Topic: Youth

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Stretch Your Children’s Ministry BudgetCTA can help!

It’s one thing all children’s ministry leaders have in common—making every dollar count! In many churches, budgets are tighter than ever. And, if you’re blessed with rising participation in your programs, you’re left with a double-whammy. How can you do more, for more kids, with less money? CTA has the answer! The FREE downloadables in…

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Praying for Children7 Ways to Include Every Worshipper

Take a moment and think about the members of your church. Even if you don’t have a school or childcare center, there are probably a good number of children in your church. Although many of these young members receive faith training at home or instruction through the programs at your church, there is still more…

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Being the New Kid10 Ways to Help New Students Feel Welcome

We’ve all been the new kid at some point in our lives—being in a new and unfamiliar environment is difficult! For many children, the anxiety sticks around for several days and can have a real impact on their learning. But you, as their teacher, can welcome new students with the joy of Jesus and make…

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G.L.O.W. (God Lights Our Way)a free Fall Festival devotion

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is the perfect addition to your Fall Festival, Halloween Alternative event, or harvest party. It comes from the G.L.O.W. (God Lights Our Way) theme—new from CTA this year. Read the devotion and then check out all the products and FREE resources in the theme! Before you begin, find and print a…

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Celebrate the Past, Embrace the Futurea free devotion for students

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from the Ministry Message that accompanies CTA’s newest graduation theme, Celebrate the Past, Embrace the Future. If you have students heading off to face new opportunities this fall, use this devotion to remind them that their Savior has many good things in mind for their future—no matter where…

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8 Ways to Show College Students You Care

In just a few short weeks, the college students in your church will be leaving for school. Although they won’t be with you every Sunday for the next ten months, they’ll remain part of your church family. While away, they may experience both challenges and growth in their Christian beliefs. Remind them that you care—and…

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The Gospel Story by Colorsa free devotion for kids

Editor’s note: CTA’s Gospel Story by Colors theme has been a customer favorite for many years. The outreach items in the theme are perfect for summer mission trips or even outreach events at your home church. Today’s devotion will help you introduce the colors to your children and remind them of God’s plan of salvation…

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10 Kids’ Ministry Websites You Didn’t Know Existed

Kids’ ministry leaders usually have a list of go-to websites and blogs. If you need inspiration or are looking for a children’s sermon, you probably head straight for your favorites. But it’s time to think outside the box. These hidden gems of children’s ministry are worth a look! In no particular order, here are 10…

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Exploring God’s Worda free kids’ event outline

Editor’s note: The following activity is slightly adapted from one of CTA’s event outlines, Exploring God’s Word. The event guide covers an hour-long program focused on exploring the stories and messages of God’s love and salvation in the Bible. It’s great for VBS, summer Sunday school, or midweek classes. Check it out now—it’s FREE! Across…

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The Missing Piece in Children’s Ministry

Kathy O’Brien is a teacher—a teacher overflowing with passion for kids’ ministry. Being a Christian educator had been Kathy’s dream since she was seven years old. She actually wrote an essay about it as a young student, but her teacher was less than thrilled. “The teacher gave me an F and wrote across the top:…

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