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CE is not a youth ministry as such. Rather it is a way of doing youth ministry. CE provides a method for conducting youth ministry that trains and equips young people for ministry rather than simply doing it all for them.
Christian Endeavour began on 2nd February, 1881 at the Williston Congregational Church, Portland, Maine, U.S.A., where the Reverend Francis E. Clarke gathered his young people together, following a revival in his church.
That meeting sparked CE. The group adopted the title Young People\'s Society of Christian Endeavour and 57 young people signed a Members Pledge, and came up with the motto \"For Christ and the Church\".
Within a short time Christian Endeavour attracted the interest of churches from other denominations and many CE \"societies\" began throughout the United States of America. China, Scotland and Japan were amongst the next countries to adopt CE.
The first Australian Young People\'s Society was formed on 5th June, 1883, at the Hope Street, Church of Christ, Geelong, Victoria.