Topic: Staff & Volunteer Appreciation


Are You a Good Steward of Your Volunteers’ Time and Talent?

As Christians, we aim to be good stewards of our time, talent, and treasure. Church leaders put serious emphasis on their responsibility to be good stewards of the treasure—the financial gifts—that people give to their church. On the other hand, we rarely talk about church leaders being good stewards of the time and talent that…

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The Lamb of Goda free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: We serve because Christ modeled service for us throughout his ministry on earth. Today’s devotion, taken from Christ-Centered Service, highlights the strength and gentleness of Jesus—both qualities that we seek to model in our service to God’s people today. After you read, be sure to visit the CTA website to see the Christ-Centered Service prayer…

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25 Ways to Use Volunteers in Children’s Ministry

When you work with children as a teacher, youth group coordinator, or other kids’ ministry leader, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Along with caring for the children during class time, you have a to-do list that’s a mile long. It seems like you have one million tasks to complete each week! Could you use some…

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You Make an Eternal Differencea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion focuses on the people who freely give their time and talents in service to your ministry. As you prepare for a new year of Sunday school and church activities, use these words to encourage those on your team. You can find this Ministry Message and several brand-new volunteer appreciation gifts in…

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Let’s Talk About Serving

Do you talk about serving or volunteering at your church? Of course you do. In most every church, you can count on reading or hearing a “volunteers needed” notice every week. But other than recruitment, do you talk about it? The Bible certainly does. Here’s a list of things we could—and should—be talking about! The…

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Seeing Christ’s Obedience More Clearlya free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion comes from one of CTA’s devotion books 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. CTA also offers a FREE retreat outline and other value-priced Christian gifts in the same theme. It takes…

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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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Want Volunteers?Build Good Connections

There’s something about serving together that builds relationships. Spending a couple hours together stuffing envelopes, being on the team that plans the fall rummage sale, going on a mission trip together—all of these volunteer opportunities build connections. In fact, it’s not unusual for lifetime friendships to form among people who serve together. These connections often…

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Got Volunteers?Screen them

Reports of child sexual abuse are troubling and all too frequent these days. It’s especially troubling when the perpetrator is from a church. We want our churches to be places of safety, so most ministries now conduct thorough background checks on staff and volunteers who work with children. This does provide a small measure of…

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Retaining VolunteersSpeak the Truth in Love

If you have a problem with a volunteer, what do you do? We’d all agree that “speaking the truth in love,” from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (4:15 ESV), is the right way to handle problems involving volunteers. But most of us don’t take that path. We simply put up with the problem. After all,…

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