What’s behind Campus Crusade for Christ’s name change?
Starting next year, one of the most robust ministries on American college campuses will officially be known by a new name. Campus Crusade for Christ in the U.S. is changing its name to Cru.
Established in 1951 by Bill and Vonette Bright, the evangelical parachurch organization is manned by more than 25,000 staff members who operate 29 different ministries in 191 countries.
“The U.S. ministry hopes the new name will overcome existing barriers and perceptions inherent in the original name,” according to a statement released by the ministry.
Cru isn’t an acronym or unfamiliar shorthand. Many evangelicals already refer to the group simply as “Crusade.”
Okay, Here is the Money Line Folks:
“It’s become a flash word for a lot of people. It harkens back to other periods of time and has a negative connotation for lots of people across the world, especially in the Middle East,” said Steve Sellers, vice president for the U.S. for Campus Crusade for Christ, as reported by Christianity Today “In the ‘50s, crusade was the evangelistic term in the United States. Over time, different words take on different meanings to different groups.”
The new name was unveiled last week during the ministry’s biennial conference for U.S. staff held in Fort Collins, Colo. Its board approved beginning the process to change the name in 2009 and the recommendation of Cru earlier this year.
The new name was chosen out of a pool of 1,600 which was narrowed down to five. Ideas came from donors, volunteers, staff and the general public.
“We kept going back to people to try to better understand what it is they best appreciate about our organization,” Sellers said during a telephone interview this week. “In light of our commitment to our mission, we sought their input as well as spending a lot of time in prayer before we selected a name.”
While the process for choosing the new name ramped up in recent years, its roots date back to what Bill Bright, who died in 2003, expressed decades ago.
“From the beginning, Bill was open to changing our name. He never felt it was set in stone. In fact, he actually considered changing the name 20 or 25 years ago,” Vonette Bright said in a news release. “We want to remove any obstacle to people hearing about the most important person who ever lived—Jesus Christ.”
“Most of the international ministries affiliated with Cru use a name other than Campus Crusade for Christ,” Religion News Service reported. “Its Canadian affiliate is called Power to Change and European ministries use the name Agape.”
Beyond campuses, its outreach and $490 million annual revenue happen via book sales, distribution of evangelical tracts and sales of the Jesus Film, which is available in 1,129 languages, according to Christianity Today .
“Our surveys show that, in the U.S., 20 percent of the people willing to consider the gospel are less interested in talking with us after they hear the name. We are changing the name for the sake of more effective ministry,” explained the group’s Web site.
When asked about the timing and whether it reflected a new direction, Sellers said the ministry seeks to increase its effectiveness and relevance. The name is different but its mission hasn’t changed, he said.
“Our commitment is to Jesus Christ and we debated long and hard about whether to keep the name in the name,” he said. “We concluded that our organization is about helping people know him. … To put it in the name of the organization isn’t the most important issue. The real question is is the organization being effective in communicating what Jesus Christ stands for?”
Campus Crusade for Christ Rep: Hi, I am from the Campus Crusade for Christ and we would like to talk to you about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Student: EEEK, EEEK, IT’S A JESUS FREAK. GETS THE TORCHES AND PITCHFORKS!!!! HATERS!!!
“CRU” Rep: Hi I am from “CRU” and we would like to talk to you about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Students: Excellent. Tell me about Jesus. Let’s Rap Man. Groovy!!
King James Version (KJV)
32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
How Pathetic that a Christian body is afraid to proclaim his name.
Again, I had the honor of doing the Epistle Reading at Church Yesterday
King James Version (KJV)
28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our Roots Never Get to the Bottom of Christ’s Love
This is how we prove in experience that the depth and breadth of the love of Christ are endless. Our roots never get to the bottom of it and our broadening foundation never run out of rock to build on. I think these two images are meant to show us the same things as Romans 8:35, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” The roots of our life are firmly held by the depths of Christ’s love. And the foundation of our life is firmly supported by the rock of Christ’s love. We cannot be plucked up or blown over. That is the point of Romans 8:35, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.”
God is calling us to new depths of love for each other and for those outside. If that is going to happen (and it is happening), something else must happen first (which is happening). Paul’s prayer must be answered:
[May God grant that we], being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.
Well, ya hey dere Vern, It wasn’t the End of the World as we know it on Saturday where was that Jesus Guy of yours again?
Preacher Harold Camping and Family Radio.com missed their prediction on the apocalypse on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
I gave the Preacher a little room for error so I didn’t post this until Monday.
According to the Christian broadcaster, Judgment Day was supposed to bring a massive earthquake, powerful enough to throw open graves, followed by a slow death for all non-believers over the next five months across the globe. He went on to say only 200 million people will be saved and those left behind will die in earthquakes, plagues, and other calamities until Earth is consumed by a fireball on October 21.
May 21 came and went; no earthquakes, plaques or calamities and I wouldn’t bet the bank that the fireball is coming on October 21 either.
The Bible teaches that the following events will take place when Jesus returns:
1. Christ will come visibly and all people will see Him
(Acts 1:11; Matt.24:27, 30; Luke 17:22-24; 21:27, 35; Mark 13:24-
26; 14:62; Rev.1:7).
2. Christ will come in glory surrounded by His angels
(Matt.13:39-43, 49; 16:27; 24:30-31; 25:31; 2 Thess.1:7; Rev.19:11-
14; Titus 2:13; Jude 14, 21; 1 Pet.4:13; Zech.14:3).
3. When Christ returns, a bodily resurrection of all the dead will take place. Believers will be raised to salvation and unbelievers to damnation
(John 5:27-29; 6:39-40, 44, 54; Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Cor. 15:12-57; Dan.12:1-2).
All believers, both the dead and the living, will be “caught up” to “meet the
Lord in the air”
Death will be destroyed
(1 Cor.15:26, 54-57; Rev.20:14).
4. When Christ returns, He will judge all people, both the living and the dead
(Matt. 25:31-46; John 5:27; Acts 10:42; 17:31; Rom.2:16; 2 Tim.4:1, 8; Jude 14-15; Rev.20:11-15).
Believers will receive eternal salvation and unbeliever’s eternal damnation
(Matt. 25:31-46; 1 Pet. 1:4-5, 7; 5:4; 1 John 3:2; Heb.9:28; 2 Cor.5:10; 2 Thess.1:6-10).
Satan and Antichrist will be destroyed
(2 Thess.2:8; Rev.12:10-11).
5. When Christ returns, a “new heavens and a new earth” will be created
(2 Pet. 3:10-13).
Nowhere, however, do the Scriptures teach that at His return Christ will establish a this-worldly, political kingdom or “millennium.”
Did you at least read the “Left Behind” Series as you were doing your research?
Second God is NOT a Math Equation and never will be.
And as I said in my original post:
Revelation 16:15 (NIV) “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
The doomsday message has been sent far and wide via broadcasts and web sites by Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million dollar nonprofit ministry based on his apocalyptic prediction.
Please people give your time, energies and money to a church that is biblically sound. Not a church that espouses drivel.