Not all weeks of a campus year are created equal.
There are times of the year in which students have more time available and others when exams seep into every minute of their schedule. Here are some rhythms of the school year, and Cru ministry, that you will want to be aware of.
Because we want to be a student-led movement, developing your student leaders is a large part of what you do. We want student leaders to grow in their personal pursuit of the Lord, in leadership skills, and in ministry experience. As leaders…
During the first six weeks of each new school year students tend to be more receptive to hearing about and trusting in Jesus. That’s when their hopes and fears about what lies ahead are most real. We want to invite them to experience Jesus during a time when they are most open to meeting new people and talking about spiritual things. With your student leaders…
Historically, most movements have pulled away after about six weeks into the semester for a weekend at a Fall Retreat. They often join with others in their geographic location. We have found it is a great time to expose students to a Bible speaker, group prayer, and worship, so that they can focus on their spiritual growth.
One of the key goals of the Fall Retreat is helping your movement grow in community. It helps new students find their place in your group and develop deep, long lasting friendships.
Fall Retreat is also a great launching point for a campus-wide outreach. Take time with everyone to share about your next evangelism focus and how each one can be a part of it.
In Cru we call November, “GoVember”. Summer may seem far away, but students are already making future plans. Summer Missions are an incredible greenhouse of growth for your movement. There are a myriad of options for length, ministry focus, and location. Wherever they go, they will be challenged to greater depth in their walk with God, experience growth in community, and develop ministry skills. With your student leaders…
During the winter months and spring break, Cru has opportunities to unite your campus with other movements going after the same ministry focus you are. Students benefit from hearing what others are doing on their campuses. Each conference has passionate Bible teaching, powerful worship, training in ministry skills, and time for your movement to grow in community.
With your student leaders…
How do we know if we are being successful in leading our movement? Here are some things to consider.
The most strategic way to accomplish reaching every student on campus each year is by concentrating on reaching the Freshman Class
The steps to reach our vision are prayer, win, build, and send. We call this our Cru DNA.
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