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.

Why Small Groups Work For Churches

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By Ed Short

In order for a church to thrive as an active community unit, relationships must be nurtured. Small groups are meaningful conduits for these relationships to thrive. The difficulties of small groups include raising up leaders to oversee these groups, creating a working form of communication within these units, and dealing with interpersonal issues that arise from close contact ministry. But, we would like to argue that the benefits outweigh the cost. Read more on CE National’s ON MISSION Insights.

Now Is The Time To Apply For Operation Barnabas 2015

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Operation Barnabas still has open spots on our 2015 teams! A number of students have already been accepted for the two OB teams going out this summer, but applications are still being received so it is not too late for qualified applicants to apply.

Operation Barnabas will begin on June 15 with orientation in Winona Lake, Indiana, followed by ministry in such locations as Detroit, Chicago, and many opportunities in Indiana and Ohio. Operation Barnabas 2015 includes being a part of Momentum Youth Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University and then ending with ministry in Columbus, Ohio on July 27.

If you know of high school students who want to spend their summer in a meaningful way by learning more about Jesus and how to share Him with others, becoming equipped in ministry skills, and developing life-long relationships with like-minded peers, please encourage them to consider Operation Barnabas 2015.

To find out more about Operation Barnabas and download an application, visit operationbarnbas.net. If you have further questions about Operation Barnabas, please contact Sherilyn at obmail@cenational.org.

Nominate Someone For The 2015 CE National Faithfulness Awards

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Each year, CE National provides an opportunity to encourage and honor faithful servants in ministry. The CE National Faithfulness Award is an opportunity to nominate those within your church family deserving of honor. Are there names that come immediately to mind? Maybe the faithful staff member, the long-serving Sunday School teacher, those who have undertaken an event that was helpful in reaching, teaching, and releasing people for God’s glory? The deadline for submitting a nomination for a CE National Faithfulness Award is Friday, March 6th.

You play a vital role in the giving of these awards! Will you help us honor individuals who have served so well? You can find the Faithfulness form on our website at cenational.org/churchawards. Please take time to consider one or more nominations from your church family.

Thank you for joining with us as we honor individuals who are faithfully serving the Lord.

Get Involved In Momentum 2015

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There are several ways you can help pave the way for students to experience big things at Momentum 2015.

  • Join the prayer team
  • Volunteer during the week of Momentum
  • Join the Student Team
  • Serve on the Youth Pastor Core Team

Visit the special Get Involved page on the Momentum website to find out more.

Urban Hope–Root In And Reach Out

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The 2015 theme for Urban Hope Community Church in Philadelphia is “Root In and Reach Out.” “We want our people to help our church to the point where they are personally growing in their relationship with Christ, they are committed to the rest of the body of believers in the church and they are reaching out to others. Our impact on the community will grow in proportion to the depth of our own relationship with Christ and commitment to live ON MISSION,” says Jason Holt, director of Urban Hope.

The leaders have challenged the church to “root in” at the beginning of this year by allowing God to change them in the following areas:

  1. “Jesus, Change Me.” 1 Timothy 4:7,8 – Confess and pray, study and obey the Bible, changing bad patterns.
  2. “Jesus, Change Us.” Hebrews 10:24,25 – Church faithfulness on Sunday and Tuesday, serving and giving.
  3. “Jesus, Change Them.” Acts 1:8 – Strengthen relationships, focus on reaching someone, live ON MISSION at work, school or on your block.

New in the CE National Lending Library

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International Adventures: Torches of Joy
In 1960 the twenty-five thousand Dani tribes-people hidden away in the remote Toli Valley of Irian Jaya used only stone tools and had no written language. Then, in one generation, they took the dangerous, sometimes fatal, leap from the Stone Age into the twentieth century.

The Most High God: a commentary on the Book of Daniel
By Renald E. Showers
Did you know that God’s entire plan for human history was unveiled thousands of years ago? With one, broad stroke, God revealed to the prophet Daniel specific information about nations, rulers and Messiah.

Christian Heroes: Then and Now Adoniram Judson
By Janet and Geoff Benge
As America’s first foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson thirsted to see the Good News brought to the shrouded land of Burma. His thirst would be quenched, but at an unimaginable price.

Visit cenational.org/library to see these and other resources.

Background Checks With Shepherd’s Watch

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Background checks for staff and volunteers in direct contact with at-risk groups is important to maintain a safe environment for the people who attend your ministries. There are several companies offering online background checks. One is through Group Publishing called Shepherd’s Watch.

Other Suggestions from Group:

  • Check with your insurance company to see if they have any requirements regarding background checks.
  • Check with the local schools, churches and other youth organizations in your area to see how frequently they run background checks.
  • Make sure you have a policy in place that staff and volunteers must inform you of any arrests.

To find out more great tips for keeping your ministries safe, watch CE National’s Safety and Liability Video.

Three Great Resources

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Summit Ministries trains young adults on worldviews. Dr. Jeff Myers, Summit president, has been a speaker at Momentum Youth Conference.

Outreach magazine is always filled with outreach ideas and how church leaders can keep people focused outwards. James Long, a former employee of CE National, is the editor of the magazine.

On Track Devotions is a daily devotional tool available in quarterly booklet format designed to build the skill and discipline of effective daily Bible Study.

Apply For City Life – Two Weeks of Summer Ministry

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Students serving on City Life 2014

CE National has always been interested in offering a variety of ministry opportunities for students that know Jesus and want to grow in their walk with Him. Three years ago, City Life was launched with the concept of 15 days of “hands on” ministry in major inner-city locations. City Life teams began on the East Coast, focusing on Washington DC, New York City, and Philadelphia. Last year, we launched our first West Coast City Life team which ministered in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. We are pleased that in 2015, teams on both the East and West coast are being planned!

City Life has many of the ministry equipping aspects of our Operation Barnabas teams, but does not include programming and is a shorter time period. Some students find the two week length of time more doable with other summer activities, while still getting opportunities for ministry training.

Travis Smith, director of student ministries at Grace Fellowship in Pickerington, Ohio, had one of his students attend City Life in 2014. Travis says, “When students participate in City Life they are taught how to carry the gospel to a variety of different cultures. They learn the value of Christ’s mission and how to practice it, both in their daily lives and in their testimony. City Life provides them with the tools and experience in how to practically share the Word, and how to use their actions to change the world.”

Any high school student, including those just entering 9th grade, is eligible for City Life.

The planned dates for City Life 2015 are June 23 – July 7, which will begin with a brief orientation. The West Coast team orientation is in Norwalk, California, and the East Coast starts in Lititz, Pennsylvania. The cost for City Life is projected to be around $1100. Students will also need to fund their transportation to the orientation location and back home after tour.

Applications for City Life are available here.

Now Is The Time To Apply For Operation Barnabas 2015

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Summer ministry teams
It is not too late for high school students to apply for Operation Barnabas 2015! Though there are a number of students who have already received notification of early acceptance status, applications are still being received and open spots are available for qualified applicants on an Operation Barnabas team this summer.

If you know of students who want to spend their summer in a meaningful way by learning more about Jesus and how to share Him with others, becoming equipped in ministry skills, and developing life-long relationships with like-minded peers, please encourage them to consider Operation Barnabas 2015!

Visit operationbarnabas.net for details and to get application forms.

CE National Hosts Luncheon For Fellowship of Grace Brethren Church Organizations

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Ed Lewis honors Tom Avey during the luncheon

Hosted by CE National in the Russell Center, CE National invited the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Church national organizations to enjoy a luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Representatives from Encompass World Partners, Grace Schools, Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, Women of Grace, Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Grace Connect/BMH Books, Serving My Master (SMM), and CE National attended. Staff from the organizations were introduced, a fun quiz game was played, and prayer requests were shared.

During the event CE National honored Tom Avey, fellowship coordinator, for his many years of service in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.

Keith Minier And Travis Smith to Speak at CELS Youth

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2014_10_17_keithMinierKeith Minier, lead pastor at Grace Fellowship in Pickerington, Ohio, will speak via SKPYE during the CE Leadership Summit for Youth Workers. Keith will talk about why he believes the youth ministry of today needs to be tied to small groups, Sunday morning services, and teaching youth to serve. Travis Smith, youth pastor at Pickerington, will be on site to answer questions on how the church does this practically.

CELS is Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, 2015, at CE National. Visit celsyouth.cenational.org to find out who else will be speaking.

Work Teams Needed at Urban Hope

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The future site of the Studies in Urban Ministries at Urban Hope

A generous donor has made the purchase of this three story apartment building at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia possible. The building will be used by CE National’s new Studies in Urban Ministries program. Dennis Boyd has temporarily moved from Modesto, California, to Urban Hope to manage the project. He’s begun the work, but needs help.

We’re asking for teams with basic skills in carpentry, electrical, drywall, plumbing, etc. to come help Dennis now through April. If you want more information, please contact Jason Holt at jason@urbanhope.net.

Celebrate With CE National This Sunday (Jan. 25)

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Hosted by the Grace Brethren Church of Norwalk, California, this CE Celebration will feature Ed Lewis and TK (Timothy Kurtaneck), video clips, ministry testimonies, plus rejoicing together in God’s goodness.

The event starts at 6 p.m. with refreshments following. The church is located at 11005 Foster Rd., Norwalk, California.

Why ON MISSION Works

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Transforming our youth groups from program-based attendance to radical Christ followers who live ON MISSION is a huge challenge, but it is not unattainable. As youth workers, we certainly have our work cut out for us. By defining the what, how, and why of living ON MISSION we can begin to transform ourselves and our students. Read more at CE National’s ON MISSION Insights.

Free Download From Momentum Guest Jackie Hill Perry

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Momentum Youth Conference 2015 speaker, Jackie Hill Perry is a spoken word poet who has an incredible testimony to share. Growing up, Jackie was molested by a family friend, bullied in school, and fatherless, which, accompanied with a inherent separation from God, led her into a lifestyle of rebellion, homosexuality, drug use, porn addiction, and everything wicked. Yet, she was loved and desired by a God who predestined her to know Him. Read more on humblebeast.com…

Check out Jackie Hill Perry’s work before seeing her live at Momentum Youth Conference by getting this free download of her album, The Art of Joy.

Apply For City Life – Two Weeks of Summer Ministry

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The 2014 City Life Team

CE National has always been interested in offering a variety of ministry opportunities for students that know Jesus and want to grow in their walk with Him. Three years ago, City Life was launched with the concept of 15 days of “hands on” ministry in major inner-city locations. City Life teams began on the East Coast, focusing on Washington DC, New York City, and Philadelphia.  Last year, we launched our first West Coast City Life team which ministered in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. We are pleased that in 2015, teams on both the East and West coast are being planned!

City Life has many of the ministry equipping aspects of our Operation Barnabas teams, but does not include programming and is a shorter time period. Some students find the two week length of time more doable with other summer activities, while still getting opportunities for ministry training.

Travis Smith, director of student ministries at Grace Fellowship in Pickerington, Ohio, had one of his students attend City Life in 2014. Travis says, “When students participate in City Life they are taught how to carry the gospel to a variety of different cultures. They learn the value of Christ’s mission and how to practice it, both in their daily lives and in their testimony. City Life provides them with the tools and experience in how to practically share the Word, and how to use their actions to change the world.”

Any high school student, including those just entering 9th grade, is eligible for City Life.

The planned dates for City Life 2015 are June 23 – July 7, which will begin with a brief orientation.  The West Coast team orientation is in Norwalk, California, and the East Coast starts in Lititz, Pennsylvania. The cost for City Life is projected to be around $1100.  Students will also need to fund their transportation to the orientation location and back home after tour.

Applications for City Life are available here.