News from Child Evangelism Fellowship
New Strategic Partnership between Child Evangelism Fellowship and Calvary University
Warrenton MO, August 12, 2019 — Child Evangelism Fellowship® and Calvary University signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement at the International Headquarters for CEF® in Warrenton.
Students in the greater St. Louis area can now more easily attend Calvary University by attending classes offered at convenient times at the International Headquarters facilities for CEF. Likewise, Calvary University will make their facilities in Kansas City MO, and Fort Morgan CO, available for CEF ministry training. Credits for attending CEF Children’s Ministries Institute® will be awarded by Calvary University and CMI students are encouraged to further their education through Calvary. Tuition discounts and financial cooperation are part of the agreement.
Dr. Christopher Cone, President of Calvary University, said, “Over the years I’ve had a lot of opportunity to teach church history. I have assessed many different ministries, to see how God has worked. I’m so thankful for the ministry of CEF because it’s so impactful…around the world. I have seen no greater ministry in the history of the church, that has had the impact CEF has had.”
Child Evangelism Fellowship reached well over 25 million children with face-to-face teaching around the world in 2018. Ninety-six percent of its 3,500+ full-time workers are nationals, strategically equipped and supported by CEF to effectively reach boys and girls in their nations with the Gospel. More workers are needed for the great harvest, so CEF is pleased to partner with quality institutions to help students gain a vision for the world’s children.
Calvary University continues to be recognized for excellence in Christian education. CU’s graduate Ministry and Pastoral Leadership programs were recognized among the nation’s best ministry degrees by BestSchools.org this year. In addition, CU was awarded the #2 ranking in the “Best Online Christian College” category by BestSchools.org.
Reese Kauffman, President of CEF, said regarding the partnership with CU, “A partnership matters when both sides can accomplish something they cannot do separately. We can train children’s workers, but we need to attract them to this ministry. Calvary University can further educate and attract students. We spent much time together and have a kindred spirit. We both realize that without God and His Word and His Spirit working in our midst and in our lives, nothing can be accomplished. In that spirit we can accomplish great things because we join together.”
Dr. Allan Henderson of CU will be the new site director. He said, “Ministries overall need to come together instead of being isolated. I see this partnership as giving Calvary more global impact through CEF, learning how to be more equipped in teaching children, and giving our students ministry opportunities.”
Child Evangelism Fellowship is an international, nonprofit, Christian ministry that has been teaching the Bible to children since 1937. CEF has 400 offices in the USA and is organized in most nations of the world, with over 3,500 paid staff and hundreds of thousands of volunteers. In its last ministry year, CEF ministered to over 25 million children in its face-to-face teaching ministries.