CRU, formally known as Campus Crusade for Christ,
serves around 300 regular attenders each week at the University of
CRU is a Christian organization that is alive on
campuses all over the world and is not based off of any Christian denomination.
It is simply Christian with teachings based off the Bible. Their mission
statement is for every person on campus to know at least one dedicated
Emily Glinski, a sophomore majoring in business
administration and communication, is a dedicated and active member of CRU.
“I personally co-lead the women’s May Roach Hall Bible
study, which is a lot of fun, and you can find me at CRU every Thursday,”
Glinski said. “I help out wherever CRU may need me. I have been to all the big
events such as TCX, the Fall Getaway, the Volleyball Blast in September, the
outdoor Packer game and the corn roast.”
CRU’s Women’s Month is the whole month of March.
Women’s weekly Bible studies meet together in Lower Debot. Men’s month then
follows in April.
CRU is also currently planning a big event and trip to
Panama City Beach over Spring Break.
“Students will attend a conference, do outreach and
hang out with their friends all week,” Glinski said.
Trevor Haug, a fourth-year student majoring in
accounting, business administration and political science, likes that CRU
offers the opportunity to share faith with other students on campus and get
people involved in many opportunities to get to know other students.
“Our partner organization, International Justice
Mission, is holding a 27-hour event in March where we will volunteer students
who will physically stand for 27 hours to raise awareness for the 27 million
victims of human trafficking around the world,” Haug said.
Besides all these upcoming events, CRU also holds Bible
studies each week in every hall including major-related Bible studies, sport
Bible studies, a “Men’s Morning” at Debot every Saturday, CRU sports at 5:30
p.m. every Friday in the Health Enhancement Center and events with the Epic
Asian CRU Ministry.
CRU also has an ongoing mentorship program called
Discipleship, an individualized Bible study each week between two students.
CRU meets every Thursday in the Dreyfus University
Center at 9 p.m. Anyone, regardless of their faith, can meet, hang out with
friends, hear speakers and worship to a student-led band. CRU has full-time
staff, interns and students who all work to make everything happen.
“Our meetings are about an hour and a half long and
start off with a game. After that, we will usually sing contemporary Christian
songs along with a student-led band. We will then hear a student’s testimony,
which is essentially their faith story about what God has been doing in their
life and teaching them,” Glinski said. “These testimonies talk about what a
student’s life was like without God and how it has changed with God in it.
After that, we hear the main talk, usually given by a CRU staff member,
followed by a bit more of singing worship songs.”
Bethany Bauer, a senior majoring in communicative
disorders, thinks that CRU is a great place to get connected with people who
are exploring or have found what they were looking for.
“College is the time when many students explore and
solidify what they believe in,” Bauer said. “I love the community and the
genuine relationships I’ve formed as a part of being in CRU. It’s a welcoming
atmosphere where people really support each other and are invested in helping
them grow closer to God.”
CRU is a place where students can go to grow in their
faith in a safe and fun environment.
“My favorite part about being involved with CRU is
being able to build lifetime relationships and be able to work with my closest
friends to be able to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the rest of
my campus,” Haug said.
“CRU has helped me in so many areas of my life, and I
am so thankful that I started going to CRU as a freshman because I have made
dozens of close friends,” Glinski said. “The people at CRU are genuine people
who deeply care about everyone. They are friends who I know I will have for a
lifetime and are people that I can trust and confide in.”