As college students, we were confronted with the reality that apart from Jesus, people are lost. Knowing that He alone can forgive sin and change lives, we decided to spend the best hours of our days reaching college students for Christ.
The Lord has called us to a unique place and has blessed us with unique abilities. Through our work with the Great Lakes Regional Team we are enabling ministry to happen. If you are wondering what states are in the Great Lakes Region, they are Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.
Change the World
How do we strategically change the world? Reach the leaders of the world.
Where are tomorrow’s leaders today? Who will hold the power of global influence in government, technology, media and acedemia for our future?
The answer: today’s college students. Only 1% of the world’s population attend a college or university.
How will tomorrow’s leaders lead? What are their values? Their ethics? Their priorities? Their purposes? Their influences? Their legacy?
What would be different if each of these leaders had a personal encounter with Jesus while they were in college?
“The university is the clear fulcrum with which to move the world. More potently than by any other means, change the university and you change the world.” —Dr. Charles Malic, former president, United Nations General Assembly
“How do you reach a generation that hears with its eyes and thinks with its feelings?”—Ravi Zacharias, author
We reach college students by developing a Gospel-centered, Bible-listening, faithfully-praying, others-serving, Christ-following communities on college campuses through a process of
- WIN. [Students Encountering Christ.]
- BUILD. [Students Experiencing Christ.]
- SEND. [Students Helping Others Encounter & Experience Christ.]
More and more students enter college with little or no knowledge of who God is or how to know him personally, even those who grew up attending church.
We don’t expect them to come to us. Instead, we go to them and introduce them to Jesus by making spiritual truths understandable to their generation. Students hear that morality, religion, and hard work cannot earn eternal life.
As students are exposed to the truth of the Gospel, they are responding to Jesus in unprecedented ways. The fields are ripe for harvest; now is the time to proclaim the Gospel.
The Lord used the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ to transform my life and give me purpose. I accepted Christ as my savior, and through mentoring relationships, authentic fellowship and Biblical application, I began to walk in the freedom of God’s forgiveness and no longer cracked under the peer pressure to drink and party that most college students face. —Ashley K. from Butler University
“I have been a Christian for pretty much my whole life but I never really understood why people would share their faith. Since being involved with Campus Crusade, I have learned that our mission in life is to share the Good News and surrender to His will in everything. I never thought I would be the type of Christian who shares their faith but after learning evangelism and putting it into practice I see that this IS what following Jesus is all about!”
Away from parents and their church, students must make their faith their own. We train and equip students to run the race of faith with perseverance. We help students build a foundation upon God and his word so that they can continue to build upon that foundation for the rest of their lives.
We do this by placing specific emphasis on personal growth through Bible studies, mentoring and discipleship, as well as short-term mission projects.
We are all called to be part of the Great Commission—to take Christ’s message to the world and make disciples of all nations. We want students to be equipped and ready to share the gospel in their spheres of influence from the moment they surrender their lives to Christ.
As future leaders, every graduate is equipped to walk with God for a lifetime and to bring the Gospel wherever they go.
“I loved launching a new movement on a campus in Italy. Before I went I was not really that comfortable walking up to complete strangers and starting conversations with them. Now I would have few problems with that. I loved meeting new people and finding out more about their deeply felt and real need for Jesus. I loved sharing the truth of who Christ really is with them. I hope to return, but for now I will continue to pray that one day a movement of students will rise up in that marvelous, beautiful city. –Katie W. from Cleveland State”