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CLA Ministry Spotlight: Cru

Today’s Spotlight is on Christian Leadership Alliance

Founder’s Council Member: Cru

Cru is a caring community passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ.

Cru’s purpose is helping to fulfill the Great Commission in the power of the Holy Spirit by winning people to faith in Jesus Christ, building them in their faith and sending them to win and build others and helping the body of Christ to do evangelism and discipleship through a variety of creative ways.

Cru is committed to the centrality of the cross, the truth of the Word, the power of the Holy Spirit and the global scope of the Great Commission. Read their Statement of Faith.

Cru offers spiritual guidance, resources and programs tailored for people from all cultures in every walk of life through many diverse outreaches, including:

  • 2,300 campus ministries engaging more than 101,000 students and faculty in ministry on U.S. college campuses.
  • Cru’s city ministry serving in over 50 cities and partners with over 2,000 churches and organizations in mobilizing Christ followers to share God’s love throughout the city.
  • More than 4 million people in 109 countries have been trained at a Weekend to Remember marriage getaway or an event sponsored by FamilyLife, a Cru ministry. Nearly 100 million people have heard Dennis and Barbara Rainey on their daily radio program “FamilyLife Today” and “Real FamilyLife,” found biblical help and hope on line at, read their books and marriage devotionals or participated in a Homebuilders bible study over more than 40 years.
  • The athletic ministry has outreaches in 64 countries, 225 college campuses and 46 professional sports teams in the U.S. along with sports media that touches the lives of an estimated 100 million people annually.
  • Ministry to military installations and communities in all 50 states as well as deployed units (ships, flight lines and foxholes)
  • The JESUS film has been shown in more than 1,500 languages and in every nation in the world. To date, Jesus Film Project is responsible for more than 7.7 billion exposures to the gospel and more than 530 million total estimated decisions for Christ.

Cru was originally founded as Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951, when Bill and Vonette Bright began the ministry on the UCLA campus. God had given him a vision portraying the total fulfillment of the Great Commission throughout the world.

From the beginning, Cru has sought to be a caring community as well as a community on mission.

Christian Leadership Alliance invites you to learn more about Cru at


The staff from Cru will be well represented at The Outcomes Conference, April 17-19, 2018.

  • Mark Tjernagel, Cru CFO will be presenting at the CFO Forum
  • Andrea Buczynski,  Cru Vice President, Global Leadership Development and Erik Butz, Vice President, Global Operations will be teaching a workshop: Leading Virtual Teams
  • Joe Williams, Cru Director of Financial Planning and Analysis will team up with Mark Tjernagel for a workshop: Transforming Finance for Greater Impact

Join us in Dallas, Texas at The Outcomes Conference, where Christ-centered leaders come to professionally grow, deeply engage and spiritually refresh. Register now and SAVE!

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What is Christian Leadership Alliance?

Christian Leadership Alliance equips and unites leaders to transform the world for Christ. We are the leaders of Christ-centered organizations who are dedicated to faithful stewardship for greater kingdom impact.

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