Cru is a faith-based mission organization. This means that full-time staff members, including the president of Cru, have the responsibility to mobilize a team of ministry partners to pray and give for their personal ministry. This is called “raising support” and is a common practice among many mission organizations. In Cru we call raising support MPD (Ministry Partner Development).
Raising support is rooted in the Old and New Testament. For example, the Philippians supported the Apostle Paul (Phil. 1:3-5, 4:10-19).
In our early history we learned that having each individual staff member raise his/her support would allow us to grow the missionary force needed to help fulfill the Great Commission. As a result God has allowed Cru to grow to become one of the largest mission agencies in the world.
Each staff members raises support to cover the following:
- Benefits (health plan, worker’s compensation, disability coverage, life insurance)
- Ministry related expenses (training, ministry materials, communication with ministry partners, etc.)
Once an applicant is accepted as a staff member, he/she is assigned an MPD coach who coaches them all way through to the completion of raising their needed support. Each new staff member attends New Staff Orientation which includes some of the finest MPD training in missions.