• Easy Staff Evaluations

    Annual performance reviews can be intimidating for pastors to give to staff. .  But they don’t have to be with the the right tool. Ed Short, CE National’s Church Ministry Coach and Consultant, shared this ministry review he encourages pastors he coaches to use.  Feel free to use this resource, or adapt it as necessary, to best assistContinue reading →

  • ON MISSION Campaign

    We have an exciting opportunity for your church! At CE National we have developed a church-wide campaign designed to disciple Christ-followers in the “How To” of following Christ daily. The outflow of a congregation of believers who live ON MISSION is an incredibly effective and healthy ministry.

  • Dr. Tim Elmore Talks About Youth Leaders Making a Difference

    Youth pastors and leaders want to make a difference in the next generation of young people.  Someone that we appreciate and use his resources and research is Dr. Tim Elmore.  In a number of the youth ministry classes that CE National teaches in the National Institute for the Development of Ministries to Youth at GraceContinue reading →

  • Strategic Church Planting Starts Here

    “The start of strategic church planting,” Mike Pumphrey will tell you, “is to reach the end of yourself.” Mike Pumphrey has served as the Lead Pastor for the past five years at Awaken Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and has walked his team through the process of a church plant several times.

  • Youth Pastor Encouragement from Kurt Johnston – Youth Pastor at Saddleback Church

    Kurt Johnston shares a simple but meaningful youth ministry model for reaching out to kids. The Youth Pastor at Saddleback Church, Kurt shares decades of wisdom in one short and meaningful moment that we can all grab a hold of, “Caring adult plus Jesus plus teenager means good stuff.” Check out a two minute shotContinue reading →

  • How to do Community Outreach Blitz’s

    Mike Silliman serves on the outreach and evangelism team at Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana. His team’s outreaches are well known in the Goshen area. Donning matching blue shirts on blitz days, they have built up a friendly reputation within their community. Some of their community outreach efforts have included:

  • Defining “Team” – A Pastor’s Perspective

    Trust is foundational. Before anything else, I believe that trust must be earned, stored, and saved before it is spent. Healthy teams require takes trust which is built upon a legacy of consistency. As the Lead Pastor at Awaken Church, I know it is my responsibility to initiate ways to build this trust within myContinue reading →

  • Back to School Season & How to Plan an Annual Calendar

    With the start of a new school year in session–youth workers all across the nation are excited to get back into a regular routine with their students. At least, I know I am! As I have started to glance at the blank calendar before me, I am aware that this is one of three timesContinue reading →

  • Don't Put Old Folks Out to Pasture

    Pastor Lee Seese, a long time CE National board member, passed along a terrific article that came through Mike’s Funnies (www.mikeysFunnies.com) By Dr. Pat Otwell Aged and unproductive farm animals were often “put out to pasture” when their days of usefulness ended. They no longer had responsibilities but just grazed on the land becoming receiversContinue reading →

  • Defining Vision: Part Two

    Last week we ventured into how defining ministry vision statements in short, memorable soundbytes allow our congregations to embody the purposes of the Church. This is not about savvy marketing or clichés. Instead, by diving into the unique mission that your church is able to be a light to in your specific community—it is aContinue reading →

  • Four Keys for Developing Meaningful Children’s Ministry Tools

    Amber Mallow serves as the Children’s Ministry Director at Urban Hope Community Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her years of dedication to children’s outreach has given her insight into four keys to implementing meaningful connection with kids in her church.

  • Defining Vision leads to Action

    Some of the most famous companies in the world are as such because they are indelibly branded in our minds—their slogans firm in our memory. “I’m loving it” “Just do it” “Eat fresh” “Finger licking good” Can you name them? Most of us don’t even have to think. We know McDonalds, Nike, Subway’s, and KFC’sContinue reading →

  • Social Media and Youth Ministry

    Social Media. Two words which have changed the cultural landscape of our day. How does this platform help or hurt youth ministry and whether or not it is redeemable is today’s topic of discussion as we continuously seek to “make ministry simple.”

  • Transitioning Students from Children’s Ministry to Youth Ministry

    At Grace Church in Akron, Youth Pastor Todd Shoemaker works intentionally with his Children’s and Student Ministry staff members in order to provide a consistent tone of ministry to each age group. Each individual department strives to work together to help in these transition seasons. Today, as we seek to make ministry simple—we wanted toContinue reading →

  • 6 Rhythms to Establish Missional Living

    At the recent Flinch conference, Pastor Kalownaski encouraged pastors and church leaders to embed a missional lifestyle into our daily habits. His six takeaways allow us to glimpse life-on-life ministry as simple and attainable. “We have one life.” He shared.  “How we spend it has little to do with you or me –it is aboutContinue reading →

  • $1,000 Ideas; Maximizing Leadership Conferences

    Attending leadership conferences is quite an investment. With travel, registration fees, and accommodations it can easily cost hundreds if not up to a thousand dollars to attend. So how can you come away from these events refreshed, energized AND with $1,000 ideas? Start with a plan…

  • Intentionally Seeking Vital Ministry Opportunities

    Renowned Business Expert, Stephen Covey introduced the world to his Time Management Matrix. The goal of utilizing this tool was to visualize what priorities you and your team place on various types of tasks.

  • How To Implement Post-Event Processing

    I just completed Momentum Youth Conference with my students. It was a deeply impactful time for each one of my youth. While I would love to keep them inside of a safe environment that a missions trip, student conference, or weekend retreat offers–I know it isn’t practical. Instead, I am aware that the implementation phaseContinue reading →

  • Sample Questions for Pastoral Search Teams

    Here is the list of what I think are important questions for an interview for a pastor (or a pastoral staff member, with appropriate adaptations). Three giant issues here are the strong initial investigation, the thoroughness and uniqueness of the various interviews, and the last step of two full Sundays at the church preaching, withContinue reading →

  • Navigating Conflict in the Church

    It’s a fact of life that wherever two or three are gathered together, there will be conflict. Below are some general principles about conflict that have worked well in the congregations I’ve served.