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What is Cru?

When Bill and Vonette Bright first launched Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as Cru), as a campus ministry in 1951, the underlying concept was to “win the campus today and change the world tomorrow.” More than 50 years later, the mission remains the same.

Today, the campus ministry of Cru is a network of vibrant, growing movements on over 1,000 campuses in the United States and beyond. Proven and diverse outreach strategies expose millions of students to the gospel each year. Over the past five years, more than 37,900 students made a decision to become a Christian.

When a young man or woman enters a university in America he or she is making contact with a rather diverse environment. Even with commonalities among traditional students such as relative age, the use of English as the primary language and a shared educational goal, a wide variety of factors such as ethnicity, religious background, socio-economic status, political persuasion and family upbringing make the college experience a fascinating one. In fact, some thinkers suggest we no longer can call the academy a cohesive “uni-versity”, but rather a pluralistic “multi-versity” instead.

The college environment affords young people exposure to a wealth of ideas they must sort through, embracing some and rejecting others. While what happens in the classroom building is vital to one’s intellectual development, students also receive an education in life outside of class time. Social venues are readily available in formal and informal settings that help a young person to reach maturity. Furthermore, physical needs are met through varsity sports and intramural programs. Perhaps the most neglected area of student life is the spiritual dimension.

That is why Cru maintains a presence on hundreds of our country’s college and university campuses. We aim to be a spiritual resource to students, providing information, training, relationships, opportunities and environments that are conducive to one’s spiritual growth.

One’s college days are often a time of renewed interest in spiritual matters. Young people must think through the faith of their parents and determine where they stand themselves. They are exposed to many new ideas and people of other faiths, many of whom do not adhere to the teachings of Christianity. Since 1951, Cru has been pleased to present a Christian voice in the marketplace of ideas.

Cru is an interdenominational Christian student organization. We have no ties to any one particular denomination but work instead in cooperation with many local churches to aid the spiritual development of young men and women.

Traditional, orthodox Christian beliefs are at the core of the Cru movement. We hold to the essential claims of the Christian heritage including the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. See our Statement of Faith.

Opportunities we offer on campus include small group Bible studies, a campus-wide weekly meeting, conferences, mission projects and more.

Your son or daughter’s involvement in Cru is something we are proud of and cherish. We trust that their association with our ministry will prepare them for a lifetime of spiritual growth and personal development.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us!

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