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  • November 19, 2017

    SUM (Studies in Urban Ministries) Update November 2017

    James Holt, coordinator of the Studies in Urban Ministries program at Urban Hope, talks about the first 3 months. We are now 3 months into our first full year of the Studies in Urban Ministry Program (SUM) at Urban Hope. In August, six students arrived for the program, five from Grace College and one fromContinue reading →

  • November 19, 2017

    New in the CE National Library

    Total Christmas Makeover: 31 Devotions to Celebrate With Purpose – A book by Melissa Spoelstra In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it’s important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ’s birthContinue reading →

  • November 18, 2017

    Dave Knepper Honored for Years of Service

    At the Fall CE National Board of Directors meetings in New York City, long time member of the board of directors, Dave Knepper, was honored for his years of faithful service. Dave, from York (Pennsylvania) Grace Brethren Church, and his wife, Sue, have served for many years in various ministry roles with CE National fromContinue reading →

  • November 17, 2017

    CE National Board of Directors Meet in New York

    The CE National fall Board of Directors meetings were held in New York City last weekend. Friday morning consisted of Ed Lewis, CE National president, giving a report and CFO Jesse DeBoest giving the financial report. After a lunch of NY style pizza, the afternoon consisted of reports and discussions on the future goals andContinue reading →

  • November 15, 2017

    REWIND Kevin Mincey and Jason Holt – Momentum Youth Conference

    Full time ministry is not for the faint-hearted. Kevin Mincey and Jason Holt share their experiences in full-time ministry and encourage students to consider how God could use them. Download their video and discussion guide.

  • November 14, 2017

    New Urban Hope and SUM Websites

    Both the Urban Hope Training Center and the SUM program (Studies in Urban Ministry) have new websites. Special thanks to Matthew Besson, media and arts coordinator at Urban Hope, for using his creative expertise to design both sites. Visit to see the new Urban Hope site and for the SUM program website.

  • November 13, 2017

    Momentum Youth Conference Featured in Connect Faith

    CE National’s Momentum Youth Conference was featured on the Connect Faith website in an article titled “The Evolution of Youth Conferences.” “Buy a ringtone for your Blackberry… choose your “Top 8” on Myspace… refer to Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana… check the mail for a Netflix envelope. These are all things you did in 2007Continue reading →

  • November 12, 2017

    The Perfect Time to Apply for Operation Barnabas 2018

    Now is the perfect time for high school students to think about next summer and consider applying for Operation Barnabas 2018 as we take our tours to the West Coast! CE National encourages every high school student to consider spending part of one summer on some type of ministry experience. Operation Barnabas provides character building,Continue reading →

  • November 12, 2017

    Praising God From Urban Hope

    Ashli Moon, Urban Hope staff member, has these praises and prayer requests from Urban Hope. Praising God for the opportunity to connect with families, provide affordable food, and provide a supplemental job for a couple of church family members during this Thanksgiving season. Praising God that meal registration went really smoothly yesterday, that good conversationsContinue reading →

  • November 11, 2017

    Pastorpedia Plus – Security at the Church

    Security at the Church - Pastorpedia

    Last Sunday’s shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was a tragedy. To have such a small church in a small town targeted, brings the thought to mind that this type of violence could happen in any church in any town. Because of this, two topics are covered in this special editionContinue reading →

  • November 11, 2017

    Ginny Plaster Awarded a CE National Honor

    Last Sunday, Ed Lewis presented Ginny Plaster with a CE National Honor before the Leesburg Grace Brethren Church (Tim Sprankle, pastor).  The award was specifically for Ginny’s ministry in reaching neglected people. Ginny was presented a plaque as well as a bouquet of flowers. Ginny and her late husband, David Plaster, had three biological children.Continue reading →

  • November 11, 2017

    Pastorpedia Live with Knute Larson

    On Wednesday, November 8, Pastor Knute Larson, from his over 40 years of experience, led the Pastorpedia Live discussing the topic of how to make changes in a church. The next Pastorpedia Live is with Dr. Bill Thrasher on February 8, 2018, Dr. Thrasher is currently Moody Theological Seminary’s program head of the MAContinue reading →

  • November 10, 2017

    Pastorpedia Plus – What’s a Church to Do After a Recent Tragedy?

    Last Sunday’s shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was a tragedy. The headlines scream often of tragedy whether it’s shooting, hurricane, or murder. What do we do at church? Two topics are covered in this special edition of Pastorpedia. In this video, Knute, Jeff, and Jim talk about how a pastorContinue reading →

  • November 8, 2017

    New in the CE National Library

    Handoff: a book by Jeff Myers Within two hours of opening this powerful little hardcover book, you’ll know exactly how to put the signature on your legacy. Handoff is an easy-to-read guide that inspires current leaders to play their part in successfully passing the baton of godly faithfulness to the next generation. Written with aContinue reading →

  • November 7, 2017

    REWIND the Aaron Brown with Destiny Rescue Power Track at Momentum Youth Conference 2017

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed when looking at a problem or maybe even a difficult assignment you were asked to do? There is no shortage of difficulties in our world today. But just because challenges abound doesn’t mean we should do nothing to help. Could it be that God has placed you on this earthContinue reading →

  • November 6, 2017

    Group Visits Urban Hope from Meyersdale, Pennsylvania

    Aaron Schafer, the youth pastor from the Meyersdale (Pennsylvania) Grace Brethren Church brought a group of students and adults to the Urban Hope Training Center the weekend of October 20th. The group was very engaged in ministry over the weekend. After orientation on Friday the group did prayer walks in the neighborhood. They also distributedContinue reading →

  • November 4, 2017

    Word on the Street from Urban Hope

    Urban Hope Training Center sends out an email periodically letting people know what’s happening and how to pray for the ministry of Urban Hope. You can read the current issue or sign up to receive the next issue.

  • November 3, 2017

    The Best Weekend of the Year – OB Ministry Reunion

    Last weekend, 33 Operation Barnabas participants from the summer of 2017 gathered for a reunion weekend at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia. It was an incredible time to reconnect and do some significant ministry. The group was challenged with Bible lessons, fed the homeless, and prayed with people all over the city, asContinue reading →

  • October 28, 2017

    New in the CE National Library- Hurricanes For God

    Hurricanes For God: Impacting Our World! A book by Ron Thompson A biblical look at evangelism. To find out more about Hurricanes For God and other titles, visit

  • October 27, 2017

    Pastorpedia Audio is Now on Itunes

    Take Pastorpedia audio with you on your portable device. All issues of Pastorpedia are now available for free on Itunes. Search “Pastorpedia” in your iTunes app or visit the Itunes link here to listen and subscribe.