Over the past 75 years God has given Child Evangelism Fellowship a number of unique ministries which have proven to be effective tools in our effort to evangelize and disciple children. View the ministries of CEF by classification (below), or click on the specific ministry link (right) you are interested in.
Find out how God continues to use the exciting club ministries CEF offers around the world. Good News Club, a weekly during the school year, is more popular than ever following the Supreme Court victory allowing Good News Club to take place in public schools across America. Our summer 5-Day Club outreach takes place over the course of a five day period, offering a unique opportunity for children to interact with teenagers who receive training in the Christian Youth In Action program.
Truth Chasers Club
Truth Chasers Club has rapidly grown to be one of our most effective ministries. God has allowed us to reach over 483,000 Truth Chasers since February of 1999! This incredible form of evangelism and discipleship is impacting the world for Christ.
Camp Good News
Ranging from day camp to overnight camp, Camp Good News has long been one of the children's favorite CEF ministries. Check with your local CEF chapter to find out when and where a Camp Good News will be taking place near you.
Military Children's Ministries
Military life can be difficult for all involved. Children in military families need people in their lives to anchor them in Jesus Christ, the Rock of Ages. A Good News Club held in a home or school in a military neighborhood provides stability and life-changing truth.
Ministry to Children of Prisoners
Children of prisoners have a 70% chance of going to prison when they grow-up. The only way this cycle will stop is if the children have their hearts transformed by the Lord Jesus Christ. We are making a difference in the lives of these children throughout the year through the Truth Chasers Club.
In 2002, CEF launched the Wonderzone.com project. This unique site allows trained counselors to disciple children in a real-time, interactive environment. As a result, tens of thousands of children each year are counseled in an in-depth, ongoing, culturally relevant way. This is an international ministry that has language specific websites in 14 countries. Many children have given their lives to Christ and the depth of discipleship they receive has had a significant impact on many lives.
Military Children's Ministries
About four million people call the U.S. military "home." This includes over one million children of military and civilian personnel. Within this American subculture, approximately 25 to 35 percent of the people in a given community move every year. Most assignments for people in the U.S. military last a mere two to three years with the end of the assignment possibly bringing a move across the world. Children in this environment must continually adjust and make new friends. One or both parents may leave on deployment or on an unaccompanied assignment for six months to a year. Military life can be difficult for all involved. These children need people in their lives to anchor them in Jesus, the Rock of Ages.
A Good News Club is held in a home or school in the military neighborhood that is safe for a child to go to in time of trouble. It brings the teaching of biblical morality to this neighborhood. It connects the child and family to others where they live developing a good community spirit. It assists the chapel in reaching the children during the week and discipling the children in the Word of God.
A ministry for reaching the children of incarcerated prisoners
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. —Matthew 25:35-36
CEF has committed to coming alongside the children of inmates to help them have the most promising future possible. These kids are bearing the consequences of their parents' actions. An inmate chooses to walk the wrong path and his children often follow.
Fact: According to the Bureau of Justice statistics there were 2,239,800 adults incarcerated at the end of 2011. More than twice that number (4,814,200) were under supervision of probation or parole.
Fact: There are more than 1.7 million children who have a parent in state or federal prison.
Fact: According to U.S. Senate Report (Report 106-404 September 8, 2000), children of prisoners are six times more likely than other children to be incarcerated at some point in their lives. Without effective intervention strategies, as many as 70 percent of these children will become involved with the criminal justice system.
Fact: We must break the cycle of children of prisoners becoming prisoners themselves. With this critical need in mind, it is our goal to put the "What Went Wrong?" booklet in the hands of every one of the 2.2 million inmates in this country.
Truth Chasers Club
The Truth Chasers Club is an exciting Bible correspondence club designed to disciple children and adults. God has allowed us to reach over 499,000 Truth Chasers since February of 1999!
Hundreds of completed lessons are received in the mail daily! Dedicated volunteers come from all over the nation to help make a difference in children’s lives through the ministry of the Truth Chasers Club. They are "the heart" of the ministry as they grade each lesson by hand. They also pray for each student’s requests and include hand-written notes to encourage the students. Every lesson is graded, prayed over, and sent back to the student, along with the next lesson in the series. This is a personal ministry where kids are ministered to every day!
Just for kids, visit truthchasersclub.com.
Would you like to join the Truth Chasers Club? It’s easy. Find out how here or call 1-800-300-4033, ext. 1351.
Camp Good News
The international Camp Good News program has been an active part of the ministry of CEF throughout the years. Using CEF owned or rented facilities, trained staff maintain an exciting program focused on evangelism and discipleship.
The dates, format and cost of Camp Good News are typically different in each local area. Find a camp.
Child Evangelism Fellowship nor any of its chapters has ever been a sponsor of, employed personnel, or had any other affiliation with Camp Good News of Sandwich, Massachusetts. CEF does operate summer camp programs under the name “Camp Good News” which is a registered trademark of CEF.
Good News Club
What is a Good News Club?
Good News Club is a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship in which trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes, just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent's permission. Each week the teacher presents an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press. This action-packed time also includes songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson's theme.
As with all CEF ministries, the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.
Can we really teach the Bible in public schools?
Yes! The Gospel has been taught freely in public schools all over the world for some time. Now children in the U.S. have that opportunity, too! In 2001 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Good News Clubs v. Milford Central School that Good News Clubs can meet in public schools in the United States after school hours on the same terms as other community groups. Children attend Good News Club only with their parents' permission.
What is taught in Good News Club?
Each week an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press is presented. This action-packed time also includes songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson's theme.
Each club includes a clear presentation of the Gospel and an opportunity for children to trust the Lord Jesus as Savior. Every club also includes strong discipleship training to build character and strengthen moral and spiritual growth. All children are encouraged to attend a local church.
Who teaches a Good News Club?
Christians who are concerned for boys and girls work together volunteering their time and energy to teach Good News Club. They are trained by Child Evangelism Fellowship to have a club that is exciting and informative so that children will want to keep coming. Teachers are asked to sign the CEF Statement of Faith and agree to abide by the policies of the organization. Adults working with the program are screened according to our child protection policy.
In the United States there is a movement among churches to adopt a public school Good News Club. Read more.
How can I get involved?
There are several opportunities to be involved with a Good News Club. You can pray for the children and teachers in the club. Become a club teacher or helper by contacting your local chapter and asking about training and opportunities. Read more.