New Resources in the CE National Lending Library

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A DVD by Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel

What are the essentials of leadership? What are those building blocks that enable the greatest growth, expansion of influence, and create the spark to move a vision forward?
In this 4 DVD set, Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel share their experiences in leading highly effective ministries and point us to those essentials on which to build our leadership.

Manhood Restored: How the gospel makes men whole
A book by Eric Mason

The earthly crisis within manhood will remain until Jesus returns, but in Christ a man is pointed toward the gospel as the vision for renewal. Manhood Restored, by exciting new pastoral voice Eric Mason, combines theological depth with practical insight, putting men in step with a gospel-centered manhood that will enrich every facet of their lives.

God is Really, Really Real
A book for kids by Jeff Davenport

Guide your children in establishing a foundation of biblical truth, helping them understand what God has in store for them from His Word! You will help plant biblical truth into the minds of your children, while prayerfully waiting for the day God reveals it to their hearts!

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

December OnTrack Devotions Covers Galatians Through Colossians

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2015_nov_27_ontrackIn December, OnTrack Devotions dig into a set of Paul’s letters to churches across Asia minor: In Galatia, Ephesus, Phillipi and Colossi. In each of these letters, Paul exhibits a shepherd’s heart for the local church and God’s people. Generally, he sets the foundation of each letter in a powerful prayer. Paul then goes on to engage the spiritual foundations.

Beau Stanley of Grace Polaris, Columbus, Ohio, Honored with Equipping Biblical Leadership Award

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Beau Stanley

Beau Stanley

Not just “teaching” in the local church but training others with the skills of ministry, Beau Stanley has the mark of an “equipper”!

The purpose of CE National is to be a catalyst for all believers to be trained and mobilized to be ON MISSION. This is done by: impacting the rising generation, reaching neglected people, and equipping biblical leadership.

A Special Time of Year

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We are blessed. There is no doubt about that. Blessed in so many different ways. We should take the time to count those many blessings–naming them, as the songwriter suggested, “one by one.”

We have the privilege in our country to have a national holiday where we can take time to remember and express our thankfulness for all that we have. Yes, as followers of Jesus, we are always able to express our gratitude to the Lord, but it is a special joy to be able to set aside a special time of the year to reflect on His goodness to us.

Paul said in Philippians 1, that he “thanked His God upon every remembrance of you.” It is appropriate for us at CE National, whether in the home office in Winona Lake, Indiana, or in the East office in Philadelphia, to say that we thank God for every remembrance we have of you.

Thank you for your partnership in ministry. Thank you for being a prayer partner with CE. Thank you for financially supporting this Church Effectiveness ministry. This ministry, humanly speaking, only exists because of you.

“We thank God upon every remembrance of you.” May God continue to use and bless you and yours for His glory as you seek to live ON MISSION for Him. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful for Over 300 Families Touched at Urban Hope

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Meals ready to distribute

Meals ready to distribute

One of the largest events of the year at the Urban Hope Training Center is the Thanksgiving meal outreach. We are pleased to report that due to God’s blessings and the generosity of many churches and individuals we have reached our goal of feeding and ministering to over 300 families through this event! Praise the Lord for the opportunity to feed people and also share with them the hope that is only found in Jesus. That is truly something for which to be thankful!

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See more pictures of the meal distribution on the Urban Hope Facebook page.

Couples Honored for Reaching Neglected People

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Mike and Myra Taylor and the Jeffries Family
The purpose of CE National is to be a catalyst for all believers to be trained and mobilized to be ON MISSION. This is done by: Impacting the rising generation, reaching neglected people, and equipping biblical leadership.

As part of CE National Honors, CE National would like to recognize two couples who are involved in reaching neglected people.

Mike and Myra Taylor with Three Strands

The Taylors, through medical missions in the middle of Africa and Haiti, are making a physical and spiritual difference

Skip and Kerry Jeffries – Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa.

Youth workers, missionaries, and servants, the Jeffries are making a difference in their local church, regionally, and around the world.

Teams from Pennsylvania and Maryland Visit Urban Hope

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Two teams visited Urban Hope the weekend of November 6th – 8th. Grace Community Church of Frederick, Maryland, and Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church from Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, brought 13 people each.

Even though the people in the two churches didn’t know each other, the groups grew together through the shared experiences at Urban Hope.

The groups had the opportunity to share their faith through a prayer walk, by installing smoke detectors, feeding the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless, and serving at Mifflin Park in the south east Asian neighborhood.

Here are some written testimonies:

Audrey Poffenburger: “God showed me that there was nothing to be afraid of, that He’s always with me wherever I go.”
Maggie Zhu: “You have to take the initiative to talk to people because you never know who will be blessed by you talking to them (and usually they’re really nice).”
Kenzie Tredway: “God really brought to my attention that I don’t have an open heart. After this weekend, I realize I need to work on being more sensitive to lost people.”
Christiana Rapp: “All people need the hope that God offers; I should not be afraid to speak up because what God offers is all good and the best alternative given to all the different colors of this world.”
Gloria Miller: “I became more comfortable with talking to the homeless and different ethnic groups and discussing with them about religion.”
Bailey Sullivan: “It confirmed my calling to be a missionary in faraway places. I learned that I have insane compassion for people.”
Andrew Meyers: “God opened me up more and made me more comfortable and relaxed around others. God helped me with my trust issues and made me trust others.”

Visit urbanhope.net to find out more about bringing your group to Urban Hope.

Pack Your Bags for Summer Ministry!

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Pack Your Bags for Summer Ministry!

Follow Operation Barnabas on Instagram at operationbarnabas_ce and Twitter at OB__CE

Now is the perfect time for high school students to think about next summer and consider applying for Operation Barnabas 2016! At some point during high school, CE National encourages every student to consider spending part of one summer on some type of ministry training experience. Operation Barnabas provides strong teaching on a wide variety of biblical topics and many “hands on” opportunities to serve others.

To find out more about Operation Barnabas 2016 and download an application, visit operationbarnabas.net.

The Benefits of Bible Quizzing

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Quizzing during national competition at Momentum Youth Conference

Quizzing during national competition at Momentum Youth Conference

Bible Quizzing a great way to get students studying and memorizing God’s Word in a fun way. For those students who have a bit of the competitive “gene” Bible Quizzing is a great outlet for those energies.

There are many benefits for those who participate in the Bible Quizzing program. First and foremost is the opportunity to memorize God’s Word. Bible quizzing is a fun way to learn the verses. Second is the teamwork involved to learn and compete together. Third is the fellowship of students as they spend time practicing and quizzing with other teams. Another important aspect of Bible Quizzing is the mentoring that takes place between the coach and the team. It is an awesome opportunity for a coach to pour into the lives of each quizzer in a personal and spiritual way.

There may be someone in your church, or maybe you, who wants to influence students in positive ways. Bible Quizzing gives you that opportunity.

If you are looking for something that will impact students for the rest of their lives, consider adding a Bible Quizzing program to your youth ministry. There are also Junior Bible Quizzing programs as well that cover less material.

For information on Bible quizzing for junior and senior high school students, please visit cenational.org/quizinfo for the rules and information on getting a program started. If you have questions, please contact Lois at lois@cenational.org or call 574.267.6622.

CE National Fall Board Meetings Held in Philadelphia

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The CE National Board of Directors and Executive Staff Front row: Jason Holt (executive staff), Steve Peters, Jon Rauch, Timothy Lansing, Joel Hawthorne, Ed Lewis (executive director), Brad Deetscreek. Top row: Ed Short (executive staff), Jesse DeBoest (executive staff), Dave Smith, Dave Knepper, Donna Yost, Shannon Hollinger, Timothy Kurtaneck (executive staff)

Many thanks to all who prayed for the Fall CE National board meetings that were held at the Urban Hope Training Center this past weekend, November 13-14. There was a great spirit amongst the Board of Directors and it was a profitable time hearing reports, evaluating current ministries, and planning for the future. Highlights of the weekend included:

  • A dinner where the members was able to spend time with and hear testimonies from the Urban Hope Training Center team
  • A visit to Mifflin Park, a ministry site in south Philly
  • Real Philly cheesesteaks!
  • A visit to Grace House in Harrisburg
  • The dedication of the Balmer Building
  • A dinner honoring Steve and Sue Peters for Steve’s service as a CE National Board Member for 27 years.

Elected as executive board members, the new president is Jon Rauch (Goshen, Ind.), vice president is Dave Knepper (York, Pa.), secretary is Brad Deetscreek (Akron, Ohio) and member-at-large is Donna Yost (Wooster, Ohio).

We are grateful for the investment of time and energy of the entire Board of Directors who pray, support, encourage, and give direction to this Church Effectiveness ministry!

LGBT Issue and the Church – Does God Know What is Going On Here?

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Knute Larson introduces this month’s Pastorpedia:

People wonder at times—we all do. And it is not an act of infidelity to question God or be angry and frustrated about what is happening around here.

But at times we need to say to ourselves and also from the pulpit, that the Bible commands us to be at peace, to trust God, to honor His sovereign rule over the affairs of people and nations—these were all written when times were even worse.

The Apostle Paul was clear to the Romans that they should obey the authorities—the infidel Nero was one of their leaders—and be aware that creation groans loudly, and put their hope in the Lord and His ways.

Peter does the same in his first Letter.

As one of us will say here, God did not call us to save the culture, or even colonize ourselves as separatists, but to be salt and light and to love.

And to hope. And to model how life can make the best sense, and how relationships can be pure and trustworthy.

He does know what is happening here, and we know how we should live.

Wishing you the best, and knowing it is coming,

Knute, for Jeff and Jim
For CE National

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CE National Dedicates Urban Hope’s Balmer Building

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What a special day!  This past Sunday, the Balmer Building was dedicated to the Lord as a ministry site at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia.  Over the past year, the complete transformation of the building at the corner of A and Tioga Streets was accomplished. This facility will be used for housing the Grace College students majoring in urban ministry (SUM) who serve a nine month internship at Urban Hope for their senior year.  The site also serves as housing for ministry teams, and has meeting rooms that are able to be used by the Urban Hope Community Church.

Special parts of the dedication service included:

  • A testimony by Henry “Rocky” Santiago. (watch his testimony here)
  • The presentation of a bronze plaque of Ken and Ruth Balmer.
  • Sharing from Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana.
  • A spiritual challenge by Ed Lewis, CE National executive director. There were salvation decisions and re-dedication decisions too!
  • The prayer of dedication led by the new CE National Board of Directors president (and former UHTC director) Jon Rauch.
  • The entire morning was capped off with a wonderful Puerto Rican dinner!

We praise the Lord for the completion of this project that will be used to train more individuals in what it means to live ON MISSION for the glory of the Lord!

To see a copy of the dedication publication, click here.
To keep up with UHTC, “like” the Urban Hope Facebook page.

Ken and Ruth Balmer during the dedication

Ken and Ruth Balmer during the dedication

Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National, shares during the dedication

Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National, shares during the dedication

Testimonies were shared from people at Urban Hope

Testimonies were shared from people at Urban Hope

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace Schools, shared during the dedication.

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace Schools, shared during the dedication.

Dennis Boyd, with his wife, Cathy. Dennis was project manager on the renovation and did much of the work himself

Dennis Boyd, with his wife, Cathy. Dennis was project manager on the renovation and did much of the work himself

Ed Lewis thanks the Balmers for their love and service to the Lord.

Ed Lewis thanks the Balmers for their love and service to the Lord.

See more pictures on the CE National Facebook page.

The Secret Sauce to Youth Ministry

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By Dan Cosentino, youth pastor at Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana.

I taught a youth ministry class (The National Institute) at Grace College concerning foundational principles within youth ministry. The goal was to help the students understand practically and pragmatically how to run a youth ministry.

I had the opportunity to share with them the secret sauce to our youth ministry. We measure how well we are doing in our youth ministry against the 5 W’s.

A youth ministry should focus on:

  1. Welcoming others – This is the #1 reason why people remain at a church
  2. Worship – Help others see that God is working daily in their lives
  3. Witnessing to others – Focus on reaching out to unsaved people
  4. Word – A time to study and be sharpened by God’s Word
  5. Walk – Accountability and sharpening by others

Read the rest on Dan’s blog.

Jeff Arthurs Pastorpedia Live Videos Available

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Jeff Arthurs speaking during Pastorpedia Live

Jeff speaking during Pastorpedia Live

The November 4 Pastorpedia Live videos of Jeff Arthurs are now online here. Jeff’s topic was freshness and creativity in preaching.

The next Pastorpedia Live will be March 9, 2015, when Knute Larson will talk about assimilation and groups in the church. Visit mypastorpedia.com to find out more and to register.

CE National Faithfulness Award – Tammy Hanna

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Tammy Hanna

Each year CE National honors faithful servants for the cause of Christ. We’ll be introducing the winners over the next several weeks. Thanks to these who have served others so faithfully in the name of Jesus!

Tammy Hanna was a faithful servant of the Lord at the Pike Grace Brethren Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  From 2000 until the Lord took her home, Tammy was a faithful worker in the church youth ministry.  Along with her ministry to youth, Tammy was a faithful prayer warrior and devoted friend to her local church leadership.  Thank you, Tammy, for being a wonderful example of one who served the Lord and made a difference in the lives of others! Watch her video here.

Subscribe to the CE National YouTube Channel

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Subscribe to the CE National YouTube Channel
The CE National YouTube channel is where you’ll find a wealth of videos for pastors and volunteer leaders in the church. The channel is where Pastorpedia and Pastorpedia Live videos are stored. You’ll also find Momentum highlight and speaker videos. More videos are being uploaded on a regular basis. Visit youtube.com/cenational and subscribe.

CE National Board of Directors Meets at Urban Hope

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Please join us in praying for the Fall CE National board meetings which are being held this week at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia. Meetings convene on Friday morning and continue through the dedication of the Balmer Building on Sunday morning at 10:30 am. Highlights of the meetings include the dedication, dinner with the Urban Hope Training Center staff, and visitation to future ministry site locations. Please pray for a good time of planning, evaluation, and vision for the future!

Giving Thanks! Urban Hope Thanksgiving Offering

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Putting last year’s meals together

One of the largest events of the year at the Urban Hope Training Center is the Thanksgiving meal outreach. We are pleased to report that due to God’s blessings and the generosity of many churches and individuals we have reached our goal of feeding and ministering to 300 families through this event! Praise the Lord for the opportunity to feed people and also share with them the hope that is only found in Jesus. That is truly something for which to be thankful! Prayer is appreciated for this outreach event that will occur in Kensington November 20-21.

Financial gifts have been given for this outreach event in honor or memory of specific individuals:

In honor of:

Jim and Darlene Fringer in honor of Joe and Joyce Fringer and Norris and Betsy Godwin
Paul Mutchler in honor of Linda Mutchler
Don and Connie Gregory in honor of Vahe and Hazel Geukgeuzian
Robert W. Lucas in honor of Bill and Marilyn Moir
Pete and Mary Fox in honor of Karl and Colene VonBerg
Rick Daam in honor of Ken and Ruth Balmer
Victor Wyman in honor of Hilda Wyman
Alice and Roy Kotzatoski in honor of Amber and Matt Besson
Mark Saunders in honor of Bobbie Saunders

In menory of:

LeeVon, Jenn and Georgia Martin in memory of Donald and Verna Henning
Kerry Mason in memory of Kristy Campbell

Momentum 2016 — Yours

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Momentum Youth Conference 2016

2015_nov_13_mo_thumbprintBut you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9

Who are you? What is your purpose?
What defines you?

How you answer these questions really affects every area of your life. These answers help decide your relationships, your actions, your absolutes, and your future. In a culture and time where you can be who you want to be, it’s important to understand where your identity comes from.

At Momentum Youth Conference 2016, we’ll explore what is means to find your identity in Christ and we’ll help students understand what the implications are of being a child of God.

Dedication of Urban Hope’s Balmer Building

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Grace College and CE National are partnering together to present a nine-month inter-cultural field experience internship called the Studies in Urban Ministry (SUM). Based in urban Philadelphia, real world, every day ministry becomes the classroom as students journey through various cities throughout the northeast region during the program.

For the past several months, a building adjacent to Urban Hope has been renovated to house students during their SUM program stay.
On November 15th a special dedication service will be held at 10:30 am followed by lunch and a tour of the new facilities. During the service Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary, will speak, as well as people from Urban Hope.

The new three story building is dedicated to the honor of the Lord but named the Balmer Building to thank Ken and Ruth Balmer for their love and faithfulness to the Lord and to CE National. Several CE National board members will be there and friends are invited to this special event.