Vision. What do we want to see?
A movement of young people:
- Committed to Christ.
- Equipped by Christ.
- Active for Christ,
- In all aspects of life.
Mission. Why do we exist?
To give as many young people as possible a genuine encounter with Christ Jesus, encouraging, equipping and empowering them to serve Him wholeheartedly.
Values. What matters to us?
We believe that all young people:
- are loved and unconditionally welcomed by God
- are created by God for service and significance
- are called by Jesus Christ for mission and ministry
- are vital to the life of the church of Jesus Christ
CE aims to:
- encourage young people to commit their lives to the service of Jesus Christ
- train and equip young people to live daily for Jesus Christ and serve in his church, in their communities and the world
- mobilise and empower Christian young people to build the Kingdom of God
- provide fellowship to grow in Christian faith and life (World’s Christian Endeavour Union)
We value 5 practices. There are all sorts of variations on these themes, but these are the ones we believe help Jesus’ followers commit to Christ, be equipped by Christ and be active for Christ in all aspects of life.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Relying on love and Renewal from God…
We believe that staying connected to God teaches us to depend on His love. Jesus realised that taking time out from the demands of life to be quiet and still with God helped to refresh and renew Him (Mark 1:35). CE helps young people to find ways to remain connected to God, recognising that without Him we can do nothing.
…and the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:39)
…Action toward Others
In Genesis 12 God blessed Abram so that through Him the world would be blessed. We expect that as we pray “your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10) God will use us to be the answer to that prayer – blessing those around us. We hope to equip and empower young people to use their gifts to actively love their neighbours (Matthew 25:34-36).
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment… (Matthew 22:37-38)
…the Worship of God
Jesus summed up the 10 Commandments of the Old Testament in two commandments, the first being to love God with everything we are. Loving and worshipping God not only happens on a Sunday morning, worship is about offering something to God which captures our awe and recognition of who He is, and so we help young people to live each day as a living sacrifice to God. (Romans 12:1).
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)
Jesus asks us to love each other as He has loved us. Paul’s loving community in Philippians (2:1-4) is humble and helpful. CE encourages young people to live and love in Christian community by being part of a local church so that their love for each other would point others toward Jesus (John 13:35).
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20a
…and the Mission of God
The Bible is God’s story of restoring relationship with the world. As Adam and Eve hid, God reached out to repair the broken relationship, asking “Where are you?” And later, God comes down in Jesus to repair the broken relationship between Himself and people – once and for all. Jesus goes on to send us, just as the Father sent him (John 20:21). We encourage young people to find who they can go and take God’s message of restoration to.
Beliefs. Why do we act?
The core beliefs below shape the actions of those committed to CE.
- The existence of God as living and loving creator of the universe.
- The authority of Jesus Christ as Lord, Saviour and Judge.
- The presence of God in His people through the Holy Spirit.
- The mandate of Christians to participate in the mission of God.
- The good news of salvation through faith in Christ alone.
- The unity of Christians through the Spirit as the body of Christ.
- The authority of the Bible in all matters of faith and practice.
These beliefs are informed by Christian belief which has been recorded in the Apostle’s creed for over 2000 years.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Board comprises of a maximum of 8 board members including Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, who must each be members of the CE.
The Board is responsible for the oversight of Junior CE Camp and Senior CE Camp, as well as associated activities.
The Board controls funding of camps, investments and other activities as required. They also organise an Annual General Meeting for its members, usually in May.
If you are interested finding out more about the way CE South Australia is organised view our constitution.
Chair of Board
From 2012 to 2016 we partnered on 20 CE Project grants, to help youth practise following Jesus in a practical way.
Each month we gave a past camper or volunteer $100 for projects which further grew God’s Kingdom here on earth.
The CE Network knows that it’s hard to follow Jesus alone.
Each year the CE Network will help to resource a project in one country region. We will also help the local community to take the project over the following year so that it continues. Our aim is to provide the spark that enables regional communities to meet and connect with each other, then allow them to keep growing the new relationship.
It’d be amazing to have a Country Focus team for all regions in South Australia! We’re always asking God for more workers for the harvest. If you’re interested contact us.
We hope Country Focus projects:
- encourage and equip young Christians in regional areas
- give young leaders the chance to develop their skills as they serve
Christian Endeavour (CE) was founded in Portland, Maine in 1881 by Canadian born Dr. Francis E. Clark. Dr. Clark saw that there were many opportunities for youth to “hear” the Word, but few for young people to learn to “do”.
The Early Days
At the Williston Congregational Church 57 young people signed a pledge which listed what they would do to apply Christianity to all aspects of their lives. Real sacrifices of their time and energy were made, and the results were astonishing. CE started as a way to train and equip young people to become leaders within the local church as they chose to take ownership of their Christianity.
The early Endeavourers reversed the common teachings of the church on young people and launched what is now called ‘youth ministry.’ Now, nearly every youth ministry organization today can be linked to Christian Endeavour either in history, method, or both.