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Christian Union


Why Ivy League Schools Need Christian Union Ministry.

Why Ivy League Schools Need Christian Union Ministry.

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  • 1. Changing Lives Changing the World Brown ● Columbia ● Cornell ● Dartmouth ● Harvard ● Penn ● Princeton ● Yale Advancing the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the Ivy League
  • 2. Jesus Christ is to be honored above all else. “ Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:17
  • 3.
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  • 5. Ivy League Students Need Jesus Christ
  • 6. Ivy League Christian Foundations
    • The eight Ivy League Universities were established with strong Christian roots. Original mottos included:
      • Brown: “In God We Hope”
      • Columbia: “In Thy light shall we see the light”
      • Dartmouth: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness”
      • Harvard: “Truth for Christ and Church”
      • Princeton: “Under the Protection of God She Flourishes”
      • Yale: “Light and Truth”
  • 7. Ivy League Adrift
    • Although these universities were largely established to bring glory to Christ, they have drifted far from their moorings:
      • Harvard attempted to de-recognize a Christian ministry because it required its leaders to be Christian.
      • Dartmouth refused to allow distribution of C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity on campus.
      • Princeton’s Chair of the Ethics Department, Peter Singer, advocates infanticide, euthanasia, bestiality and necrophilia.
      • Many other examples can be cited.
  • 8. Evangelical Representation by County Newsweek, November 13, 2006, pp32-33.
  • 9. Ivy League Students Need Jesus Christ
  • 10. Ivy League Alumni Shape Our World
  • 11. Our Goal: A Transformed World Transformed World Transformed Leadership Culture Transformed Ivy League Transforma-tional Ministry
  • 12. We Want a Revival of Hearts, Minds, and Culture
    • Whitefield and other itinerant evangelists in the 1740’s
    Finney in the 1830’s Businessman’s revival of 1850’s
  • 13. Culture is top-down, not bottom-up
    • Sociologist Peter L. Berger : “ideas don’t succeed in history because of their inherent truthfulness, but rather because of their connection to very powerful institutions and interests.”
    • Wilberforce and the Clapham Circle serve as a model for us
  • 14. As the Ivy League goes, so goes the world
    • There is a concentration of many of society’s future leaders at a relatively small number of universities:
      • The Ivy League Universities are arguably among the most culturally influential institutions in America, if not the world.
      • Their graduates are extraordinarily influential in all areas of society.
  • 15.
    • If we are going to reach the world for the Gospel and change our secular culture, we must see the Ivy League transformed for Jesus Christ.
  • 16.
    • Phase 1: 1900-1960’s
    • Denominational Ministries
    • Phase 2: 1960’s – Present
    • National Para-church ministries
    • Phase 3: The Future
    Isn’t Ministry Already Happening?
  • 17. We are trusting God for revolutionary change
  • 18. Phase 1: Involvement Before 1960 G
  • 19. Phase 2: 1960 to the Present
  • 20. Phase 2: 1960 to the Present G G G
  • 21. Phase 3: The Future
  • 22. Phase 3: The Future G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G
  • 23.
    • Phase 1 to Phase 2:
    • Doubling of student involvement from 3% to 7%. Gospel knowledge from 0% to 10%
    • Phase 2 to Phase 3:
    • Trebling of student involvement from 7% to 20%. Gospel knowledge from 10% to 70%
    Seismic Shift on Campus
  • 24. Biggest Obstacle to Seeing the Change?
    • As obstructionist as the Universities can be, it’s not them.
    • It’s a status quo mindset among Christians that causes them to lack the vision to see the need
    • Definition of Insanity: Doing the same things and expecting different results.
    • Ask yourself: Have you been happy with the Christian vitality in the Ivy League in the last 40 years? We need revolutionary change!
  • 25. Our Mission
    • To change the world by bringing sweeping spiritual transformation to the Ivy League Universities, thereby developing and mobilizing godly leadership to transform all sectors of society.
  • 26.
  • 27. How do we transform the Ivy League?
    • There are four essential ministry aspects.
  • 28.
    • Jesus Christ is the one we love and serve. We desire Him to be praised above all else.
    • By the power of the Holy Spirit, He changes lives and the course of history.
    • We are devotedly Christian, but non-denominational in our approach.
    • “ Unless the L ORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1
    1. Christ-Centered
  • 29.
    • Biblical, but not ideological
    • Accountability-oriented
    • Looking to change lives
    • Resolved to impact the entire campus
    2. Results-Driven
  • 30. 3. Contextualized to the Ivy League Intellectual Secular Unique Subculture of Eight Schools High Achievement Intellectual Secular Unique Subculture of Eight Schools Secular Unique Subculture of Eight Schools Unique Subculture of Eight Schools Life-Long Association High Achievement Intellectual Secular Unique Subculture of Eight Schools
  • 31. Adapting Ministry to the Ivy League Yields Incredible Results
  • 32. 4. Fully resourced
    • More high-caliber long-term workers with livable salaries
    • Workers both theologically trained and organizationally adept
    • Centralized funding
    • Budget for each campus
    • Ministry centers
  • 33.
  • 34. Key Achievements
    • Evangelistic
      • Thousands exposed to the gospel
      • Students coming to Christ each semester
    • Discipleship
      • 135 in Bible courses
      • 300+ discipleship appointments
      • 140 at weekly Nassau Christian Center service
      • 56 partnership projects co-sponsored
      • Exposed to role models at Ivy League Congress on F&A
      • Ministry Centers established at Brown, Cornell and Princeton
    • Alumni
      • 10 City Christian Unions
  • 35. Bible Courses
    • Consist of 8-10 students meeting each week to study the Scriptures with a Christian Union Ministry Fellow. Homework must be completed before each session.
    • There is currently a waiting list. We do not have the Ministry Fellows to meet the demand.
  • 36. Growth of Bible Courses
  • 37.
  • 38. Goals
    • By 2008: A ministry team at Harvard
    • By 2015: A ministry team on every Ivy campus
    • By 2016: A ministry center on every Ivy campus
    • By 2020:
      • 20% of students, staff, and faculty on all campuses receiving the benefits of Christian ministry
      • 100% of students, faculty and staff:
        • Knowing a true follower of Jesus Christ on campus
        • Receiving 3-5 opportunities to hear the gospel every year
        • Having the opportunity to grow in devotion to God and in character development
  • 39. Incredible Leverage Opportunity: 99.7% of the budget needed to transform the Ivy League and the world is already in place Christian Union’s estimated budget of $50M for the year 2020 is a tiny fraction of the Ivy League budgets.
  • 40. Imagine with me…every student having the opportunity to grow in Jesus Christ.
  • 41. Imagine with me…thousands of Ivy League alumni as devout followers of Christ.
  • 42. Changing Lives Changing the World Brown ● Columbia ● Cornell ● Dartmouth ● Harvard ● Penn ● Princeton ● Yale Advancing the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the Ivy League
  • 43. Thank You!
  • 44. Christian Union’s 2007-08 Budget: $2.1M
      • All fundraising costs have been underwritten by generous donors.
      • Your donations go directly toward changing lives.
  • 45. What Your Gift Will Do
      • $350 enables a student to deepen his faith through a year of weekly large-group meetings
      • $1,000 pays for staff to personally meet with 500 freshmen during the first weeks of school
      • $5,000 buys a Christian book, such as Mere Christianity , for 1,000 believing and non-believing students
      • $10,000 enables 70 students to attend the Ivy League Congress on Faith & Action and be inspried to use their faith to transform society
      • $22,900 shares Christ via an evangelistic web campaign to the 228,000 Ivy League students, faculty and staff
  • 46. We Need Your Help
    • Alumni
    • Parents
    • Friends
  • 47. Partnership Envelope
  • 48. 240 Nassau Street Princeton, New Jersey 08542 Tel: 609-688-1700
  • 49. Appendix
  • 50. Endorsements
    • “ I give to Christian Union, because the ministry has the integrity and experience to achieve its goal to see the sweeping spiritual transformation of the Ivy League.”
    • Eric Halverson (Cornell ’88, Cambridge ’89, Harvard ’91 )
    • CU Board Member
    • "When I was at Brown and Columbia I would have benefited enormously from the community Christian Union now provides.”
    • Catherine Billon (Brown ’86, Columbia ’89)
    • Founder and CEO of
  • 51. Endorsements
    • "As parents of an Ivy League graduate, Christian Union has been an answer to our prayers, and we can't wait to see what God has in store for the Ivy League in the years ahead.“
    • Gary and Wanda Webb
    • Parents of Princeton Graduate ’03
    • “ In their mission to the Ivy League campuses, Christian Union has emerged as a powerful influence in building tomorrow’s leaders.”
    • Steve Douglass (Harvard ’69) President, Campus Crusade for Christ
  • 52. Christian Union Board of Trustees President, National Fatherhood Initiative Princeton ‘83 Penn ‘96 Roland Warren Manhattan Mayoral Liaison, New York City Office of the Mayor Penn ’89 Lolita Jackson Founder, Qualitas Equity Cornell ’88 Cambridge ’89 Harvard ‘91 Eric Halverson Retired Minister Princeton ‘51 Bill Grady Director of Energy Debt Financing, Citigroup Cornell ’86 Duke ‘92 Erik Codrington Founder and President, Christian Union Cornell ’88, ’89 Matt Bennett Professional Affiliation School Name
  • 53. 240 Nassau Street Princeton, New Jersey 08542 Tel: 609-688-1700