Topic: Youth

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. A minister like his father and grandfather, he pastored Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Early in his career, he rose to prominence in the civil rights movement, leading the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and forming…

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Making a Presentation? Follow These Three Rules!

For several years now, CTA has been tying free, downloadable PowerPoint presentations to specific products. We do this because we want to help busy volunteers, pastors, and other church professionals maximize the impact of their words on hearers. Linking words, images, and tangible items (e.g., themed key chains, pens, pocket calendars) helps you deliver the…

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Top 5 Tips for Getting Organized—with Technology

We’re knocking on the door of the one of the busiest seasons in churches and other Christian organizations; Christmas is on its way! Before you plunge in, take a deep breath and set a few hours aside to get organized—electronically! 5—Create a system for backing up your documents in case your computer crashes. We all…

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Count It All Joy–a free devotion

Editor’s note: Like last week, this week’s free devotion is drawn from CTA’s new line of teacher appreciation products, Teaching. One of those products, a compact calculator, comes with an accordion-fold booklet that includes thought-starters based on the various kinds of calculations teachers of the Word often make. Use the thoughts and questions below to kick…

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Count It All Loss–a free devotion

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion is drawn from CTA’s new line of teacher appreciation products, Teaching. One of those products, a compact calculator, comes with an accordion-fold booklet that includes thought-starters based on the various kinds of calculations teachers of the Word often make. Use the thoughts and questions below to kick off this week’s staff meeting….

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Recruiting Volunteers — Part 2

Editor’s note: This blog is the second in a two-part series, focusing on a key topic in churches—especially this time of year. In part one, the author focused on the recruiter’s attitude, the wisdom of honing in on people’s strengths and interests, and a way to expand your circle of invitees beyond members you may personally know….

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Backpack Blessing for Back-to-School: Here’s How!

Editor’s note: This article is adapted slightly from the version appearing in CTA’s August “Grab N’ Go” newsletter. Each issue includes tips, hints, and articles written for church professionals and volunteers. Interested in subscribing? Go to CTA’s website, scroll down to find the E-mail subscription link in the left-hand column, and sign up. It’s free!  It…

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Devotions for High School Graduates

New Beginnings for Graduates receives two reviews from youth leaders of different churches: New Beginnings for Graduates is not your average graduate devotional. It’s real and applicable! I felt inspired during the first two pages and enjoyed each witty remark and analogy that followed. It’s a great combination of spiritual insight and practical ways to…

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Who Is This Jesus Christ?

Who is this Jesus Christ!? That was the question an 18-year-old student at the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) asked me seven years ago. I had taken an opportunity to travel to China on a servant trip with 12 youth from my congregation. We were blessed to have five students from HKIS as interpreters while…

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Roots & Wings–Ideas for Recognition of Grandparents Day

Wise parents and teachers realize children need both wings and roots. Young people who grow up with only roots never soar to their true potential. But those who grow up with only wings can easily crash and burn. Grandparents help provide the roots we all need–when we’re young and later on in life, too. Unconditional love….

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