How Can You Pray for the Ministry of Urban Hope?

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  • Please pray for families (spiritual and biological families)
  • Pray that those who know Christ would fight for unity in Christ.
  • Pray that true love that overlooks offenses would be shared.
  • Pray for conversations to be had, apologies to be given, forgiveness to be shared, and reconciliation to happen.
  • Pray that believers within families will be quick to say “yes” to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and no to sin.
  • Pray that entire families would agree that God is worth it all.

To find out more about Urban Hope, visit

Keith Minier to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference 2017

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We’re excited to have Pastor Keith Minier speaking at Momentum Youth Conference 2017 next summer! If you were at Momentum 2016 you may remember him speaking about “being the only one for the only One.” Keith emphasized living a consistent life and the importance of it as the fame of Jesus and the mission of God are at stake. Keith said, “We’re talking about being holy because it represents God. I will choose to be only one person for the only one true God. Whether they like me or hate me, whether it earns me popularity or drives me to eat by myself in the cafeteria, I will stand on the rock of Jesus.”

Keith boldly challenges students and leaders to live according to God’s Word and to live an authentic life for Jesus.

Keith is the lead pastor at Grace Fellowship in Pickerington, Ohio. He has served faithfully in this role for ten years and has seen God move tremendously over that time. Grace Fellowship has grown from a church of 70 to over 3,000 during his leadership. He is a passionate and skilled communicator and leader who loves seeing the power of the local church unleashed. Keith has a strong desire to see the next generation of Christ followers live up to their potential in the local church.

Find out more about Momentum Youth Conference.

TNI Graduate Publishes Devotional Book

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Jeff Beckley

Jeff Beckley

Jeff Beckley, a graduate of The National Institute, has published his first book—a devotional using the Psalms called Bottom Line.

Each devotional comes with a bottom line that is memorable and impactful. Bottom Line is filled with real life lessons, hard-hitting challenges, humorous tales, and exciting interaction with the book of Psalms.

Tweens, teenagers, and young adults alike will find this devotional powerful and life changing. Jeff helps the Word of God come alive, right in front of your eyes. The reader will walk away each day with a challenge, and meaningful steps to be more like Jesus.

The devotional is divided into small groups of passages that are able to be digested in a single sitting. Each passage has an application story, experience, lesson, or challenge which connects the Scripture to their everyday life. After each passage, the application is given an easy to remember, bottom line summary.

For more information and to order this devotional book, visit Included in the review section are comments by Mark Artrip, (a TNI graduate and TNI professor) and Mel Walker, a long-time friend of CE National.

Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good

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There is so much for which to be grateful!  At CE National, we thank God for His goodness to us and for all of the friends who partner with us in helping all believers to live ON MISSION.

We thank God for how he uses these ministries to impact lives—from salvation decisions at Momentum Youth Conference, to commitments towards full time vocational ministry through The National Institute and Operation Barnabas, to encouraging and helping pastors through Pastorpedia, Pastorpedia Live events and ON MISSION Insights, and those being trained to FISH (Friendly, Initiate, Serve or Share, and give Hope) through the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia.  We rejoice that all good things come from God and His name deserves to be praised.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Cal Thomas to Speak at CE National’s Heritage Event

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Cal Thomas at CE National's Heritage
Cal Thomas to speak at CE National's Heritage event

Cal Thomas

CE National is happy to present Cal Thomas as the speaker at Heritage

Heritage is a one-day event at Shady Maple Smörgåsbord in East Earl, Pennsylvania, on April 28, 2017.

Cal Thomas is one of the most widely read and highly regarded voices on the American political scene. He is a Fox News contributor and a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors.

This year, CE National will present a biblical world-view of how believers should respond in a changing culture, especially relating to our government.

A graduate of American University, Thomas is a veteran of broadcast and print journalism. He has worked for NBC News in Washington, D.C. and hosted his own program on CBNC that was nominated for a Cable ACE Award in 1995. In 2011, Thomas received the William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence from the Media Research Center. His latest book, What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America, was published in 2014 on the 30th anniversary of his syndicated column.

Mr. Thomas will include a question/answer time after lunch.

Heritage is for Everyone

Heritage is for everyone—pastors, lay people, young and old, all who are concerned and wondering about how to respond in today’s world to the events that are happening around us.

Sharing the platform with him will be former Sight and Sound actress, Karen Knight. Karen will present a dramatic production of Julia Ward Howe, author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Also, the Men of Grace from Telford, Pa., will share music that will remind everyone of our spiritual and historical heritage in Christ.

The program begins at 9:15 am (doors open at 8:00) and will conclude with assembling homeless packets for the inner-city ministry of Urban Hope in Philadelphia. The cost for the day is $30 and includes the Shady Maple Smörgåsbord lunch. A $5 donation is encouraged to help purchase the homeless supplies.

The 3:00 pm Sight and Sound production of Jonah at the Millennial Theater near Strasburg is an optional event. The cost is an additional $54 per person (reduced price).

Registration for Heritage will open online December 1st.

Three Chairs for Tribal Chiefs – November Pastorpedia

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Pastors Knute Larson, Jeff Bogue, and Jim Brown talk about how you, as a pastor, can best utilize long-term, influential members of your church.

Knute explains more. “This month we tackle the subject of those long-time veterans of the church, people very influential in the church crowd. They are sometimes called tribal chiefs with a frown, for good reason. Some have sabotaged. But most, especially when honored and respected, have contributed to the good of the church and our mission.

How shall we help that be so?  Let’s see….”

Watch and download here…

Pastorpedia is a ministry of CE National, a church effectiveness ministry. To receive an email when each Pastorpedia video is available, sign-up for ON MISSION Insights at

To read more helpful articles for pastors and church leaders, visit

Join the Movement – Help Needy Families Through CE National on #GivingTuesday

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The power of social media and collaboration fuels this global day of giving called #GivingTuesday. CE National has joined a large group of organizations and charities participating on November 28.

#GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely known shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This movement kicks off the charitable season, when many people focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Visit to join the movement by giving a donation to CE National.

100% of gifts donated will help meet the needs of families and individuals in inner-city Philadelphia. Gifts will help with food, housing, transportation, and medical attention in emergency situations.

Davey Blackburn to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference

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Davey Blackburn to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference

Davey Blackburn to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference

Davey Blackburn, lead pastor of Resonate Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, will be a main session speaker at Momentum Youth Conference.

Davey says, “I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2012 with my wife, Amanda.  We started a church that would connect people to Jesus who have been disconnected from Him and His church. For 3 long years we worked hard to reach people for Jesus and what’s come of that work is Resonate Church.

“On the morning of November 10th, 2015, I came home from the gym to discover Amanda had been shot in the head during a home invasion.  Our 15-month old was in his crib upstairs. She passed away in the hospital twenty-four hours later. Since that day Weston and I have been walking a road I would have never chosen for us or anyone else.

“Before her death Amanda had created quite a business following by restoring old furniture and home decor. She believed nothing was wasted and anything could be restored into a treasure.  Now I spend every waking moment following Jesus into his plan to restore this tragedy into something beautiful. My story is played out in the light of a greater Story – Jesus’ Story. Scripture tells me in Jesus’ Story Nothing is Wasted, even the most tragic of situations.”

We’re excited to welcome Davey Blackburn to Momentum 2017.

Momentum Youth Conference challenges students 6th – 12th grade to experience and follow Jesus. Find out more about Momentum Youth Conference at

New in CE National’s Lending Library

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Thank you for your continued support of CE National’s Lending Library. Your donations allow new resources to be purchased and used for ministry.

Thank you for partnering with us in helping believers to be trained and mobilized to be ON MISSION.

Leading from Here to There a DVD Bible study by Bill Hybels
Through five power-packed video sessions, Bill Hybels walks you through the core essentials of leading people from here to there. No matter where you are in your own leadership development, you’ll come away with a laser-focused understanding of each concept, you’ll be equipped to apply it to your unique set of leadership challenges, and you can put it into practice immediately.

Merlin’s Immortals a series by Sigmund Brouwer
This three book series is targeted at the young adult reader. Set in medieval England, these books follow the journey of young Thomas as he discovers his past and fulfills his destiny. Book 1: The Orphan King, Book 2: Fortress of Mist, Book 3: Martyr’s Fire.

Visit to look up these titles and more.

270 Meals Were Packed Last Night to be Distributed Today

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Thanks to generous gifts from around the country, the Urban Hope Community Church was able to pack up 270 Thanksgiving meals last night (November 17).

Neighborhood families were able to purchase a meal for $5. The $5, in turn, went towards paying a couple of unemployed individuals from the church for the work they do in helping with meal sign ups, purchasing, and distribution of food.

Today (November 18) from 1 pm-7 pm the Urban Hope Community Church family is distributing meals.
Some meals will be delivered to houses, but most people will come to the church to pick up the meals they purchased.

Please pray…

  • for safety and good conversations for those who are delivering door-to-door.
  • that those who come to the church to pick up their meals will experience a taste of the hope of Christ.
  • that they will feel welcomed, loved, and respected as they wait.
  • that the people of Urban Hope Community Church are welcoming and will have the right words to say, ears to hear, hands to extend and hearts to love.
  • that some would respond to the love they experience, be hungry for more, and attracted to Jesus.
  • against impatience, entitlement attitudes, and deception.
  • for families to attend Urban Hope’s Sunday service
  • for hearts to accept Jesus as Savior and SUBMIT TO HIM AS KING
  • that all who know and walk with Jesus would be filled up and overflowing.

Thanks for praying and giving to make this outreach successful.

Special thanks to those individuals who gave to the Thanksgiving outreach in honor or memory of someone else.

  • Grandma and Granddad Foote gave in honor of the Foote grandchildren
  • Louise Richardson gave in honor of Amber Richardson
  • Keith and Cindy Harris gave in honor of Bill Harris
  • Joe and Evelyn Tyson gave in honor of Kathy Tyson
  • Willamae Folden gave in honor of Don Folden
  • Allen and Nicole Twigg gave in honor of Randy Burns
  • Lee and Melissa Seese gave in memory of Joanne Seese

Momentum Rewind – Videos Plus Group Discussion Guides of Momentum Youth Conference Main Session Speakers

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Christopher Yuan speaks to students at Momentum Youth Conference

Christopher Yuan speaks to students at Momentum Youth Conference

Momentum Rewind is the opportunity to “rewind” the week for your students who experienced the week first-hand and for students who were not able to attend Momentum 2016. Use these engaging, high-level youth group lessons direct from Momentum Youth Conference’s nationally recognized speakers. Dig into the heart of the message with the provided, easy-to-follow discussion guides based on individual sessions and seminars.

What’s in the Momentum Rewind Sessions?

  • Prompt: Each lesson begins with a question or illustration to peak interest.
  • Play: Each lesson has a link to a recording of the main speaker’s lesson.
  • Process: Each lesson provides follow up Bible passages and reflection questions.
  • Pray: Each lesson closes with an opportunity for accountability and prayer.

Visit to download the videos and discussion guides.

CE National Board of Directors Meets in California

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This weekend, the CE National Board of Directors is meeting in Seal Beach, California for its Fall Board Meetings.  Staff reports, committee reports, and ministry visits will all be a part of this important set of meetings.  Prayer is appreciated—for safety in travel, good interaction, and wise decisions—as these leaders work together regarding the ministry of this Church Effectiveness office.

Day Away–North of 55 is Called Heritage in 2017

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On April 28, 2017, Shady Maple Smörgåsbord in East Earl, Pennsylvania, will be the site of a one-day event called Heritage. Cal Thomas, award winning journalist and expert on current events from a biblical world view, will be the guest speaker.

Because of the heightened political turmoil in our country, CE National has expanded Day Away–North of 55 for this year and is calling it Heritage. Heritage is open to all pastors, church and community leaders, lay people of ALL ages, and anyone who is interested in how to respond in a godly way to our current political situation. We encourage pastors to urge their congregations to attend.

Cal Thomas will challenge Christians on how to respond in a godly way to our changing political situation and structure. With a twice-weekly column appearing in hundreds of newspapers, Cal Thomas is one of the most widely read and one of the most highly regarded voices on the American political scene. He is a Fox News contributor and a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors.

A graduate of American University, Thomas is a veteran of broadcast and print journalism. He has worked for NBC News in Washington, D.C. and hosted his own program on CBNC that was nominated for a Cable ACE Award in 1995. In 2011, Thomas received the William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence from the Media Research Center. His latest book, What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America, was published in 2014 on the 30th anniversary of his syndicated column.

Save the date of April 28, 2017, for Heritage. This day is designed to draw attention to how we respond to our current national state and remind us of our heritage, both nationally and spiritually. More details to come.

Operation Barnabas – Equipping Students to Impact Their World for Christ!

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June 18 – July 11, Operation Barnabas 2017 will be touring the Midwest and East starting with training in Winona Lake, Indiana.

High school participants 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, sharing Jesus and serving others are all part of an OB tour!

The preliminary application deadline is November 16, 2016. Students can apply today by downloading an application at

Who do you know that you can encourage to apply for Operation Barnabas 2017?

Jackie Hill-Perry to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference 2017

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Jackie Hill-Perry, writer and artist, has had The Washington Times, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition and other online publications feature her work.

Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexual sin and the like, Jackie has been compelled to share the light of gospel truth through poetry.  Her poems have reached over one million views on YouTube. Humble Beast Records signed Jackie and in 2014 released her debut album “The Art of Joy.”

Jackie serves locally as Female Mentorship Coordinator at Grip Outreach for Youth. Grip Outreach is a non-profit organization loving Chicago’s fatherless teens. At home, she is known as wife to Preston and mommy to Eden.

Jackie first shared at Momentum Youth Conference in 2015 through spoken word and an interview which was a very impactful time for our students. We’re excited for her to join us again in 2017 as we focus on our theme, The Comeback.

To find out more about Momentum Youth Conference 2017, visit

Join Urban Hope this Thanksgiving Season

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In the Kensington section of inner-city Philadelphia live people who do not have the means to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. While the greatest need is spiritual, we also believe that Jesus cares for the physical needs of people. Through your support we are able to provide 300 meals to families who need help this holiday season. Because of your generosity, families can pay $5 for their entire meal so that we can give them a “hand-up” and not simply a “hand-out.” Through this outreach, we are also providing jobs for a few people in our local church and community who are currently unemployed.

By giving a gift of $50 per family or $10 per individual, you are not only providing a great Thanksgiving dinner, you are also providing employment for people who desperately need the extra help. This also provides each family the opportunity to hear the gospel.

Find out more and give online at

New Titles in the CE National Lending Library

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Thank you to those who support the mission of the CE National Lending Library. Your gifts enable us to provide new resources. Our lending library is used to provide Bible studies and resources that are shipped for use in small groups, neighborhood Bible studies and personal use. It’s our privilege to partner with you and help every believer to be trained and mobilized to live ON MISSION.

Is This the End? Signs of God’s providence in a disturbing new world
A book by David Jeremiah
From prophetic clues in Scripture to an understanding of the power of Christ in all believers, this book directs us on a clear path forward. The book is split into two sections, each covering items surrounding two important questions: “Is this the end of America?” and “Is this the end of the world?” The book includes detailed chapters on: Terrorism, ISIS and Radicalized Islam, The New Russia, and The Bleeding of America’s Borders.

The Jewel of Gresham Green
A book by Lawana Blackwell
The grown children of Vicar Andrew Phelps and Julia Hollis now face challenges of their own. Surgeon Philip Hollis’s wife resents his family. And writer Aleda Hollis craves privacy. But when Andrew requires Philip’s medical skills and Aleda unwittingly advances an evil man’s schemes, newcomer Jewel Libby becomes a source of strength for the family.

Find these and other resources at

Dr. Mike Wittmer Addressed the Topic of Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality During Pastorpedia Live

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Dr. Mike Wittmer during CE National's Pastorpedia Live

Dr. Mike Wittmer during CE National’s Pastorpedia Live

Dr. Mike Wittmer addressed the topic of marriage, gender, and sexuality during the November 1 Pastorpedia Live at CE National’s Russell Center.

The next Pastorpedia Live is titled “The Elephant in the Room: A Pastoral Approach to Congregant Guilt.” and features Dr. Robert D. Lehman. It will be held February 8, 2017, from 10 am until 3 pm.

Dr. 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.

Visit to find out more and to register.