For 35 years, Cru in New York City has worked its way into the fabric of virtually every segment of the city. Together with like-minded partners and churches, Cru has integrated into specific communities across the city – from Yankee Stadium, the United Nations and New York University, to Grand Street high school in Brooklyn, immigrant communities and Wall Street. We’re bringing life to the inner city and hope to current and future leaders.
We actively work to forge synergistic, city-wide partnerships to accelerate the growth of the gospel in New York City. We understand that the whole is stronger than the parts.
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Today's young adults, while described as the most unchurched generation in America's history, are not without hope. Millennials stand boldly against hypocrisy, evil, and injustice. They want to be a part of making the world a better place by righting wrongs and meeting needs in the context of deep and meaningful relationships. Cru believes that God is using this generation to make a difference in cities across the globe. We are convinced that as Jesus heals their hearts, their passion will be contagious and His love will go viral. We are committed to helping them to ignite their passion, connect with Jesus, and to live out His purpose in every facet of their lives.
For many, life in the city offers only a bleak existence. The bitter realities of human slavery, homelessness, neglect, and food insecurity plague the lives of countless men, women, and children in cities around the globe. Although none of these issues are easy to solve, the love of Jesus compels us, followers of Jesus and kingdom citizens, to action. Cru is partnering with hundreds of like-minded churches and passionate organizations in an effort to catalyze Gospel transformation and bring light to the darkest places of the city.
Many of the devastating effects of poverty are due to a lack of options. The inner city ministry of Cru builds partnerships with inner-city churches to help increase their capacity to reach out to the poor with options. We offer products and programs to our partners which address the needs of the poor. We equip these churches to construct developmental programs for children and adults. Everything we do helps our partners pioneer ministries of evangelism and discipleship in the context of compassion.
This small handful of individuals steward their platform and unique relational networks to shape the culture in their cities and within their professional fields of expertise. They have been strategically placed by God not to advance their own agenda, but to reflect his heart as they shape culture. There is a weightiness that comes with this calling as ears are bent to hear what influentials have to say. The ripple effect of their leadership can be seen far and wide. God uses this select group of humble people in profound ways and Cru stands with them, connecting them to like-minded peers, giving them spiritual support, and providing them a safe place where they can develop authentic relationships.
The arts are incredibly important in our cities, both publicly and personally. Art has the ability to create a common experience and a common language and can be a catalyst for renewal for the good of the city. Art by its very nature can impact our hearts and minds in a way that few things can. We are excited to see artists utilize their platforms to speak into culture, to find new ways to encourage and develop emerging artists in their calling, and to partner with other organizations and causes to see the arts articulate and address the needs of cities to advance the mission of Jesus.
Transform Arts is an initiative of Cru, City Arts. We are a community of artists, from young and emerging to established, seeking to wrestle with the deep questions of art, faith and culture. We hope to inspire this generation to engage the current culture, creating the world that ought to be through movements of innovative people who truly follow the Creator.