Child Evangelism Fellowship is an international, Bible centred faith ministry, and a fellowship of Christians dedicated to reaching and leading children to Christ. Our purpose is to help individuals and churches to “evangelise 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 Bible believing church for Christian living.”
Reaching the children of New Zealand
Founded in the USA in 1937 by Rev. J. Irvin Overholtzer, a man to whom God gave a vision for boys and girls in need of the Saviour.
New Zealand CEF® was founded in 1951, and continues today with the same vision as Irvin Overholtzer. The history of CEF® in New Zealand has been compiled in a 50 years commemorative booklet which can be purchased from our National Office (contact details below).
To evangelise boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in the local church for Christian living.
CEF® cares about disciplining children. Children must be established (disciplined) in their Christian lives through the Word of God. They need to “grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
CEF® cares about establishing children in Bible-believing churches. Evangelised children need to be in the local church where they can continue growing on a regular basis. In this way, CEF® serves the church and assists in the goal of church growth.
We have a 14 article statement of faith which sets out what we believe and why.
What we do
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 (on the menu left) you are interested in.
Ranging from Day Camps to School Holiday Camps, the CEF Camps have long been one of the children’s favourite CEF ministries. Using CEF owned or rented facilities, trained staff maintain an exciting program focused on evangelism and discipleship. Find out when and where a CEF Camp will be taking place near you.
Child Evangelism Fellowship offers a variety of training options. Training is available for all those working with children or who wish to know more about it or just getting started. Suitable for use with summer outreach, community events, Sunday School or Children’s Church, afterschool clubs and programmes.
Check the website regularly for updates or contact us about training in your area!
The Truth Chasers Club® (CEF Mailbox Club™) is a free International CEF Bible Study Club. Children who join will receive age graded lessons posted to them and once completed and returned for marking the next lesson will be posted once the former lesson is marked.
Would you like to join the Truth Chasers Club? Register here.
Resourcing children’s workers and ministries
CEF materials are known for their fine teaching content and attractive visuals. Songs, Bible lessons and training books are available. Get resources from CEF International Headquarter
Where are we
Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Zealand
or use the Contact form to get in touch with us.