Do you ever wonder what Christians believe? Who Jesus is, what he did and why it matters? Get answers to these questions and more.
Take the next step in your faith journey with resources on prayer, devotionals and other tools for personal and spiritual growth.
Explore resources to help you live out your life and relationships in a way that honors God.
Find resources for personal or group Bible study.
Learn to develop your skills, desire and ability to join others on their spiritual journeys and take them closer to Jesus.
Help others in their faith journey through discipleship and mentoring.
Develop your leadership skills and learn how to launch a ministry wherever you are.
View our top Cru resources in more than 20 languages.
Have some fun taking various quizzes and assessments to learn about yourself and others.
Helping students know Jesus, grow in their faith and go to the world to tell others.
Reflecting Jesus together for the good of the city.
Partnering with urban churches to meet physical and spiritual needs.
Striving to see Christ-followers on every team, in every sport and in every nation.
Equipping families with practical approaches to parenting and marriage.
Reaching students and faculty in middle and high school.
Volunteer abroad this year on a short term global missions trip offered by one of the best, most-reliable Christian missions organizations in the world.
Internship opportunities with Cru's ministries.
If you're looking for the best Christian jobs and careers, check out Cru's ministry job openings for full- and part-time missionaries and professionals.
Live in another country building relationships and ministries with eternal impact.
Would you like to give your time to work with Cru? We need you.
Find a Cru event near you.
Use your hobbies and interests to find the best place for you to serve.
How we seek to journey together with everyone towards a relationship with Jesus.
Answers to questions on donations, financial policies, Cru’s annual report and more.
What we believe about the gospel and our call to serve every nation.
Learn about Cru's global leadership team.
When the global church comes together then powerful things can happen.
Leading from values so others will walk passionately with God to grow and bear fruit.
Because ethnicity is part of the good of creation, we seek to honor and celebrate the ethnic identity of those with whom we serve as well as those we seek to reach.
Today we encounter a wide variety of questions related to sexuality and gender. As followers of Christ, we want to navigate LGBT+ questions in a way that is compassionate to people and faithful to scripture.
Showing God in action in and through His people.
Hear what others are saying about Cru.
When situations boil over, will you help them?
As a Christian, God has a job for you. Whatever specific vision He has given you, it involves two things:
• Love God and your neighbor (Great Commandment - Matthew 22:37-39)
• Tell people about Jesus (Great Commission - Matthew 28:18-20)
You can’t do this alone. As part of a series on practical steps to live “on mission,” this article will help you see what it means to be a “missional team” and why it’s important, how to find or gather one and what to do together.
What is a Missional Team?
A “team” is any group of two or more people with a common goal. They’re not just hanging out for fun, they are trying to achieve something. A “missional” team’s goal is to play their part in God’s mission on earth.
Why Team Up?
God created us for community. In fact, as 3-in-1 defined by the trinity, God is community! We were made to reflect God, so He made us with a deep-heart need for each other and gave us different gifts that work better together.
Some people are great at planning and details. Others are spokespersons while still others sense when your team needs to go have some fun together. It’s hard to read 1 Corinthians 12 without seeing how other people can bolster you, but also consider what the team would be missing without you.
“The Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him… The Christ in his own heart is weaker than the Christ in the word of his brother; his own heart is uncertain, his brother’s is sure.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Life Together
Jesus said that the world would believe in Him if the Church were truly united (John 17:20-21). Paul echoes this in Ephesians 4:1-16, describing Christian fellowship as God’s kingdom on display.
So, hopefully you’re excited to be a part of a missional team, but who should you team up with and where do you find them?
Where’s My Team?
Start with people you really enjoy being with and see if they will join you on mission. Once you’re together, you can decide what that mission should look like.
A group of close friends is ideal, but another good option is to join others who are already moving. There are some great churches out there dedicated to equipping small groups to become missional teams. Ask your pastor or Bible study leader for ideas. You can also connect with one of the Cru ministries or individuals passionate about the same vision you have. Many organizations already have a team waiting for you.
Once you’ve found a team though, what can you do together?
What Does a Team Do?
Identify which leadership roles would be the best fit for each of your teammates.
Get to know each others’ non-Christian friends, too. There are more opportunities for your friends to see Jesus when they know more Christians. Here’s a worksheet and strategy to help you be deliberate about reaching your friends together.
Spur each other on to “stay the course,” and remember to have fun.
What good is a team without a plan? The next article in this series focuses on how to think strategically about fulfilling the mission God has given to you.
Part 5 to living missionally
©1994-2024 Cru. All Rights Reserved.