Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Qualifications to Join CEF?

  • All members must be willing to publicly state that they are devoted followers of Jesus, are involved in an organization that is making a contribution to the gross domestic product (for-profit or not-for-profit) and are willing to openly engage and share in a collaborative environment.
  • All members must complete an application and be approved individually.
  • All members must agree to abide by the Code of Conduct. You can review it here.

What Are the Criteria to Maintain Membership?

  • Pay your membership fee.
  • Maintain standards set in Code of Conduct.
  • Actively participate in CEF.

What Criteria Does the Member Care Team Look For When Approving or Denying Applicants?

The CEF leadership team carefully reviews each and every application by hand. Immediate criteria for approval are that the individual:

  1. Is a Christian – that they believe Jesus is Lord, His Word is true and His purposes guide their life.
  2. Contributes to the GDP of their respective nation through their work.
  3. Commits to honor, work with and share with others.

CEF looks for high performers who are deeply committed to Kingdom work. CEF is a network of experts and industry leaders who are people of action, not just ideas. Applications that do not reflect these characteristics will not be considered for membership.

What Sort of Time Commitment is Membership?

With the CEF Membership, you’ll get out of it what you put into it. We aren’t interested in being another networking group or just a platform to provide peer-contributed content. We truly want to help accelerate your impact and be part of solving the problems you’re addressing.

With that in mind, the membership is a commitment. We don’t have weekly meetings but ask that you be available to make new connections, provide new content, and participate in events (whether in person or online) throughout the year.

When Does My Membership Start and End?

Your membership begins the day we receive your payment and sign up form and automatically renews after 365 days. You will receive notifications leading up to your anniversary date to remind you of your automatic renewal.

How Do I Cancel My Membership?

If you wish to cancel your membership, please email

Do I Pay the Membership Fee Annually or Monthly?

Membership fees are paid on an annual basis. You’ll be charged on the anniversary of your sign up unless you choose not to renew your membership.

Can I Get a Refund if I’m Not Satisfied?

To protect the data and hard work of our members, and to maintain the highest caliber of membership network, CEF does not issue refunds. Our members are asked to commit to the first full year of their membership and will be allowed to discontinue their membership when their renewal date comes.

In the Code of Conduct, members will agree not to distribute the personal data of other members during or following their membership.

Any violation of the Code of Conduct will result in the termination of all privileges without a refund of membership fees.

What Portion of My Membership is a Donation?

Membership and event fees are not tax-deductible donations.

CEF is part of Crown Financial Ministries, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Therefore, any gifts made to CEF’s Scholarship Fund, the CEF organization, or to a specific CEF initiative are tax-deductible donations within the United States.  However, any payments made to CEF in which you receive a tangible benefit are considered fees for service and are not tax deductible. Examples of this include membership and registration fees.

What Would Cause Me to Lose My Membership?

Failure to pay your membership fee or maintain the standards set in our Code of Conduct would effectively terminate an individual’s membership. This includes, but is not limited to, the explicit solicitation of your services, or goods, or business to other members. CEF will notify an individual before terminating his or her membership and any member dues already paid would not be refunded.

Will My Personal Information Remain Private?

Yes, all personal information will remain private and available only to those within the CEF network. In the case that the CEF Member Care team or another CEF Member wants to use or promote your content outside of the CEF network, we will seek your expressed written permission.

If you’d like to publish the content you’ve contributed to CEF outside of the CEF platform, we ask that you reference CEF as the platform that originally hosted your work.

How Do I Sponsor Someone Else?

One of the defining qualities of a CEF member is a generous spirit and we want to make it easy for you to sponsor other members. You can learn more about member sponsorships here.

How Do I Nominate Other Candidates?

We encourage all members to nominate high-achieving industry peers. All candidates go through the same application process, regardless of who referred them.

You can nominate someone here.