Get Help With the Rapidly Changing Landscape of Youth Ministry

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The landscape of youth ministry is changing so rapidly that it’s hard to keep up. Steve Kozak, CE National’s vice president of youth ministry, talks about how The National Youth Worker Retreat can help.

The National Youth Worker Retreat is your chance to spend time with experts in youth ministry.

Jordan Howerton will lead worship. Sean McDowell, Bruce Barlow, and Steve Kozak will be the main speakers. All four experts will hang out with the youth workers that attend.

The location is right on the Atlantic 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.

Urban Hope Training Center Los Angeles Open House and Dedication is January 27

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The three rooms at Grace Brethren Church of Norwalk that will house Urban Hope Training Center Los Angeles are currently being renovated. Operation Barnabas teams began work over the summer and more work has followed. A major push was underway in October with several CE National staff members going west to help with the project. That push left just the finishing touches like decor and new carpet to be completed in the training center rooms.

The dedication of this new ministry is set for Sunday, January 27, beginning at 5 pm. There will be an open house and highlights shared of ministries, as well as a light dinner served. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. Please register by contacting Judy at churchrelations@cenational.org so we know how many to plan for the light dinner.

Please pray with us as renovations are completed and celebrate with us for this new opportunity to equip and mobilize more people to live ON MISSION!

Visit urbanhope.net/la to find out more.

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Prayer Partners Needed for CE National!

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Prayer Partners needed for CE National

Prayer Partners needed for CE National

This Church Effectiveness ministry is dependent upon the prayer of its ministry partners. God works when His people pray! Are you a part of the CE National Prayer Team? If so, thank you for standing in the gap! If not, would you please join us today? We need you! Read more…

It May Be Winter, But Summer is Coming!

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Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

With winter weather in full force, now is the perfect time to be thinking about the warmer days of summer and how to spend them! One great way for high school students and young adults to spend three weeks of their summer is to serve on Operation Barnabas. And even though the cold weather makes summer feel a long way off, it will be here before you know it, and now is the time to apply for OB 2019! Applications are due by January 31!

Operation Barnabas tours in 2019 are unique in that there are two different tours on two different coasts.

Our East Coast OB team begins at Urban Hope Training Center–Philly and tours in the eastern US; OB East dates are June 15–July 8. The administrative team leader is Cody Ray, CE National Youth Pastor of the Year.

The West Coast OB team starts at the new Urban Hope Training Center Los Angeles and will concentrate their tour in Southern California. OB West dates are June 22–July 15. (Students will be taken to and from the airport so they can join their youth group at Momentum Youth Conference which begins July 16.) The administrative team leader is Timothy Kurtaneck, director of Operation Barnabas.

All of this adds up to one incredible summer! And to be a part of OB 2019, make sure your online application is submitted by January 31!

Information flyers to promote OB can be found here.

Information about OB in general and specific information about 2019 can be found here.

The online OB application and references can be accessed here.

If you have further questions, email obmail@cenational.org.

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Momentum’s Got Talent Student Expands Her Ministry Through Music

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Momentum's Got Talent Student Expands Her Ministry Through Music

Why is the week at Momentum Youth Conference so valuable in the lives of students? There are many answers to that question!

But one of them is this: there is a large variety of opportunities to help students connect with God, develop patterns that assist them in growing in Him, and serving others in the name of Christ. One of those opportunities is Momentum’s Got Talent. One of the participants, Tiffany Tabor, is working hard to take her music to the next level.

Check out her song and testimony here! View other videos from Tiffany on her YouTube channel.

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CE National Partner Survives Emergency Plane Landing and Shares His Faith in the Process

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Craig Groff

Craig Groff

Craig Groff is a servant. He is willing to go out of his way to help and serve others in the name of Jesus.

Craig and his family have been long-time friends to the ministry of CE National. They have helped with Operation Barnabas and Urban Hope Training Center buses for the ministry.

In December (2018), Craig was serving by flying a child’s remains for a family when he made an emergency landing that has made national news.

Check out his story here and see how he gives a testimony to God’s goodness in a very difficult situation!

Get Help With Your Children’s Ministry from KidzMatter.com

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Get Help With Your Children's Ministry from KidzMatter.com
Get Help With Your Children's Ministry from KidzMatter.com

Ryan Frank with his wife, Beth

Ryan Frank is a 20-year veteran of children’s ministry and has a lot of resources available on his website, kidzmatter.com. Ryan also does online mentoring and training.

“KidzMatter is the go-to resource for children’s ministry leaders, whether you are brand new or you’ve been at it for years. The world of children’s ministry is changing. Are you? At KidzMatter, we are passionate about helping you lead your ministry well. Let’s take this adventure together.

Natalee Cross: New Momentum Youth Conference Intern

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Natalee Cross Momentum Youth Conference Intern
Natalee Cross Momentum Youth Conference Intern

Natalee Cross

Momentum Youth Conference is excited to welcome our new intern for Momentum 2019. Natalee Cross has just joined our staff this week to help assist in many avenues of making the conference successful. Her job responsibilities include helping with plans for ministry outreach, office tasks, housing plans, marketing, and more! Natalee has been a great addition to our team so far. We’ve asked her to introduce herself to you below.

Hello! My name is Natalee Cross. I am a junior at Grace College, double majoring in event and facility management and marketing. I currently work as a resident assistant in the Omega dorm and have a job at the Morgan Library. I am from Kankakee, Illinois, about an hour south of Chicago. I eventually want to work on the corporate side of event planning and ideally a job with kids. I enjoy making coffee and learning new ways and measurements to brew a successful cup!

Get Student Ministry Help With a New Generation of Students

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Get Student Ministry Help With a New Generation of Students

Did it seem like you had everything figured out in youth ministry, then the rules changed when a new generation of students walked through your door? If so, then watch Steve Kozak, CE National’s vice president of youth ministry, talk about how The National Youth Worker Retreat can help.

The National Youth Worker Retreat is your chance to spend time with experts in youth ministry.

Jordan Howerton will lead worship. Sean McDowell, Bruce Barlow, and Steve Kozak will be the main speakers. All four experts will hang out with the youth workers that attend.

The location is right on the Atlantic 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.

Administrative Leaders Announced for Operation Barnabas 2019!

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Cody Ray Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience Leader
Cody Ray Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience Leader

Cody Ray

Operation Barnabas 2019 tour planning is taking place now with a number of interesting and exciting ministry stops already planned for two different tours on two different coasts!

We are also pleased to announce the administrative leaders for each team, both with much experience working with youth and ministry tours!

The East Coast OB team, June 15–July 8, will be led by Cody Ray, the youth pastor and children’s director of Connection Christian Church in York, Pennsylvania.

Cody began his OB experience as a student in 2009 and then served as a leader on the Florida Peninsula team in 2011. He and his wife, Megan, met as students at Lancaster Bible College and have two young children, Rylee and Caleb. Cody has served on staff at Connection Christian for the past seven years and was the recipient of CE National’s Youth Pastor of the Year Award at Momentum 2018. He has a heart for leadership and discipleship and loves to see people move to their next level in life.

Timothy Kurtaneck (TK), director of youth leadership training at CE National, will be the administrative leader for the West Coast OB team, June 22–July 15. TK is married to Dana and they have two adult children, Bekah and Nick. TK recently began his 24th year of ministry here at CE National, has led more OB tours than he can count, and is excited to be leading again this summer!

Operation Barnabas remains committed to helping students learn ministry and to share their faith in Jesus. Team members receive biblical training and practical ministry experience to better prepare them to make a positive impact in our culture by living ON MISSION.

If you know a high school student who loves Jesus, is involved in their local church, and ready to take the next step in their walk with the Lord, then OB is for them! You can find out all the details and online applications, due January 31, here.

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Tyler Kramer Talks About The National Youth Worker Retreat

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Tyler Kramer Talks About The National Youth Worker Retreat

Tyler Kramer, pastor of student ministries at Marysville Grace Church in Marysville, Ohio, talks about The National Youth Worker Retreat.

Come retreat at the beach with us March 18-21, 2019, and enjoy this relational time with your peers while gaining valuable training for your youth ministry.

Jordan Howerton will lead worship. Sean McDowell, Bruce Barlow, and Steve Kozak will be the main speakers. All four will hang out with the youth workers that attend.

The location is right on the Atlantic 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.

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The Reason! Momentum Youth Conference 2019

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Momentum Youth Conference 2019

I Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Momentum Youth Conference 2019 is July 16-21 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Exciting plans are being made for the #bestweekofsummer and we want you there to experience them! Mark your calendar now so you’ll be a part of this great week. Registration opens February 1 at buildmomentum.org. Check out information about speakers, cost, and more…

Galatians: Discovering Freedom in Christ Through Daily Practice

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A Women’s Bible Study by Sue Edwards & Jodie Niznik

Grace is perhaps the most misunderstood doctrine of the Christian faith. If we truly grasped its truth, we’d be set free to live in the power of the Holy Spirit and to live out Christ’s law of love with overwhelming joy. We’d be unstoppable! Join Sue Edwards and Jodie Niznik on the inductive study of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. With each lesson you’ll explore a different spiritual practice and be guided to nuances of grace that will revolutionize your life.

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Best Summer I Ever Had During My High School Years!!

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Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

“Best Summer I Ever Had During My High School Years!!”

This comment about Operation Barnabas was recently posted on the OB Facebook page by one of our alums. We often hear these kinds of testimonials from those who have experienced a tour on Operation Barnabas, and OB 2019 will be just as exciting!

Our East Coast OB team begins in eastern Pennsylvania and tours in the eastern US; OB East Coast dates are June 15–July 8.

The West Coast OB team starts in Los Angeles and will concentrate their tour in Southern California; OB West dates are June 22–July 15.

Two different Tours, Two different coasts, One incredible summer!

Now is the perfect time to apply for OB 2019. There is strong interest in both the East and West Coast team options, but there are still potential openings on both tours. You can access the online OB application and reference forms here.

The final application deadline is Thursday, January 31!

If you have further questions, please contact CE National at 574.267.6622 or obmail@cenational.org.

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Happy New Year! A Fresh, New Start

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A new year, a new beginning, a fresh start. Happy New Year to you and yours as we begin 2019!

With a new year comes a new beginning and the opportunity for a fresh start to do things like immersing ourselves in His Word more fully. To be more bold in sharing our faith with others. To invest ourselves more in the lives of other people. To be more generous with our time, talents, and resources for God’s glory. To be more like Jesus this year than last. And maybe this will be the year that Jesus returns!

May you have a wonderful and blessed 2019 as you seek to live ON MISSION for Jesus!