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The Ministry of Transferability

Rick James

To the broader body of Christ,  The Four Spiritual Laws  are synonymous with our ministry: Cru is  The Four Spiritual Laws . It’s a simplistic association, but it’s not inaccurate. That little booklet is iconic of Cru because we are an evangelistic movement, because we disseminate the gospel broadly, and because we have always used simple, transferable tools in doing so. Our DNA is encoded in our materials, and our materials are the primary vehicle for passing on that DNA.

Our materials provide a common language, common teaching and training, and a common experience; our materials are the common currency of the organization. In a ministry as dynamic, diverse, and expansive as Cru there’s really no alternative; if people are teaching different things in a million different locations then you don’t have a ministry. It would be like all the distributors of Coca Cola around the world, each making their own recipe for Coke. Dr. Bright knew this, which is why we have Transferable Concepts and billions of copies of the exact same presentation of the gospel.

This isn’t saying our materials are better or more effective, it’s saying that it’s better and more effective to all be using the same materials. I’m really happy with that sentence so maybe let’s read it again: “This isn’t saying our materials are better or more effective, it’s saying that it’s better and more effective to all be using the same materials.”  We certainly need creativity in ministry, but when it comes to ministry tools, nuance and individuality can be counterproductive.

Over the past decade, CruPress has put out a variety of resources. The purpose of The CruPress Guide to Discipleship  catalog however is not to list all our resources but to feature those that are essential, perhaps even quintessential. These are the tools critical to us speaking a common language and sharing a common teaching and training experience. These resources carry our organizational DNA; they define what it means to be a part of Cru.

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