Campus Evangelical Fellowship
Buddhism & Taoism 68%
Student Leadership Formation
Emphasis on university ministry
- University students & graduates acting as high school group counselors
- New believers from high school ministry becoming the core in university group
- CEF graduates influencing future church & society
National and regional gatherings (stats. of 2022)
- Student Volunteer Teams (throughout whole year)
- National Bible Camp for university student (annually)
- National Discipleship Camp for senior high schooler (triennial)
- Youth Mission Conference for university student (triennial)
We run a National Bible Camp every year in the winter break for University students. Through a week long program of small groups and talks, we teach students inductive bible study methods. Our aim is to spark students interest in reading the bible for themselves and give them tools to understand. And our hope is that students lives will be changed as they encounter God in His word, and discover the goodness of God’s Word for themselves.
National Discipleship Camp
We also run a National Discipleship Camp every three years for high school students. This camp is centered on the story of God’s redemption, with the cross of Christ at the center. During this week long camp, we hope that students will understand the reality of sin, the significance of Jesus’ crucifixion, and the meaning of his resurrection in all its fullness. We also pray that when students will be encouraged when they see their peers from all over Taiwan gather together to learn about the gospel, and realize they’re not alone as they seek to share the gospel on campus.
We hold a Youth Mission Conference every three years, and we hope every student has a chance to attend at least one. During the conference, students are encouraged to seek God's leading, to engage in full-time ministry, or to live intentionally as missionaries in their professions.
Campus Evangelical Fellowship (CEF) was established in 1957, inheriting the following three traditions:
- China Inland Mission (CIM) missionaries;
- student ministry of Chinese University Christian Student Association at the end of the Anti-Japanese War; and
- the revival of independent churches in China after the 1920s.
When the KMT government was defeated by the communist and retreated to Taiwan in the 1940’s, many universities were established, creating opportunities for the development of student ministry. There was another factor for the rise of student ministry. During Taiwan's long-term martial law (1949-1987), CEF was one of the only two organizations which had permit to run inter-school activities. Therefore, 1960s and 1970s were considered the golden age of CEF. CEF excelled in comparison to the local churches and contributed much to the development of churches in Taiwan and even overseas, because of the cultivation of local pastors and lay leaders, as well as the development of many evangelical organizations.
After the 1980’s, CEF faced great challenges. Taiwan experienced economy boom, and local religions were also on the rise. Martial law was lifted in 1987, and society was becoming more open and diverse. CEF’s ministries stagnated or even regressed. Many senior staff left CEF, which brought about challenges to human resources. CEF staff were less inclined to treat student ministry as a lifelong vocation, more like a temporary stage of ministry, just like other IFES movements. Many thought the decline in student ministry a sign of possible end of CEF. Yet, CEF went through a stage of renewal in terms of theology and ministry. Nonetheless, CEF was no longer the only major force of youth work in Taiwan’s Christian churches. Many churches and organizations began developing their own youth ministries.
After CEF survived its crisis, it introduced the concepts of "holistic mission" and "cultural mandate" to Taiwan churches. It encouraged university fellowships to apply for the status of school clubs so that Christians were visible on campuses. Junior high school ministry had a revival in the 1990’s, and then senior high school ministry also experienced a 10-year revival in the 2000’s.
In 2017, the sexual harassment scandal of an important senior staff exploded, causing both internal and external crisis. At the same time, the headquarter office in Taipei was under reconstruction. Then Covid-19 came and the ministry as a whole was affected. As a result, CEF decided to restructure its organization and currently evaluating its campus ministry strategy.
full-time staff in three sections
about 460 volunteers working with us
in front-line ministry
CEF’s student ministry is national in scope, encompassing 175 campuses (university, vocational college, senior high school) across all regions of Taiwan.
We believe in one God, the ruler who created and keeps all things in the universe. He is omniscient, omnipotent, holy, righteous, and loving.
We believe that Jesus Christ is one of the Triune God. He was incarnated, born of the virgin Mary, and came into the world. He was crucified to bear the sins of the world, so that all who believe in Him will be forgiven of sins, not perish but have eternal life. He was raised from the dead on the third day after his death, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father. He will come again to judge the world and welcome believers to ascend to heaven.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is one of the Triune God. He is the comforter for all believers. He is currently working in the world, among the believers, to accomplish God's work.
We believe that the entire Bible is the Word of God, inspired by God to reveal God’s will to the world. It is the eternal truth; it is the supreme and only criterion for believers’ faith and life.
We believe that one becomes a Christian by accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior and honoring Him as Lord, so that the Holy Spirit dwells in his heart, and he gains new life. In daily life, believers should fear and obey the Lord, rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome sin, obey God's will, spread the gospel of the Lord, and be vigilant and be ready for the Lord's return.
We believe that the Church is the house of God, the body of Christ, and Christ is the head of the Church. All believers should serve the Lord together in the Church.
We believe our relationship with God is central to all we do. Through Jesus we have new life and a new relationship with God. This relationship with God bears fruit in our lifestyle, as we live new lives according to the Spirit. And this relationship with God shapes all of our work. We also firmly believe in the importance of “life on life” influence, as staff workers have real and genuine relationships with students, opening up their lives and walking alongside them.
As an organization, we trust in God to provide for us financially. We do this through pooling our finances, bearing one another’s burdens and sharing in God’s blessing. We share the importance of student ministry, ask people for support, and look to God in prayer to provide.
- Faith mission: no solicitation of finance
- Funds auditted by professional accountant
- Financial budget of 2024: approx. USD,207,000. (excluding publishing house)
No.22, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)