Topic: Care Ministries

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Visitation MinistryAsk Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we continue the series titled “Ask Karen.” CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer one of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: Our pastor has a lot on his plate…

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When Hearts are HeavyAsk Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we continue the series titled: Ask Karen. CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer one of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: We have a care ministries team that deals with…

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10 Ways to Bless Homebound Members at Christmas

Christmas is coming! What an exciting time of year with all of the special services, holiday parties, and school events. There is a lot going on and it is fun to be a part of it all. But what about the widows, the elderly, and other members of your ministry who don’t get out much….

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Celebrate Grandparent’s Day—September 11

CTA has released a new line of gifts just in time for Grandparent’s Day happening on Sunday, September 11. There are six special gifts in the Grandparents Are a Blessing theme—photo magnets, flip books, and much more! And CTA customers are really impressed! Here’s what they have to say: From Jo Ann in Nashville: “I love this…

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Christmas beyond the Church

Christmas church services provide some of the most idyllic scenes of the entire year—the brightly burning candles, the peaceful manger scene, the angelic singing, and the children decked out in matching outfits or frilly dresses.  Everyone exchanges warm Christmas greetings as they are surrounded by friends, family, and the presence of God’s love sent down…

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Becoming Significant in Your Community: Reaching Out Beyond the Church Doors

One Saturday in October each year many folks in our community are out and about serving in an incredible mission blitz event. They provide a wide range of services for the community that include: Completing home repairs for those in need. Providing nursing home residents with a bag of personal items and lap robes, delivered…

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3 Keys to AMP the Motivation of Your Volunteers

So you finally have the volunteers you need to staff the children’s ministry and fill the open slots on the Ministry Council. Breathe a sigh of relief and offer a prayer of thanks! But as you say, “Amen,” remember you aren’t finished yet. Now that your volunteers are in place, you want to help them…

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Train EVERY Volunteer!

Editor’s note: This article, written by Karen Kogler, first appeared in Share in mid-July. Since we know many regular readers were on vacation then and since we believe so strongly in the importance of training volunteers, we are reprinting it today. Many blessings as you recruit and equip volunteers for the new year of ministry ahead! Employers train new…

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Train Every Volunteer!

Employers train new hires. Teens are trained to drive. Personal trainers help you reach your exercise goals. Training is common everywhere . . . except the church. Most churches feel they’re doing well if they offer Sunday school teacher training. The reality is that every church volunteer should be trained for ministry. But aren’t most…

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