america: March 07, 2013

CE spreads in the USA

The CE Mid-Atlantic board met for an overnight retreat January 11-12. Key initiatives include continuing the Rebirth CE Campaign. Currently five churches have committed to starting CE in their local settings. Many more churches are considering CE. The ministry is praying God would provide fifteen new churches each year for the next three years. It was also determined at these meetings that the ministry will primarily go by the name "Christian Endeavor" in its public relations efforts in the United States. The ministry will also assume the role of CE-USA in relationship to the WCEU. The primary focus will still be building CE in the Mid-Atlantic States, but will also be a support for existing and emerging groups through phone/skype communication, online resources, the beginning of online youth ministry trainings during 2013, the website, and other ways as time permits. God has certainly been working as the CE Quick Start Manual, available at www.cemidatlantic.org, continues to be downloaded by several interested people. The Manual was updated at the beginning of 2013 representing adjustments suggested to improve the initial Manual released in July. We have also developed a CE Starter Kit that will be sent to churches committing to start CE. This "thank you" gift provides small items that assist an adult youth leader in understanding CE with hands on items. Finally, a retired pastor named Richard "Woody" Woodcock has begun a ministry of encouragement with CE church pastors. Woody has begun visiting and praying with pastors from churches starting CE. Pastor Woody's passion to build up pastors is helping us being the ministry of encouragement we feel God is directing us to be.

March 07, 2013, 13:26 h by by Dave Coryell, Executive Director, CE Mid-Atlant.