CEF of Greater San Diego



About Us


What is CEF?

A fellowship of Christians dedicated to the task of winning boys and girls to Christ.  CEFģ is an international, Bible-centered faith ministry with headquarters located near the St. Louis metropolitan area in Warrenton, MO.


Our Mission Statement

The purpose of CEF is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.


CEF Statement of Faith

We believe...

1. That "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God," by which we understand the whole book called THE BIBLE; that it is inerrant in the original writing and that its teaching and authority are absolute, supreme and final. That the Holy Spirit guided the holy men of old in all that they wrote. 2 Timothy 3:16; Deuteronomy 4:2; 2 Peter 1:21.

2. The Godhead eternally exists in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes and perfection. Romans 1:20; Matthew 28:19; Deuteronomy 4:35; John 17:5.

3. In the Personality and Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, truly God and truly man. John 1:1,14; John 10:30; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:30-31; Philippians 2:5-7; 1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 1:19.

4. In the Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit, the source and power of all acceptable worship and service, the infallible interpreter of the infallible Word, who indwells every true believer, and is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him and not with ourselves or our experiences. John 15:26; Acts 5:3, 4; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26, 27; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 16:13, 14.

5. That man was created in the image of God, after His likeness, as stated in the Word of God, but the whole human race fell in the fall of the first Adam. Not only was his moral nature grievously injured by the fall but he totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil. "The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God" (Romans 8:7, 8). Therefore, he cannot see nor enter the kingdom of God until he is born again by the Holy Spirit. That no degree of reformation however great, no attainment in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes and societies however useful, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner take even one step toward Heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word is absolutely essential to salvation. Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3; John 3:3, 6, 7; Titus 3:5.

6. That Jesus Christ became the sinner's substitute before God, and died as a propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. That He was made a curse for the sinner, dying for his sins according to the Scriptures, that no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church can add in the very least to the value of the precious blood or to the merit of that finished work wrought for us by Him, who tasted death for every man. 1 John 2:2; Hebrews 2:9; Galatians 3:13; Romans 3:25; Romans 4:4-5; Romans 5:8; Colossians 1:13, 14, 20, 21.

7. In the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus Christ; that His body was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that He ascended into Heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God as the believer's high priest and advocate. Luke 24:39; Acts 1:10-11; Ephesians 4:10; Hebrews 1:3; 1 John 2:1.

8. That Christ in the fullness of the blessings He has secured by His death and resurrection is received by faith alone and that the moment we trust Him as our Savior we pass out of death into everlasting life, justified from all things, accepted before the Father according to the measure of His acceptance, loved as He is loved and made one with Him. At the time of acceptance of Christ as Savior, He comes to dwell within the believer and to live out His life of holiness and power through him. Hebrews 9:15; John 5:24; Romans 3:28; Romans 4:3, 23-25; Ephesians 1:3; John 17:23; Galatians 2:20; Galatians 4:6-7; Galatians 5:16; Acts 1:8.

9. That the Church is composed of all those who truly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. It is the body and the bride of Christ. That every believer, whether Jew or Gentile, is baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit, and having thus become members of one another we are responsible to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian prejudices and denominational bigotry and loving one another with a pure heart fervently. Ephesians 1:22, 23; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:22-27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Romans 12:4, 5; Ephesians 4:3-6; Ephesians 5:32; Philippians 2:1-5; Galatians 5:13-15.

10. That all believers in our Lord Jesus are called into a life of separation from worldly and sinful practices and should abstain from such amusements and habits as will cause others to stumble, or bring reproach upon the cross of Christ. Believers are created in Christ Jesus unto good works. "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" (Galatians 6:10). 1 John 2:15, 16; Romans 13:14; Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 2:10.

11. In the evangelization of the world; that the supreme mission of the people of God in this age is to preach the Gospel to every creature. That special emphasis should be placed upon the evangelization of children. Mark 16:15; 2 Corinthians 5:18, 19; Matthew 18:14.

12. In the personal return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that the coming again of Jesus Christ is the "Blessed Hope" set before us, for which we should be constantly looking. Our citizenship is in Heaven from whence we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20). Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; John 14:1-3; Titus 2:13; Philippians 3:20, 21.

13. That the souls of those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body re-united shall be with Him forever in glory. Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Luke 16:22, 25; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18.

14. That the souls of the lost remain after death in misery until the final judgment of the great white throne, when soul and body reunited at the resurrection shall be cast "Into the lake of fire" which is "the second death," to be "punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power" (2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9). Luke 16:22-23, 27-28; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:5, 11-15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9.

15. In the reality and personality of Satan, "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12:9) Ephesians 6:11, 12; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To find out more about CEF click on a question below:

  1. When was CEF Organized?

  2. How Extensive is the outreach of CEF?

  3. What is CEF's structure?

  4. What is CEF's Purpose?

  5. What is a CEF Good News Club?

  6. When and where are Good News Clubs held?

  7. Where Do Good News Clubs most often meet?

  8. What is the program of a Good News Club?                         

  9. How Does CEF help volunteer teachers?

  10. What are the requirements for a CEF volunteer teacher?               

  11. What material do CEF teachers use?

  12. What is a CEF 5-Day Club? 

  13. Who teaches CEF 5-Day Clubs?

  14. Does CEF have other Ministries?

  15. How does CEF help the local church?

  16. How is CEF supported?

  17. How can I get involved with CEF?

When Was CEF organized?

Bible classes for children were started by J. Irvin Overholtzer in 1923.  He desired to give boys and girls the opportunity to be set free from the guilt of their sin.  CEF grew out of Mr. O responding to God's burden for the children.  It was incorporated as an organization in Chicago, Illinois in 1937 and has grown into a worldwide ministry.

How Extensive is the Outreach of CEF?

It now has ministries to boys and girls in every state in the United States, every province in Canada and over 154 countries around the world.  There are over 1400 nationals and more then 192 expatriates serving with CEF.

What is CEF's Structure?

CEF is incorporated at the national and state level to provide leadership, training and materials.  Each state and province has local chapters where most of the work of evangelizing children and training of volunteers is done.  The local chapters work with and through churches in their area to accomplish this task.

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What is CEF's Purpose?

The purpose of CEF is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.

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What is a CEF Good News Club?

A Good News Club (GNC) is a neighborhood Bible-Centered club for children ages 5 through 12.  It is one of the principal means that CEF employs to reach unchurched boys and girls for Christ.

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When and Where are Good News Clubs held?

GNCs are usually held throughout the school year for one hour each week.  They can meet any day or place that children can be gathered together.                            

Where Do Good News Clubs most often meet?

Homes, public schools or community centers often provide contact with children who do not attend Sunday school and church.  They provide a setting which is close to where the child lives and their parents seem more willing to allow them to attend.

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What is the program of a Good News Club?

Visualized Gospel songs are sung.  Memory games are played to make learning a Bible verse fun.  A missionary time helps children to see God at work today.  Exciting Bible lessons stress salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  An opportunity for children to trust Christ as their personal Savior is given.  All of these activities aid the Christian child in his growth in Christ.

How does CEF help volunteer teachers?

The local chapters of CEF hold training classes at convenient locations to aid the volunteer teacher.  These classes are taught by CEF trained instructors.  They share proven methods that make each part of a children's class meaningful and interesting to the child.

What are the requirements for a CEF volunteer teacher?

The teacher must be born again and show a commitment to the evangelization of boys and girls.  They must be willing to spend the necessary time preparing lessons including attending the training classes. They must submit to a background check.  They must show their agreement with the CEF Statement of Faith by signing it each year and abide by the policies of the organization.

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What Materials do CEF teachers use?

CEF press provides at a nominal cost visualized materials for these children's classes.  The Bible lessons are set up in a five-year cycle and are reusable.  Missionary stories and visualized songs are available along with other child-related helps.

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What is a CEF 5-Day Club?

Boys and girls are gathered together on lawns, vacant lots, parks, street corners, etc. for usually one hour each day for five days.  The same methods used in the Good News Club are used in the 5-Day Club.                                                                                

Who teaches CEF 5-Day Clubs?

Young adults from colleges and high schools are recruited to learn firsthand that God desires to work through them to evangelize boys and girls.  They receive intensive training to prepare them for this ministry.  The training is usually 10 to 14 days in length.  Younger teens are recruited and trained as assistants for the clubs.  Good News Clubs teachers and other Christians also teach these summer clubs.

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Does CEF have other Ministries?

Special party clubs to attract children during holiday times and provide great opportunities to share God's promises with them.  The San Diego County Fair ministry and local street fairs meet children right where they are with the opportunity to trust Christ as their Savior.

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How does CEF help the local church?

CEF offers training for the local church that provides outreach opportunities.  Trained staff provide special training to enhance the skills of children's workers in Sunday school, children's church or club programs.  CEF provides special programs for the local church and challenges congregations with the biblical mandate to evangelize boys and girls.

How is CEF supported?

CEF is a faith ministry, dependent on God to supply needs through churches and individuals.  CEF policy is: "Ask God and tell His people".  All contributions are tax-deductible and a receipt is issued promptly. 

How can I get involved with CEF?

Visit our Contact page here or call us at (619) 469-8593 for our current ministry needs.  Volunteers are always welcome.

Privacy Policy

How CEF uses the information

CEF uses contact information to communicate with you. We use payment information to complete a purchase, subscription or contribution transaction. Credit card numbers are used only for donation or payment processing and are not retained for any other purpose.  Credit card numbers are only kept in our files until the transaction is completed. We use shipping information to deliver resources. Promotional information is used to help us prioritize our promotional efforts and to ensure that we respond to your areas of interest. Surveys are completely voluntary and users therefore do not need to disclose information. Survey information is used to improve our ministry and our sites. Correspondence information is used to accept recommendations, answer questions and facilitate future correspondence as requested. Biographical information is used among missionaries for networking, and among community members for informed donation giving and prayer sponsorship decisions. Information published by our affiliate chapters is used to promote their local ministries and communicate with their prayer and financial supporters.

 We use log files to track trends and improve the user experience. This data is not linked to personally identifiable information. We release account and other personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with law, or protect the rights, property, or safety of CEF, our users, or others. For the protection of our missionaries on the www.summerministries.com web site, we require that all participants of the summer missions community log in, and we record their login and IP address with every posting they make.  

CEF never sells, rents, leases, or exchanges any information obtained online with other organizations with the single exception of Teach Kids magazine, CEFís bimonthly printed magazine for childrenís workers, which shares its subscriber list with other selected organizations from time to time. CEF never discloses the identity of its donors to others. While CEF contracts with printing, credit card verification, marketing, auditing, address correction, and other like firms to help us in our work, use of the information is limited to the internal purposes of CEF.

How We Protect What We Know About You:

CEF is committed to ensuring the security of your personal information. CEF uses Internet Encryption Software, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information.  Credit card information you enter is encrypted at your browser, sent over the public Internet in encrypted form, then de-encrypted at our server. Once we receive your credit card information, it is accessible only to a small number of trusted CEF staff who have been specially trained in processing this information


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Last Updated 06/21/2017

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Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children,

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3