A Network for Persons in Faith Formation

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. Since 1968, CEF has been a place where children’s ministers, youth directors, pastors, directors of family ministry, and many others have found community, resources, support and learning.

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

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]

Our Values

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

Membership Benefits

When you become a member of CEF, you’ll have daily access to people from around the country with similar passions, ministry settings, and experience.

Nooks and Neighborhoods

Virtual Nooks connect like-minded leaders to discuss areas of interest, all available to you any time you need them.

Neighborhoods provide regional opportunities to connect in person with other CEF members, such as meet-ups or local workshops.

Resources and Training

As a member, you receive regular communication through emails and social media outreach that will guide you through the latest CEF content, such as blog posts, reading lists, Nooks, webinars, archived content, and more.

Crowd-sourced Ideas

Receive and share great ideas from other faith formation leaders. Contribute to the CEF blog or share reproducible free content with our membership. Get connected to a network of leaders who are learning together.

Private Facebook Group

CEF members have access to a closed Facebook group for in-depth conversations, giveaways, additional recommended articles and so on. Be informed about job postings, hear about the latest trends in faith formation leadership, and get connected to creative minds.

Member Directory

Connect with others who can relate to your situation.

Conference discount

Members receive a discount on our CEF conferences and trainings.

Who Can Join CEF?

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

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