Tagged: appreciation


Meaningful Appreciation3 rules for thanking your pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Many congregations plan receptions, organize card showers, and flood their pastors’ pantries with pastries and other goodies. Each church shows appreciation a little differently. There’s no one “right” way to do it. Whatever you do, though, make sure it’s meaningful. Here are three keys to doing that: Keep it personal….

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Beautiful Feeta free devotion for Pastor Appreciation

Runners take good care of their feet. They take great care as they buy shoes. They don’t mind spending a few extra dollars on socks. They keep their toenails trimmed. They stretch their Achilles’ tendons. They are always on the lookout for the latest treatments for blisters and athlete’s foot. When you’re a runner, foot…

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100 Ways to Encourage a Student (or a Teacher) and Create Smiles

Many thanks to Tim Wesemann for sharing these great ideas with us! Use them to be a blessing in the lives of those around you today! Wow • Way to go • Super • You’re special • Outstanding • Excellent • Great • Good • Neat • Well done • Remarkable • I knew you…

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Get Out of that Office–Go Thank a Volunteer!

Looking for a way to get out of the office this afternoon? Want a fun activity that will make your volunteers feel great? Then try this: Surprise as many volunteers as possible, dropping in on them at home or on the job site with a cool treat (lemonade or ice cream sundae). Be sure to put your thanks…

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Just In Case You Missed It–7 Super Ways to Thank Volunteers

CTA published this blog earlier in the year. When it appeared, you may have set it aside to read and implement later. We’re reprinting it now, hoping that you will take a few minutes to review it and schedule some encouragement-building activities into this fall’s plans. Church leaders appreciate their volunteers, but some of us…

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One Amazing Key to Working with Staff & Volunteers

That key? Saying thank you—in words and actions. Perhaps as June nears an end, many of your programs break for the summer. Some volunteers and staff will return next fall, but some likely will not. While you say “thank you” every day, the end of these activities stand as no-miss milestones! As a servant leader…

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Volunteers–Canned Peaches? Or Fresh Lettuce?

As a few volunteers and I cleaned out a closet of Sunday school supplies, we came across an institution-size can of peaches in a back corner on the top shelf. How had some creative teacher planned to use that in her lesson? Then someone recalled that, years before, this closet had been a kitchen pantry. The…

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Thank You for Serving the Savior–a free devotion

One. It’s not a big number. It’s not a complicated number. Anyone who can talk can count to one! No big deal! The Bible, though, does make a big deal of it—of oneness, of unity. Today, we gather to celebrate the contributions of—not just one—but many people who have been instruments of our Savior’s blessing…

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Belonging Together–a free devotion

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.1 Corinthians 12:12 “I think we should use a neutral color—like blue—for the new carpet in our worship area. Unless we use blue, I won’t contribute.” “Blue…

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