Summer Connect

Summer Connect FAQ


What is the goal of Summer Connect?

The goal of Summer Connect is for you to access resources and encouragement to engage in God’s mission during the summer months, wherever you are.


Who's speaking?

Carrie Walker Louer (Cru in NYC), Rasool Berry (Cru in NYC), and Matt Smethurst (managing editor of the Gospel Coalition)


Why not just watch talks by famous pastors this summer?

By all means, do that too!  But, Summer Connect will be so much more than just listening to a talk. You’ll have opportunities to connect with other students in discussion, and you’ll be challenged each week to walk with Jesus and live out your faith. Plus, the speakers will actually be speaking directly to you and your needs this summer.


What can I expect to get out of Summer Connect?

Great teaching each week, opportunities to connect with others, and weekly encouragements to help you walk with Jesus and live out His call on your life this summer.


How can I connect for FREE?

Anyone can register for Summer Connect for FREE. You can watch on your own or connect with a local Community near you. Even if you can’t visit a Community each week, we encourage you to visit as often as you can throughout the 8 weeks. You will gain a lot from getting to know others at that Community location and interacting over the material with them.


What is the registration process?

Go to cru.org/summerconnect and click the sign up button. Sign up will be available starting this spring.


Is Summer Connect flexible?

Summer Connect was designed with flexibility in mind. We understand that summers can be busy with summer school, work, internships, family vacations and more. Many of these things change throughout the summer, which will change your availability from week to week.

All of our sessions are recorded to watch whenever you want. We will begin releasing them the week of May 21. Our goal is to provide you with training materials to guide you in missional living this summer. How you engage with the opportunities each week is up to you. We trust you will make the best decision for where the Lord has you for the summer and use Summer Connect as you see fit.


Can I do this with Summer Cru on my campus?

Yes, our desire is to be a resource each location around the country. Several campuses are using Summer Connect as their stand alone summer ministry opportunity. Other campuses have a partnership with churches, and some have other ministry opportunities set up by their local  team or regional leaders that limit their ability to participate each week.


How can I connect with others in my area?

If you are a part of a Community location, please invite others to join you at your Community meetings. If you want to join a Community, look at the map on our website that shows the location of our current Communities. Find the one nearest you and contact the leader of the Community (click on the arrow and the leader’s contact info will appear). If you are having trouble connecting to a Community location but you want to, please email us at summerconnect@cru.org and we will try to find you one or help you start one.


Will I have a discipleship relationship?

If you are a part of a Summer Connect Community Location, you may have the opportunity to connect with a local leader or staff member for discipleship. If you are participating as an individual, we will not pair you with a specific mentor for the summer. But, we will provide you with opportunities to connect with other students all over the country that you can rely on and who can help you grow this summer.


What types of outreaches will we do?

That’s up to you and your group to decide for the most part. At times throughout the summer we will offer opportunities for each person participating in Summer Connect to take steps of faith.


Can I access Summer Connect on my mobile device?

Yes, Summer Connect works on all mobile devices.


What if I have already gone on a Cru Summer Mission? Is this still relevant to me?

Yes! Because you have already participated in a summer mission, you will see the value in staying connected to the mission this summer, and you might also be willing to lead a group wherever you are. As a leader, you will have the opportunity to help others grow like you have. Along with presenting Cru resources, the program week to week will give you opportunities to engage at deeper levels as you are able.


Will participants receive coaching?

Yes. Obviously, being spread out across the country with many participants limits our ability to provide individual one-on-one coaching. However, we are building a team of quality coaches throughout the ministry to help coach and train students each week. The Summer Connect team will also stay connected with students during the week through email, text, and other social media.


How do I connect to the weekly broadcast?

Each individual registrant will have the videos and other materials sent to them each week.


Have more questions?

Email: summerconnect@cru.org

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