Tagged: volunteer recognition


One Amazing Key to Working with Staff and 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 programs stand as no-miss milestones! As a servant leader…

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Tools of the Tradea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from the Shaped to Serve devotion book. With 64 pages of Scriptures and devotional thought starters, this book makes a perfect “welcome to the team” gift for any volunteer! Most pottery workshops have an ample pile of “wasters.” The items that land in this pile have somehow become damaged or…

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A Warm Welcomea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from CTA’s staff and volunteer appreciation book With Heartfelt Thanks. With 64 pages of devotions, inspirational stories, and Bible-based encouragement, this book aims to honor each person who contributes to God’s ministry. We encourage you to share it and other With Heartfelt Thanks appreciation gifts with your teachers, coaches, office…

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Shaped to Servea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Summer is quickly approaching and many of your ministry programs may be slowing down. Don’t forget about the leaders and volunteers that have made your ministry possible this year! Today’s devotion comes from the Shaped to Serve Devotion Book. Use these words to encourage those who serve in your ministry and, if you’re…

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More Questions Than Answersa free devotion for National Volunteer Week

Editor’s note: This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week. In honor of the countless volunteers that make Christian ministry possible, today’s devotion comes from the With Heartfelt Thanks devotion book. Use these words to encourage those who serve in your ministry and, if you’re looking for an end-of-year appreciation gift, browse through CTA’s selection today!…

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Retaining VolunteersSpeak the Truth in Love

If you have a problem with a volunteer, what do you do? We’d all agree that “speaking the truth in love,” from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (4:15 ESV), is the right way to handle problems involving volunteers. But most of us don’t take that path. We simply put up with the problem. After all,…

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2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – Who Do We Appreciate?

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, but we know volunteerism has no season. Spring. Fall. Summer. Winter. In every season, many ministry efforts in churches are winding down. Others are kicking into high gear. None of them would succeed without a serious investment of time, thought, and effort on the part of volunteers and…

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Retaining Volunteers“It Matters!”

Everyone knows we need to thank volunteers. No doubt about it; saying thank you is important. But it’s equally important to affirm our volunteers. Affirming volunteers is simply letting them know that their work matters. Giving our time costs us something. We need to know that our effort—at this time, in this place—makes a difference…

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How to Say (and Show) Thanks

In 20 years, she had never cried in church. She came to church to sing, to sing with others in the choir. She sang at Christmas and at Easter. She sang with wet hair in March, after dashing into the building through a cold downpour. She sang with cold feet in January, after braving icy…

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Gifts for Church VolunteersOrder now!

Volunteer Appreciation Week will be celebrated April 10-16 this year. What are you doing to show your volunteers how much you appreciate the work they do? Consider saying “thank you” with a volunteer appreciation gift from CTA. We’re offering seven themes this year! Overflowing with Thanks: This new theme has quickly become a customer favorite!…

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