Equipping Student Leaders around the World

Dr. Bill Bright in his early years of ministry at UCLA.

“Win the campus today, win the world tomorrow.”

 ~ Dr. Bill Bright

Campus Crusade for Christ’s continued emphasis has always been to reach students on all the world’s campuses, especially since these young men and women become tomorrow’s leaders. Initially, every local campus ministry, now called Cru, was lead by our staff and their student-disciples; however, our limited number of staff can’t possibly reach all the world’s universities.

Ann C., who tracks our global ministries, explains: “In 2011, [we reported] 1,742 Student Population Centers with a Cru presence globally. (Cru counts SPC’s because there isn’t always a physical campus, or large universities can have multiple campuses.)”

We continue to train and equip student leaders to be lifelong laborers and to reach their campuses, but in some locations, our staff coach and encourage their disciples through phone calls and over the internet, meeting with them personally when possible.

Reaching the World

Feyissa W., our National Campus Director in Ethiopia, describes the importance of training students to be leaders, since our staff are forbidden to be on Ethiopian campuses:

“Students… are taking the initiative in planning effective evangelism on the campus and outside… We know God had called us to raise leaders who can train others. And we believe if they own the ministry they can do better than the staff can do.”

How You Can Help Reach Students

Next month, we will be attending our National Staff Conference and always are encouraged by the reports and personal stories from our global student ministries. This “Staff Training” is a time for all U.S. staff to come together, hear what God is doing, pray for the ministry, and encourage one another before returning to our day-to-day ministries.

As in previous years, Sus is pursuing opportunities during the conference to encourage our staff to use technology to be more effective in evangelism and discipleship. Many of these men and women are involved in student ministries. We’re excited to be a part of a ministry that’s open to using innovative strategies to reach people today, such as the Student-Led Movement and through blogs, social networks, and other means.

Would you prayerfully consider a gift toward our conference and travel expenses? We’ve been privileged to watch God provide faithfully for our ministry expenses every year since 1975 through the generosity of friends like you.  Whatever amount you can give will make a difference in helping our staff minister to students. (Click here or on the Give button.) Through your partnership with us, you have touched the lives of millions of young men and women in our Student-Led Movement. Thank you for joining with us in ministry!

How to Pray

  • Thank you for praying for Feyissa, Ann, and all those involved in our student ministries, which aims to bring the lost to Jesus, disciple believers, and multiply student leaders for His glory.
  • Thank you for praying for God to touch the hearts of students to reach their campuses, and the world, for Him. All revivals of the last century were begun by God’s Spirit moving in students’ hearts.
  • Thank you for praying for good health and stamina for us during a full schedule at the conference, July 14 – 20. Thank you for joining with us in equipping our staff during “Staff Training”. Both of us will be meeting one-on-one with some men and women to help them learn new tech skills.

Jesus… said to them, “I have been given all authority… Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples… and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always,
to the end of the age.” 
~ Matthew 28: 18 – 20 GNT

NOTE: The image is of Dr. Bill Bright in his early years of our ministry on the UCLA campus.

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