Students and adults from Brighton Chapel, Howe, Indiana, were at Urban Hope Philadelphia March 31-April 6. Urban Hope was privileged to not only have young people but to have four adults, including the Brighton Chapel senior pastor and the youth coordinator. The group served in several ways:
Homeless ministry (food, prayer, etc.)
Praying for people in restaurants.
Talking with people during their free time.
Spending time with God.
Distributing books and Bibles to people in the area.
Helping at Sunday Breakfast Mission.
Helping at Whosoever Will Gospel Mission.
Initiating games and many activities with children in Mifflin Park and learning how to engage with people from other cultures.
Doing prayer walks.
Riding the trains to 30th Street station and engaging in several conversations with people about God.
Learning the importance of how to initiate conversations and share their life experiences with others.
Blessing the Urban Hope ministry by doing projects with Urban Hope.
Listening and taking serious notes of what they learned from the various training times and setting specific goals for how they will change when they return.
Thanks to Rustin Krapfl, Hayden Troyer, and the team for the good week.
Momentum Youth Conference is now accepting submissions for Momentum’s Got Talent 2019! MGT encourages students to develop skills such as videography, poetry, creative writing, media arts, graphic design, art work, spoken word, interpretive Scripture memorization, dance, vocal solo, youth band, etc. Students enter MGT by creating and uploading a video of themselves performing whatever they are planning to present or registering artwork online that they are bringing.
Submissions are evaluated prior to Momentum by our MGT judge panel and accepted entries are asked to perform live at Momentum on Wednesday afternoon, July 17, in front of the panel. Students are given critique to encourage them to continue honing their talents.
Several Momentum’s Got Talent entries will be selected to present their talent in Momentum’s main sessions. Students may end up singing (for example) in front of 2,500+ people!
It’s finally here!! The HopeMobile truck is an incredible tool for doing ministries to children AND doing homeless outreach!
Urban Hope Philadelphia can now take to the streets. This box truck, called HopeMobile, has been purchased and equipped for mobile church. The truck will be used for kids programs, homeless ministries, and more. A group from Community Grace Brethren Church in Everett, Pennsylvania, has been instrumental in helping obtain and outfit the truck. Funds from Momentum Youth Conference’s National Youth Project offering have gone to fund the truck.
We give a special thanks to Jeff Troutman and his crew at Clair’s Auto Body Shop in Everett, Pennsylvania, and thanks to Lee Seese who coordinated the project for CE National. The truck has a flat-screen television for showing VeggieTales videos or words to worship songs. It has a strong sound system and the stage is adjustable. HopeMobile is totally portable without needing electric hook-ups for up to eight hours.
HopeMobile was dedicated to God last weekend! Thank you to all who contributed to make this gift possible. May many people be reached through this incredible outreach tool!
One week: Even the most busy students should be able to give at least one week to serve others with purpose! City Life, CE National’s eight-day ministry opportunity, at both Urban Hope locations, is the perfect way for high school students to spend a week of their summer focusing on and serving in ministry. Students can apply online for one of two City Life teams in 2019.
City Life East, June 1-8, will be located at Urban Hope Philadelphia. The administrative leaders for the East team are Dave and Carly Nicodemus. Dave serves as student pastor at Grace Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. Helping with children’s ministries, serving the homeless, ministering on South Street, and exploring the city while eating a classic Philly Cheesesteak are just some of the activities this team will do! Students can either travel with the group to and from Columbus or meet the group at UHTC in Philadelphia.
City Life West takes place at Urban Hope Los Angeles, June 11-18. This team’s administrative leader is MargaretOlmedo, LA public school teacher and CE National board member. This team will do things such as serving at homeless shelters and rescue missions, helping at a food pantry, visiting other ministry sites, and going to the beach for the true Southern California experience! Students will be picked up at the Los Angeles International Airport and returned there after tour, or can meet us directly at UHTC in Norwalk.
City Life is for students who have just completed 8th grade through high school seniors. The support total is $610 for either team and now is the time to apply! Visit citylifetour.org to find out more and apply online. If you have any questions regarding City Life, please contact Sherilyn Rank at email@example.com.
Pastor Knute Larson will be speaking on the seven areas he sees as the most important fixes for every church staff and board, after godliness and family. From personal schedule to board and staff responsibilities to group confusion, values, and love, you will find them very clear and practical. Knute was a pastor for 43 years and has coached pastors and boards now for ten years. QA all day and more practical notes than you ever asked for!
As an added feature, the afternoon will include a segment on missions for the local church by Bob Schneider, whose senior pastor called him, “the best global missions pastor in the country,” and who has had input for many missions boards, ACMC, and local churches. Find out more and register…
Tony Livigni is the campus pastor of the Medina East Campus of Grace Church. He has served at Grace Church for 12 years, serving in college and young adult ministry for 7 years and leading the Medina East Campus for the past 5 years. Since its inception, the Medina East Campus has grown to over 1000 regular weekend attenders. Pastor Tony was a student on Operation Barnabas in 1999 and also served as on OB leader for multiple summer tours. He received his undergrad from Moody Bible Institute and his master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical School of Divinity. Pastor Tony is married to his lovely wife Jessica, and has four children.
The renovations for Urban Hope Training Center in Los Angeles at the Grace Brethren Church of Norwalk are fully complete! Special thanks to donors who made the renovations of these bathrooms/showers, dormitory spaces, and training center rooms possible. See more pictures on the Urban Hope Los Angeles website.
CE National is partnering with Christian colleges and universities to present a four-month, inter-cultural, field-experience internship based at Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia. Real world, every day ministry becomes your classroom as you journey to various cities throughout the northeast region.
The National Youth Worker Retreat attracted youth workers from across the country to Daytona Beach, Florida. Two youth workers came from as far away as Alaska. Main session speakers were Bruce Barlow, Sean McDowell, Jordan Howerton, and Steve Kozak.
A great spirit of sharing and interaction was a large part of the retreat.
National Bible Bee headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas. In 2009, the ministry was founded with the mission to engage young people in the memorization and study of God’s Word and provide opportunities to proclaim it through local, national, and broadcast competitions. National Bible Bee developed a Summer Study to help cultivate not only a heart to memorize God’s Word but also to understand and apply Scripture to daily life. Find out more at biblebee.org.
Pay your $75 Momentum Youth Conference deposit by April 1 and save $25.
Registration for Momentum 2019 opened February 1 at buildmomentum.org. The week will feature nationally known speakers and amazing worship as we focus on our theme, The Reason, and 1 Peter 3:15. The conference is for 6th to 12th grade students, youth leaders, and adult guests and we’re excited to be welcoming groups from over 100 churches across the country!
We hope you’ll claim your spot for the #bestweekofsummer so you don’t miss a front row seat to see what God is doing in the lives of students through Momentum. Find out more about our speakers, leaders, purpose, and theme at buildmomentum.org. Register and pay your $75 deposit by April 1 and your balance by June 15 for the best rate.
Looking for a way to serve others with a purpose, to be a part of something bigger than yourself, and have a great time doing it? This is the concept behind City Life, CE National’s eight-day ministry opportunity for high school students!
This summer, City Life is ministering coast-to-coast as we partner with CE National’s two Urban Hope locations.
City Life East, June 1-8, will be located at Urban Hope Philadelphia. The administrative leaders for the East team are Dave & Carly Nicodemus. Dave serves as student pastor at Grace Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. Helping with children’s ministries, serving the homeless, ministering on South Street, and exploring the city while eating a classic Philly Cheese-steak are just some of the activities this team will do! Students can either travel with the group to and from Columbus or meet the group at UHTC in Philadelphia.
City Life West takes place at Urban Hope Los Angeles, June 11-18. This team’s administrative leader is Margaret Olmedo, LA public school teacher and CE National board member. This team will do things such as serve at homeless shelters and rescue missions, help at a food pantry, visit other ministry sites, and go to the beach for the true Southern California experience! Students will be picked up at the Los Angeles International Airport and returned there after tour, or can meet us directly at UHTC in Norwalk.
City Life is for students who have just completed 8th grade through high school seniors. The support total is $610 for either team. Now is the time to apply, with teams being decided the first week of April. Visit citylifetour.org to find out more and apply. If you have any questions regarding City Life, please contact Sherilyn Rank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five kids turned their lives over to Jesus because a couple of middle school students decided to be bold in their faith and share God with these kids. Thank you Valley Bible Church for coming to Urban Hope Los Angeles and serving God.
Valley Bible Church is in Vista, California and 11 of their students and adults came to Urban Hope Los Angeles. After spending some time together learning how to share Jesus using the FISH method to begin conversations, the group spent most of Saturday in an area of Los Angeles called Boyle Heights. The Valley Bible Church team spread out throughout Hollenbeck Park, worked on starting conversations with people in the park, and then invited them over for food and a kid’s program.
The group cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for about 100 people and then had conversations with the people while they ate. Some of the team helped lead a kid’s program where five elementary age students turned their lives over to the Lord! Praise Jesus for how He transforms lives. Part of the group also went into some homeless encampments along the park’s outer edges and loved on them as well.
What an incredible day it was to watch God open up the eyes of His people as He continues to teach us how we need to live ON MISSION for Him each day. People are all around us and God is placing people in our path each day. It’s time to start FISHing!
One of the most important and yet challenging parts of youth ministry is getting parents involved–in the right way. Steve and Dave share some helpful insight on how to successfully navigate this often rocky terrain.
The National Youth Worker Retreat is in full swing in Daytona Beach, Florida. Last night, Jordan Howerton led an hour of worship. On Tuesday morning Steve Kozak, vice president of youth ministries for CE National, talked about the changing landscape of youth ministry, Bruce Barlow, lead pastor of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Winona Lake, Indiana, talked about counseling students who have problems with authority, and Chis Selby from Dare to Share encouraged youth workers to lead the way in sharing their faith.
A great spirit of sharing and interaction has been a large part of the retreat. The retreat continues today with Steve, Bruce, and Sean McDowell teaching.