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Church Welcome Bags for Children

Developing welcome bags and strategies show that the congregation is delighted that all members of a visiting family have attended. Our pastor often says in his welcome to visitors “We’ve been expecting you” – and with these actions, we show that we have been preparing that welcome.

How to Write a New Baby Card: 7 Tips

It is a joy to support new parents, but what to write and when? Here are 7 tips for how to write a new baby card, including special circumstances.

Mentoring: The Missing Key to Confirmation?

Relationships between youth and trusted adults strengthen confirmation programs and congregational support.

10 Easter Encouragements for Ministry Leaders

Easter Monday… you made it! The resurrection unfolds into a season of new life. What does it hold for you? Encouraging words from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching.

On Good Friday: A Word from Isaac Watts

18th-century hymn writer Isaac Watts encourages us to stand closer to the cross and to Jesus, inspiring us with Christ’s love for us and our echoing love.

Want Easter Guests to Come Back? Invite Them to Your Next Big Thing

Inviting your guests to what is coming up next at your church is an important part of welcoming and evangelism. Easter affords an opportunity to welcome large numbers of new faces to the Next Big Thing with your congregation.

Announcing eFormation 2017: You are Invited!

eFormation is a 21st century learning community, focused on digital media for ministry. Join us for our flagship event June 5-6.

New Baby Ministry: Churches Supporting Parents

A new baby ministry that starts in the days after baby comes home from the hospital, with words of welcome from the congregation and reading material and nursery information, helps one church bridge birth, baptism, and nursery.

Easter Sunrise at Home: Building a Family Tradition

An Easter sunrise breakfast is one way families can transmit Christian belief in ways that are authentic to their household.

Building Faith Does Easter: 12 Helpful Posts

A wide variety of posts to help celebrate Easter Sunday and the whole season in church and at home, including crafts and teaching tools for all ages.

Why Eggs on Easter? A Christian Answer

Enjoy your chocolate Easter eggs! Eggs are a perfect Easter symbol. Eggs are symbols of new life, just as Christians find new life in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter.

In the Bustle of Easter… Don’t Forget to Teach Easter!

When to teach Easter is a fundamental question for churches who see high attendance numbers on Easter Sunday but do not offer formational time on the Feast Day.

Building Faith Does Holy Week: 15 Helpful Posts

Our best Holy Week posts for creating meaningful liturgies at church and at home, with practices for youth groups, children’s church, and the home.

Holy Week Through the Eyes of Youth

Holy Week is a time to invite, to encourage, and to propose. Consider with the ways in which twenty-first century discipleship calls us to the cross.

Palms, Supper, Tomb: A Children’s Service for Holy Week

A family-friendly service walks participants through Jesus’ last days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with stories, songs and lots of movement. Older children take on roles that help us imagine ourselves in the scene.

St. Patrick’s Prayer for the Faithful

“May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us.”

Webinar: Planning for VBS

Join the CMT for a free webinar on VBS. Goals/objectives of VBS, practical tips for running a successful program. Panelists Lisa Brown and Emily Given.

What’s in YOUR Lent in a Bag: Shared Photos!

Readers have been sharing Lent in a Bag ideas since 2013. Churches around the country have put their spin on ‘Lent in a Bag’ and we asked them to share with you! Check out these pictures of all the different versions from a wide variety of churches.

Measuring Church Vitality: Beyond the Attendance Dance

Church vitality is more than counting heads on Sunday. Recognizing your congregations’ open doors – its assets – can lead to strengthened attendance.

The Reviews are in: The Best VBS Programs for 2017!

2017 VBS reviews, new programs and recaps of perennial resources including CMT’s Top Picks, five programs we found stood out from the rest. We believe VBS can be a powerful tool for evangelism for your church. Be sure to select a program that mirrors the mission and theology of your church and community.