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2018 National CEF Conference

Every two years, people like you in faith formation roles gather for a 4-day conference. Planning for our 2018 conference is well underway, and here are some early details!

Date and Location

October 9-12, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa
at The Marriott Downtown Des Moines Hotel

Des Moines? Really? #NotToBrag, but Iowa is pretty awesome.


  • Theme: Intergenerational Faith Formation
  • Keynote: John Roberto of Lifelong Faith Associates
  • Excellent Bible Studies
  • Supportive “Communities of Practice”
  • Inspiring worship
  • Practical workshops

This conference will encourage and help all who are passionate about Christian education, age-level ministries, and faith formation in the local congregations and broader UMC to:

  • Be well resourced in the field of Christian education, age-level ministries, and faith formation
  • Learn and expand one’s skills – be challenged to grow
  • Be spiritually nourished and renewed
  • Be inspired and moved to shared new learnings and experiences in local congregations and the greater UMC
  • Experience inspiring, soul-shaping Bible Study and worship
  • Exchange and share ideas with others who are passionate about faith formation ministries
  • Provide professional affirmation and mutual support
  • Build fellowship---affirming friendships and welcoming new friends

Who Should Come

Whether you are engaged in a faith formation ministry in a full-time, part-time, or volunteer capacity, this 2018 CEF conference is for YOU! 

  • Leaders engaged in faith formation ministries
  • Annual conference staff persons
  • Clergy with a passion for the teaching ministries of the church and the develop of faithful Christian disciples
  • College, university, graduate school and seminary professors and students
  • Those who have spent their career life in local congregations as Christian educators and who are retired but who also want to encourage those working today in this field

Registration - Save Your Spot!

Early Bird Registration - $350
(Begins soon through August 2017. Full conference and registration details will be announced soon.)

Space is limited, and we will sell out. We don't want you to miss out, so secure your spot now! A $100 payment will save your spot and guarantee you get the lowest price available. Plus, you'll get an exclusive conference t-shirt plus a surprise package that includes an album download by Jeff Lowery, an ebook of devotions by Tim Gossett that you can give to your graduating seniors, curriculum, and other surprises that you'll get at the conference. When registration opens, you'll get a discount code which will knock your $100 payment off your price. Limited to the first 100 registrants.

Register today to save your spot.
($100 minimum; balance due by Dec. 31, 2017; fully refundable until Dec. 31, 2017)

The mission of CEF is to develop leaders in faith formation to equip people of all ages to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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