Momentum Youth Conference Early Bird Registration Ends March 31

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Momentum Youth Conference

Momentum Youth Conference

Pay your $75 Momentum Youth Conference deposit by March 31 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 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 March 31 and your balance by June 15 for the best rate.

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Hope Grace Church from Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, Visits Urban Hope Philadelphia

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Urban Hope Training Center Philadelphia

Urban Hope Training Center PhiladelphiaEight adults and two students visited Urban Hope Philadelphia from Hope Grace Church in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.

The group spent February 8-10 doing homeless ministry, meeting people by installing smoke detectors, and participating in a prayer walk. They also went to Coffee House celebration with people from Urban Hope Community Church and attended the Sunday morning worship service.

Here are a few comments from participants:

“Experience makes the needs more real and increases awareness.”

“Be more intentional about God as I go about my day.”

“He proved to me that He will carry me when I need Him to.”

“I plan to use God-talk more often.”

Visit urbanhope.net if you’d like to find out about bringing your group to Urban Hope Philadelphia or Urban Hope Los Angeles.

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OnTrack Devotions – A Great Way To Study the Bible

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Pilgrimage Educational Resources has partnered with CE National to promote OnTrack Devotions. OTD is a daily devotional tool available in quarterly 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.

Dr. Jeff Bogue to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference 2019

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Dr. Jeff Bogue to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference 2019
Dr. Jeff Bogue to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference 2019

Jeff Bogue

Dr. Jeff Bogue will be a main session speaker at Momentum Youth Conference 2019.

Jeff is a pastor whose passion is to help Jesus make sense to everyone. He became a Christ-follower as a junior in college. His passion for ministry comes from his own experience of searching for the mind and heart of God and being completely changed by what he discovered.

Jeff is a graduate of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He’s had the privilege of sharing life with the people of Grace Church of Greater Akron, Ohio, for the past twenty-three years, where he leads seven campuses with over 10,000 people calling Grace their home. Jeff is grateful he’s been able to take his life journey with such amazing people. He’s energized by leading the church to love and serve the people in their community.

Find out more and register for Momentum Youth Conference.

City Life 2019: a Great Way to Serve for a Week this Summer!

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City Life 2019: a Great Way to Serve for a Week this Summer!

City Life 2019: a Great Way to Serve for a Week this Summer!

Looking for a way to serve this summer, but don’t have time for a lengthy ministry trip? Why not consider 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 leaders for the East team are Dave & Carly Nicodemus. Dave serves as student pastor at Grace Polaris in Columbus, Ohio.

City Life West takes place at Urban Hope Los Angeles, June 11-18. This team’s administrative leader is Margaret Olmedo, Los Angeles public school teacher and CE National board member.

City Life begins with a brief orientation and then it is off to put it into practice! Ministry opportunities will likely include helping and serving with rescue missions, homeless ministries, helping with day camps, work projects, and more. The best way to find out where and how City Life serves during the week is to go to the website citylifetour.org, and check out the blog from last year’s team. This year’s tours will be similar.

City Life is for students who have just completed 8th grade through high school seniors. The support total is $610 for either team and the application deadline is April 1. Visit citylifetour.org to find out more and apply. If you have any questions regarding City Life, please contact Sherilyn Rank at obmail@cenational.org.

Grace College Students Learn Urban Ministry in Los Angeles

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Grace College Students Learn Urban Ministry in Los Angeles
Grace College Students Learn Urban Ministry in Los Angeles

The Go Encounter group along with TK, Pastor Rick Cartagena, Ron Muir, and Tim Lansing

CE National sponsored a Grace College GO Encounter trip to Urban Hope Training Center in Los Angeles, March 4-12. The team consisted of 18 participants and had many opportunities throughout the week. The group had training sessions from Timothy Kurtaneck (TK), Urban Hope LA Director Timothy Lansing, and Pastor Rick Cartagena.

The team’s first ministry stop was at Saddleback’s food pantry distribution center. The team helped package and sort food, load and unload trucks, and much more. They also used a scavenger hunt on Second Street to initiate conversations with people, performed manual labor at the Urban Hope facilities, helped homeless people on Skid Row with Fred Jordan Mission, and homeless ministry with Urban Hope under the Fourth Street bridge.

The team did some sight-seeing, including eating at In-N-Out burger and Carl’s Jr., visited the Santa Monica Pier, Saddleback Church, Mosaic Church, Hollywood, and the Griffith Observatory.

The purpose of this trip was to train students how to effectively be friendly toward people, initiate conversations, ask for their story, share their own, and, ultimately, share the hope of Jesus with that person.

Chris Morehead, Go Team student leader said, “We were stretched in so many ways. We saw a lot of hurting people this past week, and the students were deeply moved by the stories and circumstances they were introduced to. The team’s true passions and strengths were brought out in this trip, and that was extremely encouraging to witness. We had some quieter people on the team, but by the end of the trip they had grown so much, along with the people who aren’t as quiet. The team had a wide range of personalities, and, luckily, all those personalities got along very well. We were excited and encouraged to see all the improvements and growth that could occur. The Lord blessed us greatly on the trip and taught us so much!”

If you would like to learn more about Urban Hope LA, visit urbanhope.net/la.

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Keith Minier to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference 2019

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Keith Minier to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference 2019
Keith Minier to Speak at Momentum Youth Conference 2019

Keith Minier

Keith Minier will be a main session speaker at Momentum Youth Conference 2019.

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 3,200 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.

Keith Minier has been a speaker at Momentum for a few years, each year challenging our students in a unique and dynamic way. In every session he has spoken, God has blessed and brought students to a saving knowledge of Christ and deeper love for God’s Word. Find out more and register now at buildmomentum.org.

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So What is City Life Anyway? Part 2

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So What is City Life Anyway? Part 2

So What is City Life Anyway? Part 2

In last week’s article, we shared some information that readers may not know about CE National’s high school ministry team, City Life. Here are some more frequently asked questions and answers about City Life and some specifics for the exciting things planned for 2019!

  1. How big are the City Life teams?
    We can take between 5-12 per team, which includes students and leaders.
  2. How do the teams travel around?
    Depending on team size, we generally travel to our various ministry/city-experience sites in 12-15 passenger vans.
  3. What is a normal day on City Life like and what will the team be doing?
    Each day begins with time to get ready, eat breakfast, and have time with the Lord. We then head out each day to experience ministry in the city and get some “hands on” opportunities to serve others. Depending on your location, we plan to visit some large church campuses, serve others through food ministry, share our faith at places like Reading Terminal Market and Huntington Beach, and do a few “touristy” things like visiting the Liberty Bell and Rocky Steps, or Downtown Disney and Hollywood.
  4. With the teams serving in major cities, are these teams safe for students to be on?
    I’m sure you realize we would never knowingly put anyone in harm’s way. But we will be out with people and we will be doing ministry in a number of locations (always in groups, never alone). This will be our 46th year of providing high school students with short-term ministry opportunities so hopefully that speaks to our background of care and wisdom with students while providing fulfilling and enriching service experiences.
  5. Can students fund-raise for the City Life support?
    Absolutely! In fact, we encourage team members to send out support letters and/or participate in fundraisers. A sample support letter will be available to help students know how to write one.
  6. What is the City Life application deadline?
    The online applications are on the City Life website now, with an application deadline of April 1, 2019.

See more information about City Life and access the online application, at citylifetour.org.

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Brighton Chapel: The First Group to Visit Urban Hope Los Angeles

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Brighton Chapel: The First Group to Visit Urban Hope Los Angeles

Brighton Chapel: The First Group to Visit Urban Hope Los Angeles

The first group to visit Urban Hope Los Angeles was Brighton Chapel from Howe, Indiana. (February 19-26, 2019) This group jumped right into training and serving. They served at a downtown homeless shelter, participated in a local park ministry, and visited a mosque while learning about the Muslim community.

Here is a list of ministries Brighton Chapel was able to be a part of:

  • DreamCenter LA – Helped with KidzJam (children’s program in government housing project)
  • Cultural Experience Day – Learned about having a heart for Muslim People by visiting an Arab Market, a Mosque and Syrian Restaurant
  • Homeless Ministry along Riverbed in Norwalk
  • Park Ministry in Norwalk Park
  • Park Ministry & Children’s Program in Boyle Heights/East LA
  • Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row in L.A.
  • Fishing Opportunities in Hollywood, Downtown Disney and Santa Monica

Brighton Chapel was a phenomenal 1st group to have at Urban Hope Los Angeles. The group came prepared by bringing with them Bibles to hand out, snack packs for kids, a children’s program to be used at a local park and funds used to purchase over 250 lunches which they put together to hand out to the homeless.

Everyone in the group had hearts that were ready to serve those around them with the hope of sharing Jesus with those they would encounter. The second night at Urban Hope they went up to the Griffith Observatory in LA to look and pray over the city of LA and for the people they would encounter throughout the week. This set the tone for an incredible week of ministry as they loved on others with the love of Jesus!

From serving the homeless, to participating in children’s programs, to gaining a heart for others who are different, the group from Brighton Chapel was challenged in many ways to think beyond themselves and consider ways they could decrease so that Jesus could increase (John 3:30).

After the group left, the Norwalk Grace Brethren Church, which shares the campus with Urban Hope Los Angeles, saw a mom and her kids along with a few homeless people come to the Sunday service that next weekend because of the interaction that Brighton Chapel had with those in the community.

See pictures on the CE National Facebook page.

Visit urbanhope.net/la to find out more about visiting Urban Hope Los Angeles.

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Thank You Grace Church, Waynesboro

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Thank you Grace Church, Waynesboro

A huge thank you to the group from Grace Church in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, for their tremendous help on some big work projects. Tim Clothier, lead pastor, led the group. The group hung drywall in the Balmer Building annex, removed ceiling tiles, demolished a wall, helped repair vehicles, and more.

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The National Youth Worker Retreat Starts March 18

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The National Youth Worker Retreat Starts March 18

The National Youth Worker Retreat Starts March 18

The National Youth Worker Retreat is just around the corner. There’s still time to register and spend time learning from Sean McDowell, Bruce Barlow, Steve Kozak, and Jordan Howerton.

The location is right on the ocean at El Caribe Resort in Daytona Beach, Florida. Room rate for retreat attendees is $110 per night. The retreat cost is $59 for four days of training. Visit cenational.org/retreat to find out more and to register.

Ed Short: Ministry Consultant Offered to You by CE National

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Ed Short ministry coach and consultant
Ed Short

Ed Short

Ed Short does coaching and consulting with church leaders. He 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 their ministry. Visit cenational.org/CandC to find out more.

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Diane Susek to Lead Worship at Heritage Day 2019

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Diane Susek to Lead Worship at Heritage Day 2019

Diane Susek to Lead Worship at Heritage Day 2019

Diane Susek will lead worship at Heritage Day 2019. Diane has one purpose and goal in singing and that is to honor Christ with a ministry to the minds, hearts, and souls of people. Those who hear her by recording, the media, in churches and Bible conferences, or at conventions and banquets leave with no doubt that she has served her purpose and achieved her goal. Read more about Diane.

Along with Diane, the featured guest speaker will be Dr. Walt Mueller, founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. Piercing Word will also perform.

Heritage Day is April 26, 2019, at Shady Maple Smörgåsbord, in East Earl, Pennsylvania.

Find out more and register at cenational.org/heritage.

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So What is City Life Anyway?

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o What is City Life Anyway?

o What is City Life Anyway?

We’ve found that a number of our CE National friends don’t know much about our high school ministry team, City Life. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about City Life and some specifics for the exciting things planned for 2019!

  1. What are the dates and locations for City Life 2019?
    There will be two City Life teams in 2019, at two separate locations.June 1-8, City Life East will take place at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia. During the week of June 11-18, City Life West will be located at the Urban Hope Training Center in Los Angeles. (As needed, airport transportation will be provided to a designated airport for both arrivals and departures.) Students bring their own bedding and the team will use their UHTC location as home base.
  2. Who are the adult leaders for the two teams?
    The administrative leaders for the East team are Dave & Carly Nicodemus. Dave serves as students pastor at Grace Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. City Life West takes place at Urban Hope Los Angeles, June 11-18. This team’s administrative leader is Margaret Olmedo, Los Angeles public school teacher and CE National board member. All of these have led multiple ministry teams for CE National, including Operation Barnabas, OBI, and past City Life teams. We are thrilled to have these experienced leaders on board for City Life 2019!
  3. What are the qualifications for City Life student team members?
    For City Life 2019, we are looking for students that:

    • Have a personal relationship with Jesus
    • Have completed 8th grade thru 12th by next summer
    • Are actively involved in their own church/youth group
    • Have a teachable spirit and willingness to learn and be challenged
  4. What is the support total for City Life and is that paid all at once?
    The City Life support total for 2019 is $610. This includes a non-refundable confirmation deposit of $100. The deposit will secure the student’s spot on the team, so that needs to come in first once the student is accepted. The remaining balance is due sometime in mid-May.
  5. What do students need to do to apply?
    Students need to fill out the online application and send the link to the online final church approval form to their pastor or youth pastor. The application deadline is April 1, 2019 and the sooner the student applies, the better!

See more information about City Life and access the online application at citylifetour.org.

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Grace Church and Shall Never Thirst Help at Urban Hope Philadelphia

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Grace Church and Shall Never Thirst Help at Urban Hope Philadelphia
Grace Church and Shall Never Thirst Help at Urban Hope Philadelphia

The group from Grace Church, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

Last weekend, February 22-24, Grace Church from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, helped at Urban Hope Philadelphia. Tim Clothier, lead pastor, led the group. The group hung drywall in the Balmer Building annex, removed ceiling tiles, demolished a wall, helped repair vehicles, and more.

In addition to the Grace Church team, men from a wonderful ministry called Shall Never Thirst helped as well. The men helped repair a sidewalk, did plumbing work, and so much more.

“God is indeed blessing the ministries through people who are helping,” said Ed Lewis, president of CE National. In addition to the two teams, people from the church assisted. Tom Gifford, from the Urban Hope staff, helped lead the visiting teams. See pictures…

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New! ON MISSION Insights Podcast

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ON MISSION Insights Podcast

ON MISSION Insights Podcast

Go to cenational.org/podcast and check out the new ON MISSION Insights Podcast. If you minister to students in any way, whether parent, pastor, teacher, coach, youth leader, etc., this podcast is for you. Steve Kozak, vice-president of youth ministry for CE National, and Dave Nicodemus, students pastor for Grace Polaris Church, are the hosts. Their aim is to provide valuable insight into the world of youth ministry, specifically, how to ignite students’ passion for Jesus and their desire to share their faith and live ON MISSION.

Four episodes are posted now with more to come.

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Lecrae Will be a Main Session Speaker at Momentum Youth Conference

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Lecrae Will be a Main Session Speaker at Momentum Youth Conference

Lecrae Will be a Main Session Speaker at Momentum Youth Conference

Lecrae Devaughn Moore, or simply Lecrae, is an American Christian rapper, songwriter, and record producer who performs both as a solo artist and as the leader of a group named ‘116 Clique’.

Lecrae had a troubled beginning in life but all that changed after he found his faith at 19. Heavily influenced by 2Pac Shakur, and motivated by his new found faith, he ventured into a musical career. He and his friend, Ben Washer, set up their own independent record label ‘Reach Records’ and through it, he released his debut album ‘Real Talk’ in 2004.

In the following years, Lecrae brought out six more studio albums, three mix tapes, and two EPs as a solo artist and three studio albums, one remix album, and one EP with his group. He has received six ‘GMA Dove Awards,’ two Grammys, two ‘BET Awards’ and more.

Lecrae is very active in the community and in 2005, he established ‘ReachLife Ministries’, the mission of which was to “bridge the gap between biblical truth and the urban context”. He is a vocal supporter of the preservation of responsibility and believes that fatherhood should be considered as a value to be instilled among men in the United States. He has authored several
op-ed articles on race relations in the modern-day America which were published by ‘Billboard’.

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Consider a Week of Ministry on City Life 2019!

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Consider a Week of Ministry on City Life 2019!
Consider a Week of Ministry on City Life 2019!

The City Life 2018 Team

CE National has always been interested in offering a variety of ministry opportunities for students that know Jesus and want to grow in their walk with Him. City Life teams were launched with the concept of a shorter tour of hands-on ministry in major inner-city locations. City Life has many of the ministry equipping aspects of our Operation Barnabas teams, but does not include programming and is only one week. Some students find the shorter tour more doable with other summer activities, while still getting opportunities for ministry training.

Past City Life teams have served in Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. For the summer of 2019, teams on both the East and West Coast are being planned, launching out of our two Urban Hope Training Center locations! City Life East, June 1-8, will serve in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Urban Hope Philadelphia location in the inner-city Kensington neighborhood. June 11-18, City Life West will minister in the greater Los Angeles area of Urban Hope Los Angeles in Norwalk, California.

Any high school student, including those just completing 8th grade, is eligible for City Life. The City Life support total is $610. This total includes all food, lodging, ministry expenses, tourist excursions, and travel while on the actual tour. Transportation to the orientation location and back home after tour would be the only additional cost.

Applications and more information about the City Life tour are available at citylifetour.org. Why not encourage several youth group students to join together and apply for this exciting week of travel, ministry, and fun! Applications for both East and West City Life are due April 1.

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