How to Have the Best Week of the Summer at Momentum Youth Conference

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One of those fun things on campus in Momentum Youth Conference’s Afternoon Big Events open to all students and NEW to Momentum this year is the Indy 500. Teams of two (one steering and one pushing) race a Billy Cart (pictured above) along a track competing against other teams for the fastest time.

Does your team have what it takes to be the winner of this epic race?

Other events we will be announcing more information about soon include Archery Tag, The Amazing Race, 5K Obstacle course, and more! Momentum also features sports tournaments, art classes, Momentum’s Got Talent, open play games, and service opportunities each afternoon!

Visit buildmomentum.org to find out all the details and register.

New Books in the CE National Lending Library

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A Simple Change – Judith Miller
“When unforeseen circumstances drive Jancey Rhoder to move to the Amana Colonies, she’ll be forced to reconsider everything she wanted out of life–and love”

Identity Unknown – Terri Reed
Canadian Border Services officer Nathanial Longhorn washes up on the shores of Calico Bay with no memory of who he is. It is clear to deputy Audrey Martin that he needs to be protected from the people trying to kill him. As his memories start slowly coming back, Nathanial and Audrey work together to uncover who wants him dead and why.

Blindsided – Katy Lee
Veronica Spencer is kidnapped when she discovers stolen cars in a garage on her race track. Undercover FBI agent Ethan Gunn knows she is innocent even though the FBI says she is involved in the crime. Refusing to watch her die, Ethan risks everything to keep her safe and clear her name.

Visit cenational.org/library to see these titles and more…

Urban Hope Carnival Spring Carnival a Success!

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Last weekend was the annual Urban Hope Spring Carnival. The street in front of Urban Hope was closed off to make room for rides, games, prizes, entertainment and the hope of Jesus. Special thanks to all the community partners and Chris Maragos and Jordan Matthews of the Philadelphia Eagles for spending the day with Urban Hope!

Praise God for at least 10 adult first-time visitors to the Urban Hope Community Church Sunday Celebration Service the day after the carnival.

Watch the highlight video

TNI Youth Ministry Student Recognized by Grace College with Special Award

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Spencer Roberts

Spencer Roberts

Spencer Roberts, a sophomore at Grace majoring in youth ministries and biblical studies, was named Applied Learning Student of the Year for his work at Centerville United Methodist Church (UMC) in Centerville, Ohio. Roberts was honored for his exemplary work with an engraved glass award and a $250 monetary prize.

During his applied learning experience, Roberts contributed heavily to Centerville UMC’s TEAMeffort, a youth mission organization that hosts youth groups at construction camps across the country. As camp counselor, Roberts led devotions with students, played in the worship band and helped lead chapel each night.

“Winning the award was unexpected to say the least. I am incredibly humbled by this recognition,” said Roberts. “I take pride in the work I do and I’m very appreciative that Grace would acknowledge my time and energy at TEAMeffort in this way. To know that I made a lasting impact at the church is humbling and exciting.”

After college, Roberts plans to direct his passions into full-time youth ministry at a local church. Roberts said, “I want to spend my live investing in youth and giving them a fuller understanding of and love for Christ. My applied learning experience has prepared me for that.”

The National Institute, the youth ministry major of Grace College overseen by CE National, is proud of Spencer and the contributions he has made in the lives of the next generation. Timothy Kurtaneck, the Director of the TNI program said, “Spencer is well deserving of this kind of recognition. He loves God and serves others well. While his future is bright with the impact he will have serving students and their families, he already is making a difference in the way that he is investing his life for the cause of Christ. We are proud of Spencer and are grateful for his part in our program and in the way he continues to put others before himself.”

Congratulations, Spencer, on this well deserved award!

2017 Operation Barnabas Atlantic Team Leaders Announced

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The Operation Barnabas 2017 Atlantic Team leaders have been announced.

Timothy Kurtaneck, the Director of Operation Barnabas, said, “I am thrilled to have this quality group of experienced adult leaders on our roster for 2017!  I believe they will have significant  impact and make an incredible difference in the lives of their team members for the cause of Christ that will go far beyond just this summer.  I am confident God is going to use them in big ways.” See pictures and read the bios of the Atlantic Team leaders.

Please be in prayer for these adults, as well as the adult leaders of the Hoosier Team as they prepare spiritually as well as work through all of the logistics for their summer tours.

Experience Ministry at Urban Hope With Other Like-minded Women

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Join women from all over the country from May 5 – 7, 2017, for this life-changing weekend of learning about other cultures. Awakened attendees will stay in a Latino neighborhood of Philadelphia and serve women in the areas around the Urban Hope Training Center and Community Church. They’ll also minister to the homeless in the heart of one of our nation’s largest and poorest cities by putting together packages and handing them out to homeless people. The weekend will culminate with a service project of preparing a special dinner and “spa” time for women from the community. Find out more and register.

A Very High Privilege Indeed!

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Knute Larson, Jeff Bogue, and Jim Brown talk about what it means to “Preach the Word.”

Read, watch, and listen to this issue.

Very few people stand up in a meeting and tell their friends what they should believe, or how they should live, or why they should feel a certain way.

But that is what we pastors do quite regularly.

We had better have a good reason and source for doing this. Like, a Word from the Creator of this whole thing called life.

And the good news is, we have it–the same Scriptures from which our Lord Jesus taught, with the addition of the New Testament added to the Old, and all about Him.

Why would we substitute our own human thoughts for God’s, as a basis for our sermons?

Why would we read some verses and dive into our humanistic philosophies that prove to be interesting or entertaining or popular, but that do not preach and expose the Word from above?

“Preach the Word,” the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy and to us (II Tim. 4:2).

This month we own up to that, reaffirm it, urge the most popular preacher in America to change his ways, and add some practical thoughts on being creative in our serious attempts to get people to receive and practice the Word.

To adjust what they believe, change the way they live, and worship and rejoice because of the way they feel in response.

Seriously, because of the high privilege,

Knute, for Jeff and Jim

Read, watch, and listen to this issue.

Pastorpedia is a ministry of CE National, a church effectiveness ministry. Please contact us if we may be of any help to you or your ministry!

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.

Back By Popular Demand – Momentum 5K with Obstacles

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Over the past few years Momentum Youth Conference has featured a 5K walk/run during the week and this year will be no different! Past 5K’s offered included the Color Run and the Donut Dash (pictured above). Now, back by popular demand, get ready for Momentum 2017’s 5K walk/run which will feature obstacles.

Mimicking other popular obstacle based runs (pictured below) like the Warrior Dash and the Tough Mudder, Momentum’s Obstacle Course will feature great challenges and a fun afternoon!  Whether you’re a walker, runner, or observer, plan to join us!

The 5K is a part of our Afternoon Big Events that are open to all students. Other events that we will be announcing more information about soon include Archery Tag, Indy 500 Cart Race, The Amazing Race, and more!

Ready to be a part of the #bestweekofsummer? Claim your spot now by registering at buildmomentum.org. Get the current rate by registering and paying your $75 deposit by April 30. Visit buildmomentum.org for all the details.

2017 Operation Barnabas Hoosier Team Leaders Announced

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The Operation Barnabas 2017 Hoosier Team leaders have been announced.

Timothy Kurtaneck, Director of Operation Barnabas and Administrative leader for the Hoosier Team said, “I am glad to have this team of adults working with me this summer!  They have a great deal of experience in ministry and with students of the next generation.  Our team will have many exciting opportunities to serve, including time at churches and para-church organizations.  We would appreciate your prayers for our OB leadership team as we prepare spiritually as well as work through the many logistics that are a part of an Operation Barnabas tour.” Read their bios and see pictures…

Urban Hope Spring Carnival Weekend is This Weekend

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Every year the street in front of Urban Hope is closed off to make room for the Spring Carnival. The entire neighborhood around Urban Hope is invited for games, prizes, entertainment, and to hear the hope of Jesus. This year’s event will take place April 22-23 with Philadelphia Eagles football players who are following Jesus coming to share their testimonies.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will work among everyone who attends. Watch the promo video

CE National Hosts Regional Youth Worker Round Tables

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CE National is hosting several regional Youth Worker Round Tables. The first Round Table was held on Thursday evening, February 2nd, at the Norwalk Grace Brethren Church in Southern California with Ed Lewis and TK (Timothy Kurtaneck). At the event 14 people met for a great time of sharing and interaction.

A youth worker round table is an informal time to bring youth workers together to share ideas, hear stories of how God is moving in youth ministries, talk about what is working, or not working, and have a brief time of motivation.

It is an event for ALL youth workers whether paid, volunteer, part-time, full-time, or interns. Invite those who are in your community network since all can benefit from this kind of interaction.

You can register for an event by emailing the noted address below with your name, church, contact number/email and the number that will be in your group, and please note which event you will be attending.

The last scheduled event so far is:

April 27: Ed, Jason, and TK will host an event at the Waynesboro Grace Brethren Church from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 250 Philadelphia Ave. Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, with Ed Lewis and Jason Holt. Pizza will be ordered and we’re asking attendees to help with the cost. Register by emailing cenational@cenational.org. Please mention that you’ll be attending the Waynesboro event.

Registration for these events is free, but you may be asked to pitch in on pizza or purchase items at your expense, depending on where/when the event is held.

Easter – The Comeback

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Easter is all about the most amazing comeback that has ever been seen. It is one thing for a baseball team to make a comeback after being down 4 runs in the ninth inning. It’s one thing for a business to make a comeback after a long decline and the loss of tons of money. But, the kind of comeback we love to see is a personal comeback… a comeback where a person’s life has turned around in an extraordinary way. I am not talking about a second chance, but rather a complete restart.

That restart is possible because of Jesus’ “comeback” from the dead! Think about that for a moment. Sadly, most of us have become so acquainted with the idea, that it no longer seems incredible, but it is. As a matter of fact, it is far more than incredible, it is amazing and supernatural. And according to Ephesians 1:19 & 20, the power that brought Jesus back from the dead is available to you and me and those around us who right now do not have a relationship with Jesus.

Our theme for Momentum Youth Conference 2017 is The Comeback.

There is One who faithfully calls us back to Himself; One who wants to speak into the details of our lives; One who offers freedom and grace; One who knows us completely and still offers us the deepest love possible. His name is Jesus. No matter how far we’ve wandered and regardless of what we’ve done or haven’t done, our gracious God is always extending an invitation to come to Him, whether for the first time or the five-hundredth time.

Jesus is our resurrected Savior who has defeated every enemy of heaven and earth. Because of His victory, every single human is offered the opportunity to repent in faith receiving salvation, and those who are already in Christ have the invitation to come back to Him through repentance every day. He has made the greatest comeback ever–suffering a brutal death and being raised back to life. He defeated death itself, swallowing it up in victory, making our comeback story an everyday possibility.

Grace Seminary and CE National Host a Pastorpedia Live on April 5

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Pastor Jeff Manion and Pastor Knute Larson

Pastor Jeff Manion and Pastor Knute Larson

CE National and Grace Seminary hosted this year’s second Pastorpedia Live event at CE National’s Russell Center on April 5. Pastor Jeff Manion from Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the guest speaker.

Jeff spoke on two different topics during the day under the main title of “Navigating Challenging Transitions.” The morning was a very practical and insightful sharing of “Lessons I’m Learning as We Grow.” He shared many stories and insights that have helped him maintain balance in his growing church. The afternoon session was “Preaching That Reaches the Heart,” and focused more on the presentation of the message and adapting it to the audience while maintaining the integrity of God’s Word.

Jeff is the senior pastor of the multi-campus church called Ada Bible Church. He is the author of The Land Between, Satisfied, and Dream Big, Think Small which was just released in January 2017. His great joy is digging deep into Scripture and passionately teaching the story of the Bible in a clear and relevant way.

This Pastorpedia will be available for viewing in a few weeks on the Pastorpedia Live Archives webpage.

The next Pastorpedia Live is June 14 with Dr. Don Sunukjian speaking on the topic of “Increasing Relevancy in Your Preaching.” Registration is coming soon. Pastor Keith Minier will present on vision on September 20th.

Pastorpedia Live is presented by the partnership between Grace Seminary and CE National.

CE National Hosts Heritage Day in Indiana

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The Trio sang several songs

The Trio sang several songs

On Thursday, April 6, CE National hosted a Heritage Day in northern Indiana at the Das Dutchman Essenhaus, an Amish-style restaurant in Middlebury. Pastor Knute Larson was the keynote speaker who challenged those in attendance from Psalm 92 and Philippians 1:3-6. The trio from Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Winona Lake, Indiana, shared twice with a variety of songs. The trio is made up of Dave and Sherilyn Rank, both of whom work for CE National (Dave part-time), and Christi Barlow, pastor’s wife at the church. Dave also works part-time at the church.
The group joined in singing hymns and enjoyed a time of sharing verses and testimonies of how God is working in their lives.

Ed Lewis was emcee and he also led the group in a time of making homeless packets that were handed out that Saturday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, through the Urban Hope Community Church. The group enjoyed a great time of fellowship as they ate a family-style meal in the dining room at Das Dutchman Essenhaus.

Join Urban Hope in Praying for This Sunday’s Easter Service

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The life-transforming truth of the Good News will be shared this Sunday during Urban Hope’s Easter celebration. Why? Simply because that’s what you’re suppose to do on Easter.

Please pray…

  • for the Salt & Light presentation (the children’s discipleship group will be performing).
  • for the Easter Egg Hunt.
  • for the Spoken Word that will be performed.
  • for the fellowship with coffee and donuts.
  • that many non-believers will be in attendance. Pray that God prepares their hearts to respond to His truth.
  • for our church family to be ready to love and serve.
  • for good weather.
  • against distractions.

Help for Pastors Each Month – Pastorpedia

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Pastorpedia is a monthly resource produced by CE National to help pastors.

Three experienced pastors share their thoughts in video and text on a wide variety of church issues. Topics range from making the most out of weddings to how to handle politics in the church.

The three pastors are 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.

Visit cenational.org/pastorpedia to read and watch the issues or sign up for ON MISSION Insights at cenational.org/omi_signup and receive an email when each issue is published.

Pastorpedia is a ministry of CE National, a church effectiveness ministry.

He Is Risen! Celebrate the Resurrection!

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CE National would like to wish you a wonderful and happy Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of the risen Lord. “He is not here–He has risen!  Jesus has risen from the dead!” These words should give us great hope and joy as Jesus paid the penalty for sin on the cross and then bodily rose three days later, just as He said he would. Make someone’s day by sharing with them the good news!