Join As a Church
Option 1
Entire Program

If your church (pastors and the entire leadership team) is motivated to adapt, thrive, and engage at least one of the challenges identified by CEP, we encourage you to apply as a church to join CEP in its entirety. Your church will need to fill out an application form in the fall, followed by having a conversation with one of our pastoral facilitators. You will hear about the decision late November. If your church is accepted and decide to commit to the program, an enrollment fee of $1,000* is required by Jan 15 of the following year. Scholarships up to $500 are available for churches with financial need. Once CEP receives your enrollment fee, a self-assessment packet will be sent to your church. This is for your use and needs to be completed and submitted by the end of Feb. The first CEP gathering is Pastors Renewal and Focus Retreat (PFR), which is planned to take place in late March in Southern California.

As capacity is limited, we can only select a certain number of churches for each cohort. Churches can apply the following year if not selected the first time.

*All inclusive fee for the church, including access to short online courses.

Time Table for CEP Church Application
Church Application Open Period
Sept - Oct 30
Application Review Period
Acceptance Notification to Church
Mid Nov - Early Dec
Church Commitment Due
Dec 15
Church Enrollment Fee Due
Jan 15

For Application and Further Inquiries:
Name of Lead Pastor or Board Chairperson
Name of the Church
Address of the Church
Contact Phone number
Contact Email
Attendance of Official Opening

Readiness to Commit to 2 year CEP Program

Request Application Form

Option 2
Select Portions

If your church is interested in acquiring the resources from CEP, but cannot commit to the entire program at this time, you may participate in the following components:


Registration for the conference and the courses are available via the CEP website. Please refer to the Events page and Courses page (see links in menu bar).
Church Empowerment Program is a ministry of China Evangelical Seminary North America
This program is funded by Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative