InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has launched a “2030 Calling” — an initiative to bring Christian fellowships to all major college campuses in the United States in the next 12 years.
As students across the country are returning to campuses this fall, the inter-denominational, evangelical Christian campus ministry announced its new initiative on Monday to bring Christian ministries to all 2,500 U.S. college campuses that have over 1,000 students by the year 2030.
According to the ministry, about 53 percent of those 2,500 schools do not have a known campus ministry presence.
“Our deep conviction is that every student at every university and every faculty member at every university deserves an opportunity to hear the Gospel in a compelling, passionate and personal way from somebody that they know,” Greg Jao, Intervarsity director of external relations and senior assistant to InterVarsity President Tom Lin, told The Christian Post. “The best way to do that is to make sure that there is a campus fellowship at every one of those places.”
Jao explained that the 2030 Calling is strategic because “today’s college students represent the leaders in our churches, government, businesses and nonprofits of tomorrow.”
“Reaching today’s college students and introducing them to the Gospel and helping them to follow Jesus not only changes their lives but changes the trajectory of our country over decades,” he said.
In a statement, Lin explained that the 2030 Calling signals a “new shift” in how the organization approaches campus ministry. He also stressed that the goal isn’t necessarily to bring InterVarsity to every campus but to ensure there is some form of fellowship present at all of the campuses.
“This is not about planting InterVarsity’s flag on every campus; it’s about declaring God’s glory on every campus,” Lin stressed. “We believe the Lord can use us, in partnership with others, to bring a powerful movement of the Spirit among a new generation of students and faculty. We truly are longing for revival on campus. And we believe that, in the next 12 years, that’s exactly what God will do through the 2030 Calling.”
As just under 20 million students are attending college in America in 2018, about one-third have no religious affiliation and many are looking for answers to the problems and struggles they face. InterVarsity hopes to change that by partnering with campus ministries, alumni, volunteers and churches to plant new chapters. It also hopes to mobilize millions to pray.
“There are numbers like 30 percent of college students no longer identify as a member of any religious group and that number seems to be growing. While that is troubling, we actually see that as an opportunity,” Jao told CP. “For many of the people who identify now as nones, our experience is that does not mean they are rejecting religion particularly. It seems more likely they are rejecting a cultural identification with our religious identity. It is the nominal Christian, the ‘show-up-at-holiday’ Christian who no longer is willing to be identified as Christian.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith