By CTA – Christ to All
A little boy ran down the beach and stood at the edge of the water. Never having seen the ocean in person, he marveled as the waves washed up near his toes and then receded. His mom, who had watched her son take in the majesty of the ocean for the first time, asked, “So, do you want to go in now?” The little boy thought for a moment and responded, “No, I think I’ll wait ’til it stops!”
While we chuckle at the boy’s innocence, we have perhaps walked in his flip-flops at one time or another. Those in full-time ministry serve God and his people in season and out of season, giving their energy and heart to his Kingdom’s work. Like the waves on the beach, ministry doesn’t have a stopping point. You may think you’ll wait until the busyness stops to take a family vacation, make time for regular exercise, or take a mini sabbatical to allow your Savior to wash over you with a fresh cleansing of his constant waves of grace. However, ministry needs will not stop and you need a break to recharge and be nourished by your heavenly Father’s gifts—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Help for All Seasons
As you work to recharge, don’t forget to delegate. Allow those around you to explore and use their gifts. Exhale and inhale God’s mercy. Stand at the edge of Jesus’ empty tomb and marvel at the majesty of his resurrection. Let his peace wash over you. Soak in his rays of grace. Be assured of this: your Savior’s faithfulness will never end!
Help for Vacation Bible School
Make sure your vacation Bible school coordinator and volunteers know about the great Christ-centered teaching resources available through CTA. Of course, VBS can also stand for Very Busy Summer, so although you may have been planning this event for some time, last-minute help and blessings abound at the VBS link! Check out the CTA theme Dive into God’s Word, which offers a downloadable event guide that you can easily customize to fit your specific VBS schedule. Or, explore the Warriors of Faith theme, with a 5-part downloadable event guide and a large assortment of coordinating products and activities.
Help for Back to School
Back-to-school season will be here before you know it. Get a head start on your planning now. Check out these CTA resources:
- New for 2022: Back-to-School event
- Power Up with Jesus Power Up: Back-to-School Celebration for Preteens
- Backpack Blessings Event, backpacks, backpack tags
- Youth products (Don’t forget your high-school and college-age students!)
- Children’s outreach
Help for Fall Women’s Ministry
CTA exists to walk with you in ministry, making your job a little bit easier. Can we partner with you this fall as you kick off your women’s ministry for the year? Check out these leader’s resources and gifts:
- Women’s Ministry Leadership Digital Training Manual
- Ordinary Moments. Extraordinary God. 7-week leader’s guide and coordinating products
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