• Great Websites for Youth Ministry

    We asked two of our experienced friends in youth ministry, Matt Vosberg and Nick Deck, what websites they use for ministry and think are great resources. With so much out there, where do you start looking for good stuff? Here is a valuable list of good sites and sources they recommended. Enjoy! To find moreContinue reading →

  • Five Keys to Equip Others and Multiply Your Ministry – Tom Julien

    A ministry with the greatest harvest is one where there is reproduction—multiplication of the efforts of the leader in the lives of others. But as a pastor you can be very busy with day-to-day ministry. How can you do one more thing? Learn how to multiply your efforts by reading this article by Tom Julien.Continue reading →

  • The Most Important Things a Pastor Can Do To Connect With His Local Community

    Pastor Bob Combs has been in ministry for over forty years.  “For all those who know him,” says Timothy Kurtaneck of CE National, “there is no denying that he is one good looking guy!”  We asked Pastor Bob to share what he has seen to be the most important parts of a pastor connecting withContinue reading →

  • Three Huge Wins From Doing Ministry Through a Youth Leadership Team

    Eric Miller loves using student interns and leaders as a key component in the structure of his youth ministry. Currently in his 12th year serving as pastor of youth at Grace Community Church in Frederick, Maryland, Eric is continually pouring into his leadership level students, equipping them in all aspects of youth ministry with aContinue reading →

  • The Three Most Important Ways a Lead Pastor Can Invest Himself

    This is for my wife, Jeanine, and every other wife, and God also. Shepherd, lead, and teach, are secondary to my relationship with God and then family, and the love work that is attached to them! But when it comes to the church: shepherd, lead, teach. No question.

  • Ed Lewis Talks About Living ON MISSION

    Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National, talks about what it takes for a believer to live ON MISSION. What a joy to see you walking in the faith! I love that you serve Jesus and that you are living for Him. My goal in life has been to stimulate vision for the needs ofContinue reading →

  • 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 →