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Tips for Saying Thanks during Clergy Appreciation Month

October is Clergy Appreciation Month in many churches. While you will want to thank your senior pastor, don’t overlook the children’s ministers, the DREs and DCEs, the church secretaries, and all the many volunteers who keep your ministry moving forward! Here are some ideas you might want to use or adapt: Plan ahead for October. Distribute Post-It…

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Trunk or Treat!

Editor’s note: A few years ago, Elisa Tomlinson researched the “Trunk or Treat” phenomena for us here at CTA. She talked with many creative people in many churches about the various Halloween alternatives they were providing. Here is what she found. I have a confession to make. I have never once been trick-or-treating! My parents…

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Timely Tips For a Great Fall Festival

Are you hoping to add some variety to this year’s Fall Festival? Try some of these tips: This year, award a prize for the best decorated trunk or truck bed. Participants could vote for their favorites, or delegate a panel of judges for this task. Dress a volunteer as a “mystery person” who will walk…

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What Works in Classroom Discipline: Ways to keep your class focused and learning

List the top five fears of beginning teachers, and you’ll find “classroom discipline” near the top of that list. List the top five frustrations of many seasoned teachers, and you’ll find “classroom discipline” near the top of the list, too! For those who teach in church, this issue can seem even more daunting. Many of…

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Sunday School: It Takes a Church Family

Editor’s note: We are reprinting this month’s Customer Comments article from CTA’s monthly Grab N’ Go newsletter just in case you missed it. As children’s ministries begin again all across the nation, we thought you might find it encouraging—and glean a helpful idea or two along the way!  Teaching Sunday school requires a few specific…

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Building a Christ-Centered Learning Community

It’s time! The new school year is here. If you are a teacher for Sunday school or weekday programs, you are probably eager to gather with your class and start learning more about Jesus together. What’s the most important part of your time together? Is it learning Bible stories, Bible truths, and how they apply…

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“Thank You, Teacher!”

A parent pauses in the hallway after class to tell the teacher, “Jeremy is learning a lot in Sunday school. Thank you!” The pastor makes a special effort several times each year to stop by the children’s classrooms and give a quick thumbs-up to the staff working there. Even though he will be a few…

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