Cru Staff Resource Page
For Partnering with Churches and Volunteers
Why Do It:
- The best way to pour into every student for a lifetime
- The best way to maintain continuity on 2-year schools
- The only way to reach remote campuses
- The only way to reach every campus
Who They Are:
- Busy Volunteers: like students but with less time and, hopefully, more maturity
- Stretched Pastors: experienced and resourced, but also pressured to accomplish things in their own church
Where to Find:
- Pray - God sends people from unexpected places
- Look - ask students, churches, faculty and friends who live near the campus
How to Coach (Prioritize their training leaders in core DNA and helping them pass the baton well):
- Resource: The Handbook has everything you and they need to help with or even run a campus ministry
- Be purposeful about what you cover over the phone and how you invest your face-time (click here for details)
- Expectations (fulfilling the role staff members would): attend leadership meetings; attend weekly meeting; disciple student leaders
What to Avoid:
- Make sure you are on the same page: walk through the Statement of Faith as well as Defining Our Cause. Get a sense as to whether they have a vision for reaching the lost for Jesus and if they are about His kingdom rather than their own.
- Don't overburden them with high time-commitment expectations
- Have a plan in case they want to start their own ministry apart from Cru
- "Rose," a lady in her 50's went back to school at a far-away campus. A staff member traveled 2 hours to walk the campus with her. Together, they asked student activities if they knew anyone who wanted to get involved and were referred to a cafeteria worker who introduced them to an athletic director and a math teacher. They approached groups of students on campus and found a few in each group who were interested. Rose gathered all the contacts and filled out all the paperwork launching a ministry that wouldn’t have happened without a key volunteer.
- Some Cru alumni asked for help working with a campus nearby. With their past experience, they already understood how it worked and didn't require much coaching. They took a nonexistent ministry brought it up to 50-60, one of which joined staff.