Tagged: encouraging volunteers


6 Ways Leaders Can Inspire Teamwork

Leading a team is hard work, but it’s also wonderfully rewarding. It’s also the God-pleasing way to do ministry in the church. When church leaders work as Lone Rangers, they prevent others in the body of Christ from using their gifts and rob them of the joy of serving. As Paul reminds us: The eye…

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Where’s YOUR Church?

“Where is your church?” If you asked me that, I could give you a street address in Arlington Heights, Illinois. But I’d rather answer it by showing you the three large maps on display in our church lobby. One is a world map. Another is a map of Arlington Heights and the neighboring suburbs. Between…

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April 6-12 Is National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Are you looking for a simple way to say thanks? Here’s a note you can include in this week’s bulletin or newsletter. Or post it on your church’s website. CTA has many thoughtful, value-priced gifts you might want to consider using, too. Check them out!    To All Our Volunteers: Thank You!  We thank our…

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New! Welcome Pack Plus . . .

If you work with volunteers, you know that your job doesn’t end when they accept your invitation to serve. You want to provide a smooth glide path for them as they begin the tasks for which they have volunteered. You want to encourage them along the way, keeping their energy levels high and helping them…

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Are You Recruiting or Inviting Volunteers?

It is with great joy that we announce the marriage of our daughter. You are cordially recruited to attend. Have you ever received a wedding announcement that read like that? Of course not. You are not recruited to a wedding; you are invited. Wedding invitations come on fancy paper and sometimes include ribbons and confetti….

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Ready, Set, Go! — a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: CTA offers a number of tools (many of them FREE) and all designed to help you invite volunteers and encourage them in their service. This week’s devotion grows out of those materials and can be used with several of them. Check them out! Introduction I am going to say the first two words…

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The One Who Serves–a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Use these questions to spark discussion within your group or to inspire a personal journal entry:  Jesus said, “I am among you as the one who serves” (Luke 22:27; emphasis added). How has Jesus served the world God so loved? In what additional, specific, and personal ways has he served you? The Bible tells us that we…

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At the Name of Jesus–a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  (Philippians 2:9-11)…

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Your Wish Is My Command–a free devotion for this week’s meetings

He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8) As I grew up, my mom encouraged me to read, read, read. She even subscribed to a children’s book club for me. A new classic arrived each month. I still remember Treasure Island, Gulliver’s Travels, and Little…

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Make a HUGE Difference–Say Thanks!

It seemed almost pointless to play the 1978 Orange Bowl. The Oklahoma Sooners, all but unbeatable that year, were a 21-point favorite. Then Arkansas lost four key players the week before the game. One had been injured, and Arkansas’s coach had benched three others for breaking team rules. That coach was Lou Holtz, who later…

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