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  • November 14, 2018

    Tyler Kramer Available to Speak at Your Next Youth Event

    Tyler Kramer

    Tyler is a man who loves the Lord first and foremost. He is a passionate and dynamic speaker that loves to engage students and challenge them to take the next steps in their faith, because “True faith moves to action.” Some of the topics Tyler is passionate about communicating are: the Gospel and making sureContinue reading →

  • November 12, 2018

    Balmer Building Turns Three Years Old

    Balmer Building at CE National's Urban Hope

    One the biggest blessings to the ministry at Urban Hope Training Center Philadelphia is the Balmer Building. The Balmer Building now gives a very comfortable place for visiting teams to stay while they are at UHTC to do ministry training and serve others in the name of Jesus. This fully renovated facility on the cornerContinue reading →

  • November 12, 2018

    New in the CE National Library: Old Testament Characters

    Old Testament Characters: learning to walk with God; 12 Bible studies for individuals or groups By Peter Scazzero Abraham gives us an unforgettable portrait of faith. Daniel is a classic example of holiness. Through her willingness to risk her own life, Esther shows us what commitment means. This LifeGuide explores the lives of these andContinue reading →

  • November 11, 2018

    Grace Christian School in Blacklick, Ohio, Performs Romans 8 Speech Choir

    One of the staples of an Operation Barnabas high school ministry team is that we memorize Scripture and recite it as a “Speech Choir” in church services. One of our Operation Barnabas adult leaders, Heidi Bedford, taught her 4th grade students the Romans 8 Speech Choir this school year and they performed it in chapelContinue reading →

  • November 10, 2018

    “I am Excited for this Coming March,” Steve Kozak, VP of Youth Ministries for CE National

    Steve Kozak

    Steve Kozak, CE National’s vice president of youth ministries, is excited to be involved in the National Youth Worker Retreat this coming March. Steve will enjoy rubbing shoulders with youth pastors and workers. He’ll also speak on a couple of topics: Next Gen Youth Ministry: What Changes are Coming? Discipling Mission-minded Students The retreat willContinue reading →

  • November 10, 2018

    Five Practical Suggestions to Help Your Church Get the Most out of the Christmas Season

    Five Practical Suggestions to Help Your Church Get the Most out of the Christmas Season

    Holidays are a wonderful time to point people to Jesus. With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas on its heels, here’s a Pastorpedia that Knute Larson, Jeff Bogue, and Jim Brown recorded a few years ago with helpful suggestions for all holidays. In order to help you begin planning now for Christmas, here areContinue reading →

  • November 6, 2018

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

    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.Continue reading →

  • November 5, 2018

    New in the CE National Library: Couples of the Old Testament

    Couples of the Old Testament: Nine Studies for Individuals or Groups A Bible study by Dale & Sandy Larsen In the pages of the Old Testament we find couples who live with chronic disappointment and couples who overcome all obstacles to be together. There are arranged marriages, fiercely loving marriages, enduring marriages, an instant marriage,Continue reading →

  • November 4, 2018

    Hang Out with Jordan Howerton at the National Youth Worker Retreat

    Jordan Howerton at the National Youth Worker Retreat

    Jordan Howerton, Momentum Youth Conference worship leader, will return to the National Youth Worker Retreat. Jordan will lead worship and enjoy being with the youth workers who attend. The retreat will be held March 18-21, 2019, at El Caribe Resort in Daytona Beach, Florida. Sean McDowell will speak during the retreat plus spend time withContinue reading →

  • November 3, 2018

    A Great Weekend for the Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Reunion

    It was a great weekend in Philadelphia with our Operation Barnabas students! Over 30 students participated on the OB 2018 Reunion Weekend at Urban Hope Training Center Philadelphia, October 26-28.   The weekend was a good time of reconnecting and hearing how God has been working in the lives of students since thisContinue reading →

  • October 31, 2018

    New in the CE National Library: Going on for God

    Going on for God: Encouraging the Next Generation to Grow Up and Go on for God. A book By Mel Walker This book is a practical conversation for Christian parents and church leaders who are interested in proactive suggestions for encouraging the next generation to grow up spiritually and live their adult lives as devotedContinue reading →

  • October 30, 2018

    Hang Out and Learn From Sean McDowell at the National Youth Worker Retreat

    Sean McDowell speaking at 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. Sean McDowell will speak during the retreat plus spend time with youth workers. Jordan Howerton will return this year to lead worship and hang out with youth workers. BruceContinue reading →

  • October 29, 2018

    Now is the Best Time to Apply for Operation Barnabas!

    Next summer, Operation Barnabas, our ministry-training team for high school students, will travel and serve in two different locations on two tours with separate dates. Our East Coast OB team begins in eastern Pennsylvania and tours in the eastern US, June 15–July 8, 2019. The West Coast OB team starts in Los Angeles and willContinue reading →

  • October 27, 2018

    Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, Church Distributes Plastic Bag Mats to Homeless in Philly

    Meyersdale Church Distributes Plastic Bag Mats to Homeless in Philly

    Urban Hope Philadelphia welcomed a team from the Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren Church last weekend. The team brought plastic bag mats that people in their church had spent over 1,000 hours making for Philadelphia’s homeless. Each mat takes 40 hours and several hundred plastic bags to crochet. The mat is warm, does not hold water,Continue reading →

  • October 26, 2018

    Urban Hope Celebrates 20 Years of Ministry

    Last Sunday marked the 20th Anniversary of Urban Hope Philadelphia. Over 18,000 people have been impacted as a result of the ministry of Urban Hope. Dozens of people have come to Christ and a church program has been established in the community. During the anniversary celebration Chuck Miller shared his incredible story. Chuck is aContinue reading →

  • October 24, 2018

    Pastorpedia Live, Dr. Michael Wittmer, November 7 – The Historical Adam and the Human Genome

    Dr. Michael Wittmer

    You know about the ongoing discussion between Scripture and science, but have you heard about the most recent discoveries that are shaking the evangelical world? Studies of the human genome, which was mapped in 2003, have prompted many evangelical scientists and theologians to conclude that humans and chimpanzees share a common ancestry and that theContinue reading →

  • October 23, 2018

    Will You Help With the Urban Hope Thanksgiving Offering?

    In the Kensington section of inner-city Philadelphia live people who do not have the means to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. While the greatest need is spiritual, we also believe that Jesus cares for the physical needs of people. Through your support we hope to provide 300 meals to families who need help this holiday season.Continue reading →

  • October 21, 2018

    New in the CE National Library – Two Books by Bodie & Brock Thoene

    Dunkirk Crescendo As spring 1940 unfolds in Paris, war is inevitable. AP journalist Josephine Marlow is asked to undertake a dangerous journey which may result in a miracle at Dunkirk Harbor that could save thousands of refugee children. Paris Encore Now assigned to the Paris, AP office, American journalist Josephine Marlow sees the impending dangerContinue reading →

  • October 20, 2018

    Learn by Doing on Operation Barnabas Summer Ministry Experience

    Summer Ministry Experience - Operation Barnabas

    Students who participate on Operation Barnabas have the unique opportunity of learning ministry skills while doing ministry! There is no better way to gain the training and confidence to serve and minister to others than having the experience of hands-on ministry training, which is a vital part of Operation Barnabas! Students who apply for OBContinue reading →

  • October 16, 2018

    Ed Short: Ministry Consultant Offered to You by CE National

    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 trainerContinue reading →