The Future Direction of CC C
I joined the staff of CC C over 20 years ago because of the vision of Bill Bright, and wanted to be a part of helping every person on the planet experience the reality of knowing Jesus Christ personally. Ten years ago in a discussion with Dr. Bright I shared with him the tactics of what I was doing to reach the campus I was working on. Dr. Bright's response was not what I expected. He told me it was not my job to only focus on only one campus (University of Nebraska at Kearney). Instead I should be believing God for reaching college students in the entire state of Nebraska. It took a few years, but eventually we spread our staff out across the state and launched movements on nearly every college campus.
Today, in my opinion, we need a clarification of the role of a CC C field staff person to that of being a missional stratigist. We will move forward in impacting the world for Christ through building movements everywhere when we empower student leaders, volunteers, and partner together with churches and other organizations.
Tonight as the year 2007 comes to an end, I see hope in future. A posting appeared on our CCC staff website from Steve Sellers, Vice President of the Americas.
My friend Andy McCullough asked Steve this question: "What do you feel is the greatest organizational barrier to seeing movements built everywhere? And how are we as an organization willing to make the changes necessary to remove that barrier?"
Below is Steve's response that has me filled with great hope and joy for the future of our organization.
Answer. "The greatest organizational barrier we currently have is that we still have a mentality that movement building is related to what we as staff members do as opposed to how we equip and raise up volunteers for ministry.
We can never get to Movements Everywhere just by adding more staff members or by increasing the burden of what they are expected to do. We need to change our paradigms and begin thinking differently.
We will get to Movements Everywhere only when we understand our role to raise up a generation of volunteers who may not work with CC C, who we are not in charge of and many of whom we won't even know. They will be people we are willing to partner with and to resource so that they can "be that person who truly follows Jesus."
We'll provide perspective, training and tools both directly and indirectly, and then they will build movements according to their unique motivation and gifting. It may not look like a Campus Crusade movement but it will connect the lost to Jesus, provide for life changing discipleship, produce multiplying laborers and generate its own local resources.
When those four elements are in place, we've done what God has called us to do whether or not that movement is connected to Crusade. All the while we will continue to do ministry and build movements as Crusade. But just hunkering down with people we know and have direct influence over will not get the job done."