The CE National Board of Directors met in Warsaw with the AGORA consulting group on Friday, May 19. Friday evening the board had dinner with the CE National office staff in Winona Lake, Indiana. Please see the update letter from CE National Board President, Jon Rauch, for the main decisions of the meetings.
A letter from Jon Rauch, CE National Board of Directors President.
Dear Friends of CE National:
Our recent CE National board meetings in Indiana were very exciting and positive. I would like to report to you what we discussed. Every board member was in attendance; we heard incredible news reported to us that CE National continues to make a difference in the world and in making an impact in so many areas of ministry. The board set a clear vision for the future on how to continue to grow our mission. We engaged an outside consulting firm to provide assistance on the direction by conducting a survey of CE National by getting feedback from our Board and Executive Staff. The firm, The AGORA Group from Colorado, a very well-respected organization who has worked with many faith-based non-profits, was very impressed with our vision and our passion for the local church and seeing people live ON MISSION. As the board met with the firm it was clear that they were impressed with the team that is guiding us. They mentioned how it is so encouraging to see the ways we are impacting people and churches, and how strong we are in so many areas.
After AGORA led us through some good questions and helpful suggestions, the board, along with Ed Lewis, Executive Director, had time to reflect, think, and discuss the future. We talked about how CE National is operated, what we are doing presently, the vision we have, and what we need to be doing: going forward to continue with our mission. While our vision and mission are great it is now the time to begin the process of evaluating and restructuring CE National for the next season of effective ministry.
We need to implement some changes to CE National to impact our vision and mission to reach the rising generations, neglected people groups, and provide biblical leadership. We asked ourselves, “Are we really seeing the opportunities before us? Are believers and local churches really embracing the ON MISSION emphasis and living it out? How can we become more effective in assisting believers to get out of their comfort zones and learn to engage with lost people? How can we help people to be ‘disciples’ of Jesus and not make mere decisions?”
As some of you may know, Ed Lewis was considering retiring from leading CE National in the summer of 2018 after 45 years of ministry with CE National. But after a great deal of discussion, reflection and heart-seeking with the board, Ed has agreed to remain at the helm of CE National. The board unanimously affirmed their belief that Ed is the right person to continue leading CE National during this period of evaluation and restructure. We asked Ed to remain as the CEO of CE National as we make these changes and he agreed. While this was different from what Ed and the board had anticipated, we believe this timing and direction change was from the Lord. Ed and the board are enthusiastic about the dialogue and steps that will lead to some restructuring and staff growth.
CE National has grown from a small staff of six people that started in the rented basement of the Herald Company to having staff offices in Winona Lake, Indiana, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is now an organization impacting over 2500 young adults a year through our youth programs, training over 1500 believers to live ON MISSION annually through the Urban Hope Training Center, partnering with Grace College to prepare young men and women for ministry, and much more. CE National operates out of a number of well-used facilities, has a staff of 25, and has plans for continued GROWTH. We want to expand our ministries to be the most impactful catalyst for seeing believers learn to take ministry seriously and impact their churches and communities in positive ways.
Thank you for your continued financial support and prayers; without you none of this would be possible! These are exciting times for us. We believe in our vision and mission and we want churches to be strong! Join us in praying that we will be a strong, clear catalyst for believers to be trained and mobilized to be ON MISSION.
CE National Board President
Family and Discipleship Pastor, Grace Community Church, Goshen, IN