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Joy to the World–a free devotion for children’s ministry

In a shoebox, place a small cross and the baby Jesus figure from a Christmas crèche set. Tape cellophane (plastic wrap) over the top of the box, then close the lid. Use a marker to draw a large question mark on the lid. You will also need a white board or poster paper and markers….

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A Second Home

Leaders learn by listening to volunteers. When I asked one about her substantial volunteer involvement in our church, she commented, “It’s like the church is my second home.”  When we take our work to an unhealthy extreme, volunteers or staff can begin to feel we spend more time at church than at home. We say, “Church…

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Retreat This Summer Before You Advance This Fall

It is hard to believe that another summer is slipping away.  July is gone and August is rapidly approaching.  As August arrives, we begin to think about the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. But before summer is truly gone, take some time to yourself to reflect and recharge for another…

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Two Mighty Words–“Thank You!”

Someone has nominated “FREE” as the most powerful word in the English language. But right behind it, I believe, come the words, “thank you,” sincerely offered.   CTA is all about helping you express your appreciation to staff and volunteers in meaningful ways. (We are, after all, “Christian Tools of Affirmation”!) Our affordable products help you say…

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Teach me!

One of the things I have to remind myself of regularly regarding CTA’s great teaching resources and products is that teaching goes well beyond the Christian school. Sunday School teachers, small group teachers, VBS teachers, Bible Class teachers – please forgive me! You’re all included (and appreciated)! I come from a long family line of…

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Vision for Grieving with Hope & Facing Illness with Hope – Part One

I hope people catch the vision and the endless possibilities for ministry when they purchase and read CTA’s two books, Grieving with Hope and Facing Illness with Hope. I’m continually astonished that they’ve been priced lower than most sympathy cards and even come with an envelope for mailing. Today people often send email cards for…

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Valentine’s Party Planning–Down to the Wire!

Yes, it’s this weekend! Valentine’s Day is February 14–this Saturday.  If you teach kids in Sunday school, they will likely arrive revved up and ready to go! Your usual, well-crafted plan is likely to fly right out the window on Cupid’s wings! So now what? How can you capitalize on the potential chaos? Here’s a…

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