Christians Engaged in Faith Formation

What is CEF?

CEF is an association of United Methodists and persons from other denominations who have responsibility for Christian education or faith formation in any of its diverse forms, in and beyond the local church.


To develop leaders in faith formation to equip people of all ages to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. 


  • Attention to God’s Movement in the world
  • Christian discipleship as a way of life 
  • Accessible, affordable, relevant peer learning
  • Nimble organization


Leaders connected to one another and to God, energized for the work of faith formation, and guided by Acts 2:42:

 "The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers." [CEB]


As Christians and leaders in faith formation, we must be attuned to how God is moving in the world. We cannot ignore the needs of God's children and the struggles of God's people wherever they may be.

We believe that Christian discipleship must be a way of life, a life of service to God and God's people. It is not something that only happens on Sunday or within the confines of the church building, but must be lived each day wherever we may be.

CEF is a place for peer learning, utilizing the tools of the day and meeting the needs of the day. Costs shall be reasonable so that we may best support one another as we all struggle with limited budgets.

Nimbleness is important so that we may quickly adjust to the changing times even as we stay true to the faith that has continued for millennia.

The vision of CEF is a place of connection. It is a place for leaders in faith formation to come together to worship God and strengthen one another for our ongoing ministry. We believe we must continue to learn, to gather and to pray together so that we may pass on the faith with sincerity and conviction.

 CEF is committed to build up leaders in faith formation so that people of all ages join together in the life of Christian discipleship.


Anyone, regardless of denomination and employment status, including those studying faith formation and those who have retired from this work.


  • Get access to training (e.g. webinars, conferences), networking, and fellowship opportunities
  • Connect with others in similar ministry roles through a Nook or Neighborhood
  • Crowd-source opportunities to share ministry ideas and resources you have created with others
  • Learn with seasoned faith formation leaders working with all ages and people inside and outside of church settings.
  • Enhance your professional skills and knowledge through active participation in a membership organization
  • Be part of an organization that helps shape the foundation and future of Christian education

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CEF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. PO Box 546 South Beach, OR 97366

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