CEF USA National Conference 2016

May 16-20, 2016
Ridgecrest Conference Center
Asheville, NC

  • Registration page.
  • Conference begins with registration on Monday, 2 PM - 5 PM, followed by dinner and a concert.

  • The last sessions ends Thursday night at 8:45 PM.  Breakfast is served on Friday morning.

$100 discount for high school graduates and those under 30 at time of conference. Limited to first 100 people.  Indicate qualification for coupon on registration form.

CONFERENCE RATES and REGISTRATION

SPEAKERS and MUSICIANS

WORKSHOPS

SCHEDULE

EXHIBITORS

CHILDREN and TEENS

CONFERENCE RATES and REGISTRATION

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PLANNING YOUR TRIP

RIDGECREST CONFERENCE CENTER

 

See our entire collection of conference videos.

Request conference flyers  from your local or state CEF office or download it. State and local offices may obtain free flyers through CEF Press. Minimal shipping charges apply.

Exhibitors

Welcome to our CEF USA National Conference Exhibitor Gallery.

Protect My Ministry    www.protectmyministry.com
Crossway   www.crossway.com
Pray for Me Campaign http://www.theyouthnetwork.org/pray-for-me-campaign
Dirt Cheap Christian Wear  http://www.dirtcheapchristianwear.com
Jesus Film Project http://app.jesusfilmmedia.org
Bible Visuals International www.biblevisuals.org
Ark Encounter www.arkencounter.com
Robert J. Morgan http://www.robertjmorgan.com/
Sword Smith Records http://swordsmithrecords.com/
Good News Across America/Recruitment www.facebook.com/goodnewsacrossamerica
Global Partnership Ministry
CMI/CMI Online www.facebook.com/CMIOnline
Military Children’s Ministry of CEF www.facebook.com/cefmcm
CEF USA Ministries www.facebook.com/cef.usa
CEF Press Spanish Ministry www.cefonline.com/spanish
CEF Press www.cefpress.com
Christmas Across America www.christmasacrossamerica.com
Bring Them In www.bringthemin.com
Mission Talk www.missiontalk.com

Workshops

Children Praise Lord webIntroducing Quick Start—Good News Club® Training!
Ashley Alden

You have asked and we have answered!  Come to this workshop to be introduced to Quick Start—Good News Club® training. Quick Start consists of seven sessions for use in training individuals and churches to start a Good News Club.  You will see clips from the training and learn how to use it. Come and see how Quick Start can revitalize your Good News Club training ministry!


The Five Ws of Christmas Across America
Ashley Alden

God used Christmas Across America℠ in 2015 to reach over 64,000 children and adults!  Come learn the five Ws (Who, What, When, Where, Why) of Christmas Across America from people who have effectively implemented this ministry. Hear ideas and strategies for reaching more children, building new church partnerships and expanding your Party Club ministry throughout the year!


Kid Tested—Kid Approved
Nathan Hamilton and Tina Buschman
 
Are you looking for fun ways to keep kids interested and help them learn? We went straight to the experts—the children themselves! Using their feedback we developed some new ideas then tried them out with kids in various settings. These ideas have been kid tested and kid approved! Don’t miss this fun-filled workshop with lots of practical ideas that will help children stay engaged and focused on the awesome truth of God’s Word.
 
 
Keeping Kids Right Side Up in an Upside-Down World
Tina Buschman
 
Children today are encountering a variety of circumstances that can turn their worlds upside down—divorce of parents, abuse, violence, natural disasters and more. In this session we will look at what you can do as a teacher to prepare children for the hard times they might encounter and help the child who is currently going through a difficult situation.


Elevating the Prayer Level of Your Ministry
Thomas Bush

Author Daniel Henderson writes, “The prayer level of [a ministry] never grows beyond the personal example and passion of its senior leaders.”  This interactive session will provide strategies, methods and tools to raise the effectiveness of prayer in your ministry to the next level.


Rationale for Revision of Curriculum
Carol Johnson

A couple of years ago CEF leaders and field staff in the U.S and around the world were asked to evaluate our curriculum. Their input revealed three key areas in which change was needed to make our curriculum relevant to today’s children and consistent with the core documents of CEF:
1. The Gospel teaching needed to be more consistent with the Gospel Guidelines in CEF’s core guiding documents.
2. The teaching for saved children needed to focus on heart change and not merely on change in behavior.
3. We needed to meet the needs of children in today’s world, who are growing up without the knowledge of God and the Bible found in kids in previous generations.
This session will highlight specific changes that meet these needs and provide a context for the ongoing revision of our curriculum.


What’s Really Our First Priority? (Part 1)
Practical Ways to Orient Our Lives around God not Ministry (Part 2)
Carol Johnson

Note: This workshop is a two-part series. We suggest that attendees go to both workshops to get the most benefit.

It is easy in ministry to blur the line between work for God and life with God. Which one is the true source of significance? Which one is the true priority? Articulating a biblical answer is usually not a problem. But do our schedules and choices reflect what we know to be true? Is work in its proper place in our lives day in and day out? Are we experiencing an intimate relationship with God that leads to the abundant life God promises? Ministry cannot satisfy the longings of our heart. Commitment to ministry does not equal commitment to God.

We’ll talk about practical ways to allow God access to our hearts so He can change them, reorient our direction, strip us of dependencies and renew our focus. Implementing these ideas will yield benefits in our personal lives and in our ministry!

 

Promoting Ministry through Effective Church Partnership Presentations
John Luck

In John Luck’s leadership of Good News Across America®, he has presented to hundreds of churches and will share various techniques on how to give presentations to church partners. He will focus on how to start the conversation, how to respond to what a pastor tells you during the conversation, and how to tailor the message to the one with whom you are meeting.  He will also provide tips and handouts to help you produce materials for your own presentations.


Funding Your Ministry
Nerus McEwen

Is your ministry rolling in money?  If not, attend this seminar where you will learn specific ways to build your team and increase funding.  There are proven repeatable practices you can implement to build relationships and produce income for ministry.


Three Keys to Successful Banquets
Richard Summerford

Have you wondered why your banquet has not generated funds or increased year to year?  Would you like to know how to gather $30K, $50K or even $150K through your banquet? Attend this session to learn simple techniques to make your banquet more successful.


The Board's and Committee’s Role in Funding Ministry
Richard Summerford

Do your Board, Committee and staff know their roles in the ministry? This session will help you understand the principles of fund gathering and the importance of having a funding program. You will learn the Board and Committee’s role in fund raising and what they can do to empower the staff to do the work of ministry.


Making your Ministry Marketable
Brendan Troost

How do you communicate vision, financial plans and growth strategy to a donor in less than ten minutes? Find out in this question and answer forum on ministry marketing development.


Mobilizing Inner City Churches to Partner with CEF®
Martha Wright

Ministry in the inner city is challenging yet very rewarding! Large numbers of needy children crowd into schools, where teachers and administrators are often overwhelmed by the children’s unique problems. Bible-believing churches have an open door to minister in the schools, but how can we mobilize them to partner with CEF? In this workshop we will discuss methods you can immediately put into practice to engage inner city churches. Learn about the successful strategy we’re using in Baltimore, Maryland to mobilize inner city pastors and churches to establish Good News Clubs in neighborhood schools to reach their communities with the Gospel.


The Millennials: Serving in Ministry with America’s Largest Generation
Beth Lamb

Millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—serve CEF as CYIAers, CMI graduates, interns and staff. This workshop will examine ways to lead and serve this valuable generation.

Registering for USA National Conference 2016

Please take note:   The registration for this conference is different than it has been in the past.

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The conference registration is in two steps.

  • Step one: Conference Registration should be completed by every individual or head of household (1 registration/family) attending. CEF USA Ministries needs complete information on each individual attending.  
  • Step two: Room Reservation should be completed by one individual from each group of roommates. Room reservations are made directly through Ridgecrest Conference Center. It is very important that the person appointed to register lists the first and last name(s) of the roommates in the Special Requests field.

STEP ONE: CONFERENCE REGISTRATION (through USA Ministries) should be completed by everyone.  Register Here

Children   Children’s ages are needed to prepare adequately for child care and the youth track.

Flight Information   Shuttle service will be provided from the Asheville airport to Ridgecrest at scheduled intervals on Monday, May 16. At the airport there will be a CEF welcome area to wait for your shuttle.

STEP TWO:  ROOM RESERVATION (through Ridgecrest Conference Center)

The room reservation process is similar to booking a room at a hotel. You will be directed to the room reservation website after completing the conference registration (step one).

  • DEPOSIT  Your deposit ($59 for standard, $79 for deluxe) is refundable minus a $10/room processing fee if cancelling 60 or more days prior to arrival, one-half refundable if cancelling 30-59 days prior to arrival. Deposit is non-refundable if cancelling less than 30 days prior to arrival.

  • CHILDREN 5 and under  Note in Special Requests the number of children age 5 or younger. When you arrive at Ridgecrest and register, they will deduct any charges for children 5 and under.

  • $100 Coupon for those high school graduates who are under 30.  For those receiving $100 coupons, the coupon will be deducted before your final payment.  Note in Special Requests “100 coupon” by any person’s name that qualifies.

  • SHARING A ROOM

Only one person books and pays the deposit to Ridgecrest. If a room is shared, roommates will want to appoint one person to register and pay the deposit.

At the time of reservation, only a deposit is needed  ($59 for standard, $79 for deluxe).

Each roommate can pay his/her portion of the room, food and conference fees when arriving at Ridgecrest.  

It is very important that the person appointed to register lists the first and last name(s) of the roommates in the Special Requests field.

Heads up: If a room is reserved for three people and only two people show up, the difference between a triple and double will be charged to two people at check out. In Pritchell that would be $19.50 per person.

** RIDGECREST or USA MINISTRIES WILL NOT BE ASSIGNING ROOMMATES. You must have your roommates selected when you make your room reservation with Ridgecrest. **  USA Ministries will keep a list of those seeking roommates at https://www.cefonline.com/usa-staff-home-page/general-information-and-notices/2226-interested-in-finding-a-roommate-for-national-conference (available for staff only). If you would like to be published on the seeking roommate list, send your name and email address to usa@cefonline.com.

STANDARD ROOM

Adults

Per Person

Total

Pritchell

# per Room

Food/Conf

Room

Total Per Person

Group Charge

Single

1

271

236

507

507

Double

2

271

118

389

778

Triple

3

271

79

350

1050

DELUXE ROOM

Adults

Per Person

Total

Mountain Laurel

# per Room

Food/Conf

Room

Total Per Person

Group Charge

Single

1

271

316

587

587

Double

2

271

158

429

858

Triple

3

271

105

376

1129

Quad

4

271

79

350

1400

Conference Rates and Registration

We are delighted to announce:  CONFERENCE RATES ARE LOWER THAN THEY HAVE BEEN FOR THE PAST TWO CONFERENCES!

Below is a list of conference room and board rates. All rates are per person and applicable for May 16-20 only. Meals are included, beginning with supper on May 16 and ending with breakfast on May 20. A deposit of one night’s room stay ($59 for standard, $79 for deluxe) is required with each reservation. For extra meals or room nights, please call Ridgecrest after completing the required online registration.  

REGISTER HERE.  

Pritchell (Standard)

  • Single: $507
  • Double: $389
  • Triple: $350

Mountain Laurel (Deluxe)

  • Single: $587
  • Double: $429
  • Triple: $376
  • Quadruple: $350

Children and Youth (meals only, when lodging with parents)

  • 0-5: Free
  • 6-11: $66
  • 12-17: $121

Children and Teens at CEF National Conference 2016

Our families are important to us, and we are pleased to offer FREE childcare for infants through grade six! Childcare will be available each day from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM and 6:45 PM-9:00 PM. We need to plan staff to care for your children, so please help us by registering early (April 15 would be a great date to aim for, and would also give you a chance at winning one of three fabulous prizes!).

Please note that the following minimal meal rates apply for children. These may be paid in advance or at check-in.

  • 0-5: FREE
  • 6-11: $66
  • 12-17: $121

Teen Track Information
Ages—Grades 7-12
Meal rates: Ages 12-17, $121. Those who are 18 at the time of the conference pay full conference prices, and are eligible for the $100 discount.