Did you know…?

I polled a broad cross section of leaders in the Campus Ministry for this one. I asked for factoids, resources, and essential information that would be good for us to know. Enjoy!

Did you know…?

  • Of the 4,701 institutions of higher learning in the United States, 3,072 are four-year schools.
  • There are 21 million college students in the US. Here is what’s true of this year’s freshmen.
  • 15% of all high school students travel less than 10 miles to college.
  • A breakdown of students by ethnicity by region.
  • 1 out of every 5 (21%) people who reside in the United States speak a language other than English at home.
  • The average undergrad spends nearly 2,000 hours in a classroom to complete a 4 (ish) year degree.
  • An average professor will teach 5,000-10,000 students in a career. Dr. Elzinga, at UVA, who teaches large intro sections, has taught 45,000 students in his career.
  • Christian faculty are influential. Set them up for impact at MeetTheProf.com, helping them start Faculty Commons on campus, speak at your weekly meetings and outreaches, and join you on spring and summer missions.
  • 200 different spring and summer Cru mission teams go to over 50 countries each year
  • 17 ministries outside of the Campus Ministry regions host summer missions.
  • Most of our 65 stint teams will take time during their stint year to launch a movement in a new location, open up hundreds of universities around the world and maybe in nations with no campus ministry.
  • 90% of all youth ministry takes place INSIDE the US. Yet 97% of all youth live OUTSIDE the US.
  • The High School Ministry has the START booklet for starting middle or high school ministries as well as the Global Start booklet for broader teenage contexts. Available at 1-877-Go-Campus.
  • The “Here to help.” brochure is designed to describe our high school ministry to educators, administrators, parents, and volunteers.
  • There are free online classes for senior staff development.
  • We have artists ministries in Cru, Creatives on Mission and TransFORM.
  • There are matching grants available for Speakers Forum events.
  • Describing your ministry as a “Christian group” can be alienating to students from Catholic backgrounds. Destino describes our ministry as “Christ-centered”.
  • Here is a complete list of EFM Winter Conferences this year. Bring someone with you.
  • Ethnic Field Ministries and Leadership Development, are working jointly on developing cultural competency training for all staff, both for what we need right now and a future more holistic plan.
  • Executive leaders in all Field Strategies (CFM, EFM, High School, Bridges, Faculty Commons) meet monthly to increase internal collaboration and partnership, and to skillfully coach field staff and to accelerate fulfilling our mission.
  • We have articles, strategies, Bible Studies, and evangelistic initiatives to help campus movements address modern day slavery and sex trafficking. For more info contact Libby Swenson.
  • Friends and connection are the top felt needs of international students. Overcoming loneliness. Most come from interdependent cultures and are not used to being alone or doing things alone.
  • Even if international students come from an atheistic worldview, most are curious about Jesus and will listen respectfully when you share about your relationship with Him.
  • We offered some of our best training and resources for helping students share their faith at Cru.org/reset to hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall this summer.
  • Cru.org has lots of helpful training videos.
  • Soularium has great questions for conversations with students about culture and their ethnic identity.
  • The Life On Mission (100% Sent) Site  with the 5 Things, The Decision Making Suite, tips on ministry in the workplace, and more helps students live missionally on campus and after graduation.
  • Former STINTERS, interns, and marketplace-bound seniors can receive help in adapting their training to the marketplace. chris.kingsley@cru.org or allyson.moody@cru.org.
  • The Valor Movement has 609 leaders from summer camps to follow up.
  • When you recruit personally and intentionally to Summer Missions, more will attend and it impacts the maturity of your movement.
  • Plan your campus year with the cycles of momentum in mind. Your students will see the wisdom and will be spiritually healthier because of it.
  • 20% of graduating Cru students go on to graduate school. Grad Ministry is creating resources and mobilizing staff and volunteers to help them launch movements among grad students.
  • Cru campus has an orphan care coordinator assisting Bible Studies Leaders, Movements, Summer Missions, and STINT teams to meaningfully engage in caring for and praying for orphans in your city, Natalie Back.
  • What EveryStudent.com is to evangelism, StartingWithGod.com is for new believers wanting to grow. They extend our reach beyond what we can do face-to-face with students, and even more so when we train students to use them. EveryStudent.info is your resource center. It has training videos, a FREE short ebook, and links to the app stores for the new EveryStudent.com app. You can get FREE EveryStudent.com business cards by calling 800-827-2788. (1 box per 10 Cru students is suggested.)
  • MissionHub can do more than managing contacts and communication with large numbers of students. It also helps us care better for those with whom we work most closely.
  • The Thrive Studies were written for the high school audience, but college students also find them helpful in building our core Win, Build, and Send DNA.
  • Since August 1, nearly 25 have contacted us about starting a movement after reading Starting a Ministry on Cru.org.
  • With only 12% of the nation’s black college students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), 70% of the country’s physicians and dentists and ½ of our nation’s African American public school teachers are HBCU graduates.
  • Backstory is helpful for sharing the gospel with those unfamiliar with the Bible story line. It’s interactive, engaging, and visual, and works for one-on-one conversations and small groups.
  • Parents appear to have a closer connection to the ministry their high school aged children attend than where they went to college.
  • Consider 50% or more of a meeting with staff, students, or volunteers to be about vision and shepherding, with no more than 50% the details of the ministry.
  • No one else can walk with God for you. They can do many helpful and significant things, but it’s up to us to keep our walk with the Lord in the right priority.
  • Ministry leaders are always going to feel stretched as we live by faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit. It comes with our role. We think about the present and the future, as well as the next group of people to reach. The work won’t be complete until Jesus returns.

Wow! Did you know all that?! This was a lot, and pretty cool, huh! Why not bookmark this page for future reference? I’m sure I have left out some things that are really important for us to know about our ministry. Maybe I will do it again sometime and catch those. Finally, a big thank you to you who contributed to this list. I am grateful for your help.

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