Innovators in Evangelism & Discipleship
When you take on the task of reaching the world, you have to think big.
Leaders and staff members within Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru in the U.S.) accepted Jesus Christ's command to go to the world -- the whole world -- and teach what He said. The church calls it the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
Of course, we've never believed the task was ours alone to accomplish. As an international parachurch mission organization, we want to accelerate the efforts of others by creating strategies and giving them away.
Perhaps you've worked with us and you didn't even know we were there alongside you.
Materials to Help You Tell Others About Jesus
In 1965, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Bill Bright, wrote what he described as "the distilled essence of the gospel" into a booklet. Called Have Your Heard of the Four Spiritual Laws? this little yellow booklet was translated into more than 200 languages, equipping Christians with a simple way to introduce others to God's love, truth and message of hope.
Similarly, another concise and transferable tract called Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life? was published and distributed around the world, teaching Christians how to live the Christian life in God's power, not their own.
Through the years, both tracts have been redesigned and repackaged. The originals are still available.
Cru staff member and apologetics expert, Josh McDowell, has written several famous books that detail the defensible facts of Christianity, including More Than a Carpenter and Evidence That Demands a Verdict.
Scholarly yet simple, these books combine logic and history to answer doubts about Jesus with compelling and persuasive data. The reader must decide: Will I accept what Jesus said about Himself? Will I surrender to Jesus and allow Him to change me?
The World's Most Translated Film
When a movie about Jesus' life debuted in 250 theatres in 1979, no one could have anticipated its lasting impact. But today, Campus Crusade has translated the JESUS film into more than 1,000 languages.
Considered one of the most valuable tools for accelerating the spread of the gospel worldwide, people learn about Jesus and hear what He said in their own mother tongue, receiving at film's end an invitation to say yes to Jesus.
The movie has been shown in every country of the world. A host of versions are available, including one for children, for fans of soccer, and one for women, as well as an anime version in the works.
Recognizing Different Stages of Life
A good message bears repeating, but people in different stages of life don't always hear everything the same way. Campus Crusade addresses unique audiences, staying true to Jesus' commission. We want to tell others about Him in a way that is easy for them to engage.
Since 1951, we've gone to the universities of the world to turn "me-centered leaders" into "Christ-centered laborers." On some campuses, every incoming freshman receives a "Freshman Survival Kit" (complete with an introduction to Jesus).
Around the United States, the Campus Ministry offers regional faith-building weekends for students, like Winter Conferences. And we've transformed spring break and summer vacation into exciting mission trips (Big Break and Summer Projects, respectively).
Marriages and Families
More than 1.5 million people have attended a conference sponsored by FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru. Many more have heard Dennis and Barbara Rainey on the radio (FamilyLife Today), read a marriage devotional, or participated in a Homebuilders Bible study.
The Wide World of Sports
Cru's sports ministry, Athletes in Action, sponsors the Sports Legend Series, which includes the NFL-sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast and presentation of the Bart Starr Award given to one NFL player each year who was chosen by his peers for outstanding character.
And so much more
When someone is deployed with the military, that soldier might receive a Rapid Deployment Kit from Cru's Military Ministry, including a camouflage Bible.
Through Here's Life Inner City, we've assembled Boxes of Love and given them to inner-city churches to meet physical needs in the community. We've helped churches around the country start S.A.Y. YES! Centers, so they can provide at-risk children a Biblically-based curriculum afterschool.
As an organization, Campus Crusade for Christ does not seek recognition for these accomplishments. We're committed to bringing attention to Jesus Christ so that one day, everyone might know someone who truly follows Him.
Lives change because of God, not strategies or ministries. To that end, we stay focused.