Hey Seniors, grab your youth pastor and some friends and head down to Cru Winter Conference for an amazing opportunity to hang out with college students who love Jesus. You’ll have tons of fun and hear from motivational speakers as you learn to talk about your faith.
See below for a list of participating cities with pricing and contact info, parent letter, sample schedule and FAQ’s. Please note that schedules may differ by city.
Hear from keynote speakers on engaging and relevant topics
Facilitate connection time with your community
Explore key elements of faith
Focused on topics for students transitioning to college.
Connect with students and staff at different colleges to explore opportunities
DAY OF OUTREACH
Students are trained to explain the gospel. Campus and church groups are assigned to various church partnership locations around the city. Side by side with these churches, students immediately apply their training to bring the Gospel and vital resources to neighborhoods in need.
I love speaking each year at the Cru Winter Conferences. It’s a great privilege to be able to talk about the practical truths of the life-transforming, agenda-setting gospel of Jesus Christ to an audience of people who have not yet made the major decisions of their lives.
Paul Tripp /// Philadelphia, PA
Cru Winter Conference is always fun, powerful, and inspiring. Our college students from Keystone Fellowship look forward to the worship, speakers, and missionary opportunities every year.
Brady Rennix /// Keystone Fellowship Church /// North Wales, PA
Winter Conference has been catalytic in our college ministry year! The gospel and call to make much of Jesus in the world are clearly communicated in a challenging and compelling way. We have seen students come to faith for the first time and others make commitments to surrender their lives to Jesus at Winter Conference. It's awesome! I would recommend it to any college ministry looking to do something strategic over the Winter break.
Brad Laws /// Midtown Church /// Austin, TX
Over the last 20 years, we’ve taken hundreds of our students to Cru Winter Conference. Our students have relished these opportunities to worship with Christian college students and to be equipped to follow God wholeheartedly in college.
Jeremiah Ebeling /// Grace Covenant Church /// Austin, TX
I had the privilege to speak at Winter Conference two years in a row. Going into the first year, I arrived wondering if missing family at Christmas would be 'worth it.' I was blown away. Cru staff and leaders have put together the perfect combination of ridiculous fun, meaningful mission, deep community, and passionate worship. I watched over a thousand students wrestle with calling, joyfully relent to the work of the Spirit, and love Jesus with more of their lives.
Tyler Jones /// Vintage Church /// Raleigh, NC
One of the many things I appreciate about Cru's Winter Conference is the fact they take very seriously, and think diligently, how to care for all who attend. Many are believers, some are not. It takes a lot of planning and praying, to put together an event that can speak to the multifaceted places people find themselves in spiritually. Well done Cru!
Curt Allen /// Solid Rock Church /// Riverdale, MD
Cru Winter Conference was a “greenhouse” for my walk with Jesus. It was there when I received a clear calling from the Lord to serve Jesus in full time ministry. It was there when I held my wife’s hand for the first time. It was there when I said, “I want to know the Bible and preach the Bible like the speaker.” You will hear from God and leave transformed.
Kenji Adachi /// Fellowship Memphis /// Memphis, TN
FAQs for Leaders
My church would like to host for day of outreach, is that possible?
If you are located in one of our gathering locations, let us know you are interested in being a Local Host! Our outreach days can take the form of any service opportunity that is accessible to college students and scalable for a one-day influx of volunteers.
Is this for college or high school aged students?
Cru Winter Conference is designed for college students. Some locations partner with the high school ministry of Cru to provide a similar experience for younger students.
What denomination is Cru Winter Conference associated with?
Cru is a Christian parachurch ministry, meaning we hope to come alongside any church or denomination that is interested in helping young people to come to faith in Christ, grow deeper in that faith and then live on mission wherever God calls them. Learn more about Cru’s work on campus or check our our Statement of Faith if you’d like more details.
I lead a ministry for college students, can I come with them?
Sure! We’re sure that when you experience Cru Winter Conference, you’ll be ready to bring even more of your students next year. Bring colleagues, if you like, or even your family! You can register using the same link as your students.