When it comes to the fall in college ministry, as Paul Worcester has said - It's All About the Contacts! Because of that, a lot of thought and time has gone into crafting a perfect spiritual interest survey: how to throw the net broadly but not so broadly so as to become useless. We aim to survey about 3,000 students in the first two days of school. The problem we run … [Read more...] about The Perfect Spiritual Interest Survey
For decades, Cru's mission has been "Turning lost students into Christ centered laborers." Our mantra has been "Win/Build/Send". The reason I have remained on campus for 20 years is because I want to send laborers to the harvest. But over the last few years I have been convicted that on our campus, our Cru movement could more accurately be described as … [Read more...] about The 1 Common Element of Radical, World-changing College Movements
As we as Christians think about where to invest our time and resources, I think these maps are really helpful: Faithland from VividMaps NYTimes's Ross Douthat's reaction (and Rod Dreher's response) to that map: As you might guess, I am with Douthat on this one. Granted, I haven't read Dreher's book. But it just doesn't seem like the early church waited around for the tides … [Read more...] about What Do These Maps Tell You?
This spring we’re giving each of our Community Groups a $50 bill to use to throw a party (an idea we stole from some other Cru movement - can’t remember who!). We encouraged our leaders to take the $50 to their group and allow the group members to help decide how to invest the $50. It’s a fun, tangible expression of “we want our Community Group to be on mission to … [Read more...] about 50 Dollar Party
“The Critical Event” – a trained person taking a non-trained person to share their faith. For Montana State Cru, The Critical Event is the most important measurement of staff's success on campus. It's what they celebrate. click to read more about their Cru movement. Ever since I heard that concept from Montana State, it has shaped much of our philosophy of ministry in … [Read more...] about The Critical Event