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: We know how busy this month can be for volunteers and church staff. This devotion originally appeared in the December version of our Grab & Go newsletter, but we’re reprinting it here so that you’ll have a ready-to-go devotion for the last full week of the holiday season. As always, feel free to…

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Count Your Blessings

Getting Started Before the children arrive, create a pair of “Blessings Binoculars.” Cut white paper to size and wrap it around a pair of binoculars, using colorful markers to add the words, “Blessings Binoculars.” Or tape together two cardboard tubes, labeling these, “Blessing Binoculars.” Introduction When I hike in the woods or go on vacation…

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Will He/She Ever Shape Up?a free devotion for this week’s meetings

This week’s free devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s new 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 valuable, value-priced gifts for church staff and volunteers.  Disappointment is among the strongest of all emotions. When others let us down, anger, frustration,…

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Jesus’ Changeless Lovea free devotion for this week’s meetings

This week’s free devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s new 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 valuable, value-priced gifts for church staff and volunteers.  Want a promotion? Put in the hours, pay your dues. Want a new car or…

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Change Agents?a free devotion for this week’s meetings

This week’s free devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s new 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 valuable, value-priced gifts for church staff and volunteers.  If you have ever helped a child plant a garden or even a pot of…

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Praying for My Pastorharmony in our church

During the four Tuesdays in October, Share has been publishing brief journaling ideas and prayer suggestions related to Clergy Appreciation Month. Use them as you support everyone on your church staff in prayer. Think, too, about additional ways to honor those who serve you and your faith community in Christ’s name. CTA has a number…

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Recognize, Connect, & Celebrate Your Volunteers

Have you noticed the 80/20 principle at work in your church? For instance, do . . . 20% of the members donate 80% of the weekly offering? 20% of the members contribute 80% of the work toward a successful Sunday school or care ministry? It isn’t always 80/20, of course. Sometimes it’s closer to 70/30…

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Praying for My Pastorrest and peace

During the four Tuesdays in October, Share will publish brief journaling ideas and prayer suggestions related to Clergy Appreciation Month. Use them as you support everyone on your church staff in prayer. Think, too, about additional ways to honor those who serve you and your faith community in Christ’s name. CTA has a number of…

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Cross-Shaped Prayers — a free devotion for this week’s meetings

This week’s free devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s new 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 valuable, value-priced gifts for church staff and volunteers. October is Clergy Appreciation Month in many churches. How will you honor those who serve…

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