Are You Impacting One Person for Christ?

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2014_10_30_oneONE is about every believer impacting one person for Christ. Each believer should be focusing on developing a relationship with one person, reaching that person, teaching that person, and releasing that person to multiply his/her efforts into the lives of others by making disciples.

Hear Ed Lewis talk more about ONE, find resources to help, read testimonies, and let CE National know about your commitment to join the initiative on the ONE website at one.cenational.org.

Keith Minier to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference

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2014_10_30_minierKeith Minier, lead pastor at Grace Fellowship in Pickerington, Ohio, will once again be a main session speaker at Momentum Youth Conference.

Keith has served faithfully in his role as lead pastor for ten years and has seen God move tremendously over that time. Grace has grown from a church of 70 to over 3000 during his leadership. He is a passionate and skilled communicator and leader who loves seeing the power of the local church unleashed. Keith has a strong desire to see the next generation of Christ followers live up to their potential in the local church.

Read more about Keith and the main session speakers at buildmomentum.org.

Dr. Kevin Zuber Featured During Super Wednesday Next Week

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2014_10_17_zuber_smallDr. Kevin Zuber, professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago will speak on the topic “What Pastors Need to Know About Postmodernism.” Visit superwednesdays.net to register for this November 5 event.

Super Wednesdays are open to pastors, church staff and lay people. They are specifically designed for growing you and your church. For additional information contact Lois at cenational@cenational.org or call 574.267.6622.

Operation Barnabas Faithfulness Award Winners

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2014_10_30_obSince participating on Operation Barnabas is not an end result but rather a step in the process, we encourage OB participants to be involved in the OB Faithfulness Program.

This ten month discipleship program, completed the year immediately following the student’s summer on OB, involves being mentored and being accountable to a responsible spiritual adult in the church, as well as mentoring a younger student.

We are pleased to announce the following 2013 Operation Barnabas alumni have received the OB Faithfulness Award.

Rachel Adams, Alexandria Grace Brethren Church, Alexandria, VA

Moriah Conant, Liberty Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA

Abbygail Fisher, Grace Polaris Church, Worthington, OH

Olivia Fisher, Community Grace, Warsaw, IN

Hannah Fu, Grace Community Frederick, Frederick, MD

Kaylyn Karmie, Canton Grace Brethren Church, Canton, OH

Rebecca Kovatch, Delaware Grace Brethren Church, Delaware, OH

Chelsea Rutt, Grace Church of Lititz, Lititz, PA

Josh Smith, Grace Polaris Church, Worthington, OH

Kahler Snow, Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, IN

Abby Strausbaugh, Ashland Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, OH

Students meet at least once every two weeks with their discipleship partner to go through an “accountability” chart for spiritual goals. This includes items such as going through discipleship materials and journaling, church attendance, time in the Bible/prayer/using OnTrack Devotions, scripture memory, and ministry/outreach projects.

The OB student also mentors someone younger so that they can learn how to model Christ to someone less mature in their faith.

Reports are sent in bimonthly, tracking the progress the students are making. At the end of the ten months, references are sent to both the discipleship leader and pastor. If both give their recommendation and endorse this student, the OBer then receives a certificate stating that he/she has received the “Operation Barnabas Faithfulness Award.”

Interested in learning more about Operation Barnabas or sharing our ministry with others? Check out our website operationbarnabas.net to view our brand new promotional video, download an information handout, or print off applications for OB 2015. The preliminary application deadline is November 19, 2014.

Dr. Kevin Zuber Featured During Next Super Wednesday

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2014_10_17_zuber_smallDr. Kevin Zuber, professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago will speak on the topic “What Pastors Need to Know About Postmodernism.” Visit superwednesdays.net to register for this November 5 event.

Super Wednesdays are open to pastors, church staff and lay people. They are specifically designed for growing you and your church. For additional information contact Lois at cenational@cenational.org or call 574.267.6622.

Relentless: The Theme for Momentum 2015

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2014_10_24_relentlessOur 2015 theme, Relentless is from Daniel 3:28b:

“They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were
willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”

We desire to see students willing to give up anything rather than serve or worship anything besides Christ. This calls for a relentless pursuit after Jesus. There’s a lot vying for the attention of youth and the only way to see teens saying “no” to cultural and fleshly demands and saying “yes” to following hard after Christ is for them to desire Jesus more. A relentless pursuit means people are desiring to spend time in God’s Word, with God’s people, and asking God to reveal more of His character to them so that when tough choices need to be made, students are walking in obedience to God.

We’re praying that our 2015 theme serves as a catalyst for students to relentlessly pursue Jesus.

Now 6th graders can benefit from the Momentum experience. Because many junior high ministries include 6th graders, Momentum Youth Conference is now open 6th graders. Visit buildmomentum.org to find out more about Momentum Youth Conference.

Operation Barnabas: a Student Ministry That Impacts the Sending Family Too!

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OB 2014 participant Jeremy Nutter and family

Operation Barnabas has sent out student ministry teams for 41 years, so often our OB alumni are now sending the second generation from their families to participate on Operation Barnabas. Scott and Jennifer Nutter, from Indianapolis, Indiana, sent their son Jeremy on OB 2014. Scott went on Operation Barnabas as a student in 1986 and then as a leader in 1990.

Here is what Jennifer recently shared with us about how participation on OB has impacted their family as well as Jeremy’s school.

Scott and I would encourage any Christian high school student to go on OB. Scott was on a team when he was in high school and then he was a leader so we had an advantage of knowing what it was like.

Jeremy was the one who approached us about going on OB. He got excited after seeing the OB teams at Momentum. We knew it would be a lot of money, but honestly we never worried about it. We knew the Lord would provide if He wanted Jeremy to be part of OB. Jeremy sent out his support letters, and he actually got more money than he needed.

At first, 6 weeks sounded like forever, but the summer went so fast that it was over before we knew it. I thought it was the perfect setting for him to be “on his own” and yet have structure. After we went to the parent orientation and heard from the leaders, I had no anxiety about leaving him. I truly was excited for all that the Lord was going to teach him. I know Scott felt the same way.

Jeremy tells people that it was “the best summer ever” and that he had an amazing summer with the Lord. He goes to a Christian school so he has become a better leader in his JR class and has started a Bible study. Many of his teachers have commented to me that he is stepping up this year and being a leader in his class. He is not afraid to talk about his walk with the Lord and is excited about it.

There is no bigger thrill as parents than to see our son excited about the Lord, and we know that his summer on an OB team definitely forced him out of his comfort zone and impacted his spiritual life more than we will ever know.

Jeremy also shared what being on the Florida OB team this past summer meant to him.

This summer on Operation Barnabas I had so many opportunities to do so many cool things. Every day I was challenged to do something new and challenging in order to learn how to share my faith and become a brighter light for God in this dark world. Whether it was helping out at a church or doing carnivals at a church stop, it was so exciting to encourage and fellowship with other believers. I was able to share my faith, whether in a laundry mat or at a fast food place, and these were my favorite things I was able to do. The whole time the leaders were amazing to encourage and challenge us every step of the way. When I came home I found what I had learned on OB was helpful in everyday life. It is a summer that will be with me the rest of my life and I have friends that I will never forget, because of the impact they had on my life.

You can learn a bit more about the Operation Barnabas ministry by watching our brand new promotional video.

The preliminary application deadline for OB 2015 is November 19, 2014. Further information specific to Operation Barnabas 2015 is on our website, operationbarnabas.net, along with the OB application and reference forms.

Jeff Bogue to Speak at Momentum 2015

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2014_10_17_bogueA conference favorite, Jeff Bogue will return to the Momentum Youth Conference main session stage.

In 1993, Jeff Bogue and his wife Heidi became youth ministers at Grace Church in Akron, Ohio. After building a successful ministry of over 300 youth, Jeff and Heidi accepted the challenge of pastoring a new campus of Grace Church, starting with under 200 people in 2000.
Today, Jeff serves as senior pastor, leading both campuses of Grace Church with over 4,000 people calling Grace their home church.

Visit buildmomentum.org to see who else will be speaking at Momentum.

You Can Bless People at Urban Hope This Thanksgiving

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2014_10_17_uh_thanksgivingBecause our hope rests in the transforming power of Christ, join us this holiday season and see God continue to move at Urban Hope!

In the community around Urban Hope people live who do not have the means to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. While the greatest need is spiritual, we also believe that Jesus cares for the physical needs of people. Through your support we are able to provide 300 meals to families who need help this holiday season. Because of your generosity, families can pay $5 for their entire meal so that we can give them a “hand-up” and not simply a “hand-out.” Through this outreach we are also providing jobs for a few people in our local church and community who are currently unemployed.

Every bag offers hope… of the gospel …of community …of provision.

By giving a gift of $50 per family or $10 per individual, you are not only providing a great Thanksgiving Dinner, you are providing employment for people who desperately need the extra help as well as providing each family the opportunity to hear the gospel.  Give online to support the Thanksgiving Dinner Groceries Outreach

Team of 30 Adults and Students Help at Urban Hope

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A team of 30 adults and students from Grace Fellowship Church, Leamersville and Altoona Campus, Leamersville, Pa., visited Urban Hope the weekend of October 10-12. The group was trained in how to share their faith, went out and did homeless ministry, a kid’s program in the park, and were challenged to go back to their homes and live intentionally for Christ!

Here are a few testimonies:

  • Brad Dobson: “I’m not usually comfortable talking and sharing with people and this experience really enhanced my growth in this area.”
  • Dreek Becker: “God taught me that even though someone is different than me, we all fall short of the glory of God, and we should share Jesus with everyone.”
  • Brittany Yost: God taught me “True compassion and humility. That God’s grace is beyond my previous knowledge and serving God is more than just handing out a bag!”
  • Leah Smith: “He taught me to be compassionate, understanding, loving, thoughtful. God showed me these so I can see what He sees. It made me grateful to see others happy. Others are important.”

If you would like to bring a team to experience Urban Hope, visit urbanhope.net for more information.

Antioch School-Training Leaders

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Gain biblical knowledge, character, and ministry skills through the Antioch School.

The Antioch School allows development for emerging and established leaders in the context of their own churches and within their own church networks. Programs focus on character, ministry skills, and biblical knowledge through a curriculum based on doing biblical theology in culture. This is an innovative, degree-granting school, with a truly church-based, theological education. You may also contact Steve Galegor, Jr. at sgalegor@gmail.com as he is providing support for the Antioch School within the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.

Dr. Kevin Zuber Featured During Next Super Wednesday

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Dr. Kevin Zuber, professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago will speak on the topic “What Pastors Need to Know About Postmodernism.” Visit superwednesdays.net to register for this November 5 event.

Super Wednesdays are open to pastors, church staff and lay people. They are specifically designed for growing you and your church. For additional information contact Lois at cenational@cenational.org or call 574.267.6622.

Let’s Fill in the Moats Around our Church Buildings!

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They often grow wider over time and we get more separated from the people and needs right around our location. We have church fellowship schedules that fill our weeks which become months and then years.

Let’s build bridges to our neighbors and to local needs, honoring missions that are local as well as global.
Our Lord would like that.

So, this month’s Pastorpedia, introduced on video, is about our community love.

We hope you’ll benefit from the October issue of Pastorpedia.

Knute, for Jeff and Jim

Pastorpedia is produced monthly by three experienced pastors: Jeff Bogue, of Grace Church, in several locations in the Bath-Norton-Medina areas of Ohio; Jim Brown, of Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana, a church known for its strong growth, family and men’s ministries, and community response teams; and Knute Larson, a coach of pastors, who previously led The Chapel in Akron for 26 years. Pastorpedia is brought to you by CE National.

New Video Featuring Operation Barnabas

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We are pleased to introduce a brand new video that features the Operation Barnabas ministry. Operation Barnabas has been used by God to encourage young people to develop ministry skills and further learn to serve like Jesus for 41 years. While it certainly is not the only means by which high school students may gain ministry experience, we are thankful for the role OB has played for our partnering churches and the 3,300+ people who have gone through this summer ministry training. We believe this video is a great way to showcase Operation Barnabas and give a small taste of what students experience as part of an OB team!

Watch the video.

The preliminary application deadline for OB 2015 is November 19, 2014. Further information specific to Operation Barnabas 2015 is on our website, operationbarnabas.net, along with the OB application and reference forms.

Momentum’s Got Talent Returns to Momentum 2015

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CE National is excited to offer Momentum’s Got Talent (MGT) again this year at Momentum Youth Conference.

Students are encouraged to practice their skills such as vocal solos, teen challenges, creative writing, musical instruments, piano solos, and much more. Even art pieces can be brought to Momentum and entered. Students enter MGT by creating and uploading a video of themselves performing whatever they are planning to present or registering online that they are bringing a piece of artwork.

If you are a parent, youth worker, or pastor, we urge you to get your students involved in the process. It is never too early to start having students share what they will do for Momentum’s Got Talent in front of the youth group or the church, at a nursing home or retirement community, or at other places the youth group or church ministers.

One of the great advantages of a student’s involvement in Momentum’s Got Talent is the opportunity to be eligible for scholarships. Several colleges give renewable scholarships to winners and often to students who are part of the audition round at Momentum.

In addition, several Momentum’s Got Talent entries will be selected to present their talent in Momentum’s main sessions. Students may end up singing (for example) in front of 2,000+ people!

If you have questions regarding Momentum’s Got Talent, please call Lois at 574-267-6622 or email her at lois@cenational.org.