Campus Crusade President, Steve Douglass, spoke to us at headquarters on the worldwide Day of Prayer last week. Among other things, he said that our founder, Bill Bright, was fond of saying that CCC was just a twig on a branch on a limb… Steve said that in order for us to significantly impact the world, we need to work with other twigs. Amy Ford, Executive Forums Specialist, Upper Midwest Region, explains a way to bring other twigs together to reach a significant part of your campuses. Her work with Executive and Entrepreneurial Forums brings leaders in your community together to reach campus leaders.
Executive Forums…Reaching Top Student Leaders on your Campus
Imagine a Campus Crusade for Christ evangelistic event that draws the president of the student body, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, presidents of the largest fraternities and sororities, captains of the varsity wrestling and swim teams, and top international scholars. Are you picturing your weekly large group meeting? Probably not.
From its conception, Campus Crusade for Christ has gone after reaching top student leaders on colleges and universities around the world. You may be familiar with the iconic picture of a young Bill Bright on the UCLA campus with the student body president and captain of the football team.
Reaching student leaders continues to be a vital part of our DNA, so in your efforts to reach these students, utilize the Executive Forums. You may recognize them as the Mentor’s Forums, Millionaires Forums or the Executive & Entrepreneurial Forums (EII). The EII Forum is a 30-hour outreach designed to reach leaders and top students on your campus by hosting top-level executives to integrate a Christian world-view and Gospel presentation into classroom lectures, a formal dinner and your weekly large group meeting.
Regions across the States are utilizing the EII Forums and seeing tremendous results. In the Upper Midwest region, campuses have seen both students and faculty impacted by the Gospel:
- St Cloud State University (MN) has been able to consistently reach some of the top international students the last two years.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison saw 75 non-believing students attend their formal dinner.
- Executives at University of Wisconsin-Stevens’ Point were able to present to 11 different classes.
And did we mention these Forums will help raise money for your campus? The forum’s provide an annual venue for you to engage highly successful professionals on your mission field resulting in their gaining a new found passion for what you are doing to reach college students and professors with the gospel; and as their hearts go so goes their kingdom giving!
Consider hosting an EII Forum on your campus this year. Forums are held in both the fall and spring semesters, and can be a great momentum boost to any movement. Check out these resources for more information.
- The 2010 Executive Forums Manual.
- Pictures of Executive Forums done in the Upper Midwest Region.
- A video that gives a preview of the Executive Forums.
To host an Executive Forum on your campus, contact your regional team. If you need further information, contact Amy Ford, Executive Forums Specialist in the Upper Midwest Region at <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
I remember back to when I first got on campus at Boston College. The very first event I attended was a reception for leaders on campus. That event opened up opportunities all year long with these leaders and the students involved in their clubs and teams. These forums can open up similar doors for you.