Campus Crusade: Bringing Christianity Onto College Campuses and Beyond
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
Campus Crusade for Christ is an interdenominational ministry committed to helping take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations. The organization cooperates with millions of Christians from churches of many denominations and hundreds of other Christian organizations around the world to help Christians grow in their faith and share the Gospel message with their fellow countrymen.
Working together with these fellow believers, CC’s goal is to help give every man, woman, and child in the entire world an opportunity to find new life in Jesus Christ. Their commitment is based on the Lord’s command: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NAS)
Campus Crusade for Christ was founded in 1951 by Bill and Vonette Bright. Bill was studying late one night for a Greek exam while a student at Fuller Theological Seminary. He received a unique impression from God to invest his life in helping to reach the entire world, starting with college students. A professor friend suggested, “Campus Crusade for Christ” as the name of the new ministry. In the fall, Bill and his wife Vonette, started Campus Crusade for Christ at UCLA with the backing of a 24-hour prayer chain.
Campus Crusade is home to a number of different ministries. Many use a name that doesn’t directly connect them with the organization, but they operate totally within the legal and relational structure of Campus Crusade. You can get the complete list of ministries from their Ministry Finder. This website is updated regularly and will provide you with current information.
It was Campus Crusade’s founder who adopted the approach of encouraging and supporting individual ministries to pursue their unique calling without the constraint of requiring that Campus Crusade be a part of their name. Through the years there have been critics of this approach, but they say they have found the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Doors have been opened for ministry that we would have not dreamed possible.
DISCOVER GOD is the joint vision of Dr. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, and his son Brad that began as an informal conversation in the fall of 2000. Today it has grown into a strategy to put God back at the center of both the Church and the culture in America.
There are many people today who believe that homosexuality, abortion, radical feminism, euthanasia and pornography are the problems facing America today. Or that racism and poverty are the most critical problems. However, these are merely symptoms of an underlying cancer — people’s distorted and twisted view of God.
Trying to suppress cultural symptoms apart from the larger context of understanding who God really is, will only lead to the continued erosion of our cultural foundations.
Bill Bright understood this very well. He said, “We can trace all of our human problems to our view of God.” Renowned 20th century theologian, A.W. Tozer, whose tombstone bears the epitaph “Man of God” also believed this. He wrote, “It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound… while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate.”
And after years of studying American culture, pollster George Barna reflects this truth as well, “Every choice you make is impacted by your perception of who God is.”Dr. Bright’s heart was to help believers understand who God really is. He often said, “There is nothing more important to teach another believer than who God is.”
Today, Brad’s heart beats with the same passion. Drawing on his experiences in national politics and his study of history, he is committed to putting the God of the Bible back at the center of American culture by deliberately co-opting every major cultural symptom as a platform.
DISCOVER GOD is the logical outgrowth of this passion.Before he died, Dr. Bright specifically commissioned his son, Brad, to launch DISCOVER GOD under the newly formed Bright Media Foundation, an affiliate ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.If we wish
If conservatives wish to win the war for the heart and soul of our nation they must make the God of the Bible the most passionately debated issue across America, both in the Church and the culture.
But first they must teach believers who God really is, so that they may be transformed and fully equipped to change their world. As the Bible says in Acts 17:6 about Paul and Silas, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” They knew their God. They changed their world. It was simply a matter of cause and effect.
For more information visit http://www.discovergod.com.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and heâ€™s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.
Heâ€™s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed â€œCrack Cityâ€ by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. Heâ€™s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. Heâ€™s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. Heâ€™s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and heâ€™s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Heâ€™s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouriâ€™s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.