Momentum Youth Conference Registration Opens Feb. 1

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As registration for Momentum gears up to open next week, take a look at this guide on how to register. Many of you have registered for Momentum many times and some of you are registering your group for the first time this year. All of you are new to some additions to our registration this year.

In order to continue streamlining the registration process for our attendees, we’ve made some additions like a “family account” to the registration system. This guide will help you to navigate registration. Additionally, you can join us Monday at 9:30 a.m. EST on Facebook Live as we show a “how-to” for the new registration system. Don’t miss out, come and ask questions about registration or anything Momentum related.

Now is the Time to Apply for Operation Barnabas

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Now is the Time…

for high school students to apply for Operation Barnabas! The application deadline for this summer’s Operation Barnabas team is Tuesday, January 31!

Operation Barnabas is for 10th – 12th grade students who want to:
Experience God in a fresh way & grow in their walk with Christ
Learn how to talk with people about Jesus
Meet physical and spiritual needs through ministry in cities, churches, and communities
Develop Godly character
Build relationships through discipleship
Serve the poor and overlooked
Take valuable, practical training back home!

Operation Barnabas 2017 begins June 18 and will conclude July 11. Information about OB in general and the 2017 tours, including leaders, tour locations, and cost is located here.

You can also access the OB application and reference forms here.

All OB application paperwork is due January 31, 2017, so now is the time for students to apply!

If you have further questions, please be in touch with Sherilyn at 574.267.6622 or obmail@cenational.org.

Pastorpedia Live – The Elephant in the Room: A Pastoral Approach to Congregant Guilt – Bob Lehman

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Working effectively with congregational guilt is a perplexing challenge for many local church ministries.  The unpredictable nature of guilt, along with its collateral effects on spirituality, personal relationships, and mental and emotional well-being, present a formidable challenge to any church leader.  Dr. Lehman will attempt to clarify the underlying dynamics of guilt, provide a greater understanding of the role that the conscience plays, and suggest some effective Bible-based approaches to help believers who struggle in this area.

Robert D. Lehman received a master of divinity degree from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, a master of arts degree in counseling from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D. in counseling and human development from the University of Iowa.

He served on the pastoral staff of West Park Baptist Church in London, Ontario, from 1984 to 1996.  During those years he counseled thousands of hours at the church’s counseling center.  Since 1996 he has been a professor of biblical counseling at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

This Pastorpedia Live event is February 8, 2017, from 10 am until 3 pm. Doors open at 9:30. The cost is $33 per person.  If 2 register from the same church, the 3rd comes free. Registration and more information is available here.

Contact Lois at lois@cenational.org or 574.267.6622 with questions.

Discouragement in the Ministry – Pastorpedia

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Pastors Knute Larson, Jeff Bogue, and Jim Brown discuss how to deal with discouragement in church ministry. Knute explains:

Pastoring is not all fun and games, for any of us. And for many, there are too many pains, if you ask me.

While a few may be self-inflicted, many are caused by the selfishness or meanness of church members.  Others are the result of unfulfilled expectations or dreams that died.

Some are peculiar to the ministry, but many are felt by the managers of the local McDonald’s restaurants also.

What shall we do, for prevention and cure?  And where is Jesus in all this?

The question “Why?” has the largest question mark in the world next to it.

Often there is no answer.   The earth groans, for sure.   We all await The Day when everything will be different; when our Lord returns to this Place.

In the meantime, what can we do for ourselves and our friends who are pastors?  What brings preventative spiritual and mental health?

The three of us can say what has helped us, and also offer more thoughts one-on-one if you please.

We write with a sense of camaraderie and strong feelings.

Seeking joy,

Knute, with Jeff and Jim

Read, watch, and listen to this issue.

Pastorpedia is a ministry of CE National, a church effectiveness ministry. To receive an email when each Pastorpedia video is available, signup for ON MISSION Insights at cenational.org/omi_signup.

The three experienced pastors in these videos are: Jeff Bogue, of Grace Church, in several locations in the greater-Akron area 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.

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Ed Short, CE National church consultant, is available to help you launch your ministry into a more thriving atmosphere.  Visit cenational.org/candc to find out more.

Join the California Youth Ministry Round Table

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The Youth Ministry Round Table is an informal, regional sharing/teaching event to bring youth workers together to share ideas with each other and hear stories of how God is working in youth ministries. The event is February 2 at Norwalk Grace Brethren Church, 11005 Foster Rd, Norwalk, CA. It begins at 6:30 pm and will conclude by about 9 pm.

This time is for YOU. It is for youth workers—paid, volunteer, interns, full-time and part-time. Please feel free to invite other youth workers in your area who would benefit from this kind of interaction. Each round table will have…

  • a brief motivational talk by the discussion leader on the importance of ministries to youth.
  • people sharing what is happening in their ministries and what is working and not working.
  • discussions could include topics such as curriculum, calendar planning, working with parents, fundraising, when to divide a youth ministry and much more.

Cost is FREE. We may ask you to chip in on the cost of the pizza and drinks.

The discussion leader will be a staff member of CE National and we are there to get you connected with other youth workers and give you ideas and direction. Feel free to bring along materials and samples you could share with others.

Registration is free. Come and enjoy the time with others involved in youth ministry near you.

Please respond by emailing Lois at lois@cenational.org if you can attend. We’d like to know the name of the church you attend, a contact phone number, and names of any others who are attending with you.

Now is the Time to Apply for Operation Barnabas

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Now is the Time…

for high school students to apply for Operation Barnabas! The application deadline for this summer’s Operation Barnabas team is Tuesday, January 31!

Operation Barnabas is for 10th – 12th grade students who want to:
Experience God in a fresh way & grow in their walk with Christ
Learn how to talk with people about Jesus
Meet physical and spiritual needs through ministry in cities, churches, and communities
Develop Godly character
Build relationships through discipleship
Serve the poor and overlooked
Take valuable, practical training back home!

Operation Barnabas 2017 begins June 18 and will conclude July 11. Information about OB in general and the 2017 tours, including leaders, tour locations, and cost is located here.

You can also access the OB application and reference forms here.

All OB application paperwork is due January 31, 2017, so now is the time for students to apply!

If you have further questions, please be in touch with Sherilyn at 574.267.6622 or obmail@cenational.org.

Meet Mischelle Murillo — Momentum Youth Conference Intern

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Mischelle Murillo

Mischelle Murillo

With summer right around the corner and registration opening February 1, we are keeping busy in the Momentum Youth Conference office. We’re planning for a GREAT week at Indiana Wesleyan University, July 18-23.

We’ve recently hired our intern, Mischelle Murillo, who will be working with us on various aspects of Momentum now through August. We believe Mischelle will add a lot to our team in organization, creativity, passion for ministry, and helping us be a resource for churches. To help you get to know Mischelle our assistant coordinator, Erin, sat down with her and asked her a few questions:

Erin: Where are you from?
Mischelle: I’m originally from Mexico City, Mexico, were my dad was a pastor. My family has since moved to Indianapolis which is where I am from now. I am currently going to school at Grace College.

Erin: What are you studying in school?
Mischelle: I’m studying facility and event management with a minor in intercultural studies.

Erin: What are you most excited about as the intern for Momentum Youth Conference?
Mischelle: I’m most excited to be part of a team of people who put on such a great event, where many teens either rededicate their lives to Christ or fully give their lives to Christ.

Erin: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mischelle: Anything Chocolate

Erin: Where would you most like to travel to?
Mischelle: Israel, I want to walk where Jesus walked. ….also Spain.

Mischelle is a wonderful addition to our team and she’s ready to be a helpful resource to groups as they plan for the #bestweekofsummer! You can contact Mischelle at momentumintern@cenational.org or by calling CE National at 574-267-6622.

Register for Heritage – CE National’s One-day Event Featuring Cal Thomas

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CE National has invited Cal Thomas, award winning journalist and knowledgeable on current events from a biblical world-view, to speak at Heritage. Heritage is a one-day event taking place at the Shady Maple Smörgåsbord in East Earl, Pennsylvania, on April 28. Heritage is open to all ages. Church leadership is especially encouraged to come and bring along many from your congregation.

Cal Thomas will talk about what Americans are facing and how we as believers can live godly, influential lives. He will share how important it is that when we speak to those outside the church, we choose our words carefully so as not to close doors for sharing Christ. He will also talk about how we don’t just need to “be” Christians but we need to be “doing” things for Christ as well.

This exciting day will also feature the Men of Grace quartet from Telford, Pennsylvania. and Karen Knight, former actress at Sight and Sound Theater. Karen will portray Julia Ward Howe, author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Doors will open at 8:00 AM and the program will begin at 9:15 and end at 1:30. The famous Shady Maple Smörgåsbord lunch is included in the price of $30 per person. The day will end with putting together homeless packets to be taken to the Urban Hope Training Center ministry in Philadelphia. A $5 donation at the event is suggested to help cover the costs for the items in the packets.

An option is available to see the 3:00 showing of Jonah at Sight and Sound Theater in Strasburg (Lancaster County) that afternoon at a discounted price of an additional $54 per person. Group transportation will NOT be provided but directions will be available.

To register please go to cenational.org/heritage.

Urban Hope Helps to Re-open a Public School Library

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Kingdom Kids is Urban Hope Training Center’s outreach to children. Most of the kids who attend Kingdom Kids go to school at William Cramp Elementary. Over the years, Urban Hope staff have worked hard to have a positive presence in the school. Members of the Urban Hope staff met several times with Mrs. Deanda Logan, the school principal, asking if there was any way Urban Hope could support the students and teacher. They also worked hard to build trust in the community.

Three years ago Mrs. Logan told Amber Besson, Urban Hope’s children’s ministry director, that the school’s library had been closed for 5 years due to lack of funding. Urban Hope Community Church jumped on the project. Amber’s faithful attendance to Cramp community meetings, and the funding and painting of a 20′ x 25′ mural drew recognition and led up to the Songs and Storybooks Concert fundraiser that came to pass on Monday, January 16th.

The benefit brought together William Cramp Elementary School, Curtis Institute of Music, Urban Hope, and the community for an afternoon of songs and storybooks. There were performances by Curtis musicians and Cramp elementary students. All of the proceeds from the event went towards the revitalization of the Cramp school library that has been closed for 7 years.

Relive Momentum 2016 With Momentum “Rewind”

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It’s almost time to register for Momentum Youth Conference 2017! We’re looking forward to an amazing week at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, July 18-23. Can’t wait until July to relive the momentum? Take a look back at last year’s sessions and tracks and access discussion guides to “rewind” the week of Momentum 2016. You can see videos of main sessions from recent past years here.

As Momentum is a ministry of CE National, we provide these resources for the strengthening of follow-up in youth groups and churches to help with successful momentum throughout the year in the lives of youth and in their relationship to the Bible and as Christ Followers.

Books for the New Year from the CE National Lending Library

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How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth: A book by Gordon D. Fee
This book helps readers of all kinds get the most out of their Bible-reading experience. Changes to the new fourth edition include: updated language, new preface, redesigned and updated diagrams, an updated list of recommended commentaries and resources, and more.

Fear God and Keep His Commandments: A book by Tiberius Rata and Kevin Roberts
Solomon, the wisest man in history, was Israel’s third king. While his name does not appear as the author of Ecclesiastes, his fingerprints are all over the book. His words challenge and encourage the reader to live as if his or her time were short and to fear God in all things.

Find out more at cenational.org/library.

Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County, Maryland, Visits Urban Hope

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The Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia is thankful for the group of young adults who visited over the weekend (Jan. 6-9) from the Grace Brethren Church in Calvert County, Maryland. The group had great attitudes as they ministered under the EL (Elevated Train) and installed smoke detectors in wintry conditions.

Elisa said, “After this trip, I will no longer just go through the motions. I will see people and love people every chance that I get. Going to the store or getting food can be a chance to start a conversation and bless someone.”

If you want to know more about bringing your group to Urban Hope, visit urbanhope.net.

Operation Barnabas 2017 Tours Planned for Eastern and Central U.S.

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OB orientation will be in Winona Lake, Indiana

OB orientation will be in Winona Lake, Indiana

Operation Barnabas teams are coming together now with a number of interesting and exciting ministry stops planned for the summer of 2017! In 2016, Operation Barnabas was retooled, revamped, and reinvigorated. Orientation was streamlined, our tour length adjusted to three weeks, and an intentional curriculum on character development was emphasized.

Our students and leaders embraced these changes and OB has experienced a dynamic resurgence of energy and enthusiasm. We are excited for what is already planned for the tours of OB 2017! Ministry opportunities will be focused on the East Coast and Midwest and the two OB teams will be led by administrative leaders with much experience working with youth!

Christian McAllister

Christian McAllister

Christian McAllister, associate pastor at Palmyra Grace Brethren Church, and Timothy Kurtaneck (TK), Director of Operation Barnabas & Youth Leadership Training, will be serving as the team administrative leaders for 2017. Christian’s team is planned to include ministry stops in major East Coast cities, including Philadelphia and Urban Hope Training Center with participation at StreetWise youth conference. TK’s team will focus their ministry in the Midwest with partnerships at para-church organizations, church plants, and traditional church ministries. Orientation will begin in Winona Lake, Indiana, on June 18 with tours concluding on July 11.

Timothy Kurtaneck

Timothy Kurtaneck

Operation Barnabas remains committed to helping students learn ministry and how to share their faith in Jesus. Team members receive biblical training and practical ministry experience to better prepare them to make a positive impact in our culture by living ON MISSION.

If you know a high school student who loves Jesus, is involved in their local church, and ready to take the next step in their walk with the Lord, then OB is for them! You can find out all the details and applications at operationbarnabas.net. Applications are due January 31!

OnTrack Devotions-A Great Way To Start the New Year

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OnTrack Devotions

Pilgrimage Educational Resources has partnered with CE National to promote OnTrack Devotions. OTD is a daily devotional tool available in booklet format designed to build the skill and discipline of effective daily Bible Study. Each month includes both prayer list and commitment pages designed to add context to personal Bible study and to facilitate small group accountability.

Watch Ben Wilhite talk about OnTrack Devotions. Visit cenational.org/otd to purchase.

Ed Short–Ministry Consultant for CE National

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Ed Short

Ed Short

Ed Short serves as the primary ministry consultant and coach for CE National. Ed is currently pastoring and has pastored five previous ministries. He is trained in developing strategies for church growth and vitality through the Sonlife Ministry philosophy. Ed has previously served as an advanced trainer for SonLife Ministries. He has seen churches grow through a prayerful plan of reaching lost individuals, teaching Christ-followers to understand who Christ is and what He wants to do in and through their lives, coaching Christ-followers to effectively minister and reach out to lost individuals and developing leaders to oversee and expand the ministry. Visit cenational.org/CandC to find out more.

Tony Livigni to Speak During TNI’s Youth Emphasis Week

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Tony with his wife, Jessica

Tony with his wife, Jessica

Each year, The National Institute, the youth ministry major of Grace College overseen by CE National, hosts a week of chapels for the campus. TNI is pleased to announce that the 2017 Youth Emphasis Week is being held February 8-10. This year’s guest chapel speaker is Tony Livigni. Tony is an Operation Barnabas and Operation Barnabas leader alum, and currently the Medina East campus pastor of the Grace Church of Greater Akron in Ohio.

No newcomer to ministry, Tony oversaw New Perspective, the collegiate and youth adult ministry of Grace Church. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Tony is married to Jessica and they have two children.

Jeremy Byng, an OB alum, a TNI graduate, and currently the worship pastor at Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana, will lead worship for chapel each day. Jeremy is a frequent worship leader for TNI events and has led worship for the Momentum Youth Conference. Jeremy is married to Ginger and they have three children.

For more about information regarding TNI, please visit www.thenationalinstitute.net. If you have questions or are interested in more information about TNI’s 2017 Youth Emphasis Week, please contact Judy at judy@cenational.org.

Sean McDowell to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference

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Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a biblical worldview. Sean is an assistant professor in the Christian apologetics program at Biola University and he is the Resident Scholar for Summit California.

Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. The Association of Christian Schools International awarded Exemplary Status to his apologetics training. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double master’s degree in theology and philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.

Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. Sean has been quoted in many publications, including the New York Times. To see more about Sean McDowell, visit his website at seanmcdowell.org.

Sean McDowell has spoken on the Momentum Youth Conference main stage a few times in recent years as he continues to challenge our students to view life and hot button issues through the lense of the Bible.

Registration for Momentum Youth Conference opens February 1.

Help Urban Hope’s Kingdom Kids

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Kingdom Kids is Urban Hope’s main outreach to kids in the community throughout the year. 100+ kids come out each week to be a part of this “church” for kids. Block Captains from Urban Hope Community Church oversee one to three blocks of a street where they pick up kids for the hour-long program each week. Kids come to play games, memorize Bible verses, rap biblical truth, sing worship songs, learn Bible stories, and talk and pray in small groups about what they learned. The main goal of Kingdom Kids is to challenge children to commit their lives to Jesus Christ.

How can your church come to serve?

Kingdom Kids is in need of groups of 20-30 people each Sunday. This is an example schedule for any team who visits.

2:00 – Visiting teams arrive for a brief orientation
2:30 – Leave with Urban Hope Block Captains to pick up kids.
3:30-4:30 – Help during the program by sitting with the kids in their squares
4:30-5:00 – Walk kids home with Block Captains
5:00-5:30 – Debrief with Block Captains and learn how to reach kids in your own community

Which dates are still available?

March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 30
May 7, 14, 21
June 4, 11

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions please contact Amber Besson, children’s ministry director at Urban Hope at amberbesson@urbanhope.net.

Operation Barnabas Planning in Full Swing

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Operation Barnabas planning for this summer is in full swing and now is the time for high school students to apply for a spot on OB in 2017!

From June 18 – July 11, two Operation Barnabas teams will be ministering in the Midwest and East Coast after starting with orientation in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Team members receive biblical training and practical ministry experience to better prepare them to make a positive impact in our culture by living ON MISSION. Character development, leadership training, personal discipleship, evangelism training and experience, and serving others are all part of an Operation Barnabas tour.

If you know a high school student who loves Jesus, is involved in their local church, and ready to take the next step in their walk with the Lord, then OB is for them!

Space on the teams is limited so interested students should apply by January 31. You can find out all the details and applications at operationbarnabas.net.