by Julie Loos
The Campus Renewal Ministry mission excites me: “to create and catalyze united movements that transform college campuses for Christ. By bringing students, campus ministries, and local churches together in prayer and evangelism, we strengthen the influence of the Body of Christ on campus."
Of late, I’ve been captivated by my readings on the role of the college campus in past spiritual awakenings. I am convicted of the importance of students, campus ministries and churches all working together, especially in prayer, for our campuses. It’s made me examine the key relationships God has given me and ask how I might use them to this end.
I sense an urgency for this unified effort especially when I read Dan Hayes’ statement in Fireseeds that “…we clearly observe the importance of the college campus in God’s global plans and surmise that if revival is to break out again, there is a great likelihood that it will be on the campus, as it has been historically, and that the results of such a revival today would be nothing short of the fulfillment of the Great Commission.”1
A Cord of Three Strands.
As Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “a cord of three strands is hard to break.” Commentaries on this passage note that cooperation is better than competition; and notes an old saying “Dum singuli pugnant, universi vincuntur—While they fight in detached parties, they sacrifice the general cause.” Are we sacrificing the greater cause of Christ on campus by “fighting in detached parties?
My own ministry affiliations -- Ratio Christi, Moms in Prayer International and the Collegiate Day of Prayer -- touch those students, campus ministries and local churches CRM wants to strengthen to influence the Body on campus. What if we all used our “strategic strands” of ministries to weave what we have individually into a corporate cord of strength for what God wants to do on our country’s campuses?
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