Christian Union

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Summary

Changing culture for the glory of God by discipling, mentoring and training future leaders at some of the most strategic universities in America.

Christian Union was founded in 2002 to transform our nation and world by developing and connecting bold Christian leaders.

Christian Union's vision for changing culture requires reaching an especially influential segment of the US population with the Gospel. The need is profound; the worldview of this unreached people group affects us personally, shaping our economy, government, media, and education.

Christian Union focuses energy toward developing Christian leaders at eight universities and select cities because of their extraordinary influence on our culture and society. The universities are: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale. Out of the 2,500 four-year colleges and universities in the country, these eight produce 50 percent of the most influential leaders in our nation. Graduates from these schools also have extraordinary influence on the international scene.

Although most of these universities were founded on Christian conviction, they have become intensely secular. While students are academically bright, they know little about Jesus Christ. Fewer than 10 percent will experience any Christian ministry regularly during their student years. Even with the help of local churches and national campus ministries, the proportion of Christian involvement and impact on these campuses has not changed in 50 years.

Christian Union takes a unique approach, employing highly qualified ministry faculty and producing exceptional curriculum geared toward developing Christian leaders. The ministry helps students and professionals discover the intellectual validity of Christian faith, the profound joy of seeking God wholeheartedly, and the practical skills to become significantly more impactful in their spheres of influence.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Union
19 Vandeventer Avenue
Princeton, NJ 08542

Website: christianunion.org

Phone: 609-688-1700

Email: giving@christianunion.org


Organization details

EIN: 223834440

CEO/President: Matt Bennett

Chairman: Matt Bennett

Board size: 5

Founder: Matt Bennett

Year founded: 2003

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2010


Purpose

Imagine the United States transformed by the leadership and values of Christians of wholehearted devotion to the Lord. Christian Union seeks a spiritually vibrant nation marked by Christian values permeating every corner of society. Christian Union's two main emphases on select universities and professionals in key cities reflect our concern to reach people groups that exert disproportionate cultural influence in the United States.


Mission statement

Christian Union's mission is to develop and mobilize godly leadership across all sectors of society. The ministry seeks to bring sweeping transformation to the nation's most influential universities and to key cities that shape American culture.


Statement of faith

The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God's infallible written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.

We accept those areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true Christians.

Because of the specialized calling of our organization, we desire to allow for freedom of conviction on other doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation is based upon the Bible alone, and that no such interpretation shall become an issue which hinders the ministry to which God has called us.

There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.

Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.

He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.

He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died.

He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own.

Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation.

Man's nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

The salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified them in His sight.

It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written word.

The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer's life by faith.

Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.

Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith.

God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement.

At physical death the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing.

At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation.

Jesus Christ will come again to the earth - personally, visibly and bodily - to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us."

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Leadership Training

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating808 of 91316 of 20
Fund acquisition rating619 of 91513 of 20
Resource allocation rating587 of 91510 of 20
Asset utilization rating856 of 91318 of 20

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
11%12%12%27%12%13%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
7%13%12%23%12%13%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
83%102%103%85%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%13%13%14%15%16%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
17%-2%-3%15%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
79%79%81%80%78%78%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%96%96%163%81%79%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%75%77%130%63%62%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%4%4%-63%19%21%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%11%14%-130%31%46%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%8%7%7%7%6%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.750.820.891.061.271.57
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.193.814.2515.482.271.87
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.443.133.7716.422.892.92
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.282.6210.712.6713.1912.61
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.120.380.090.370.080.08
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.302.382.890.463.843.78
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
16%66%70%68%7%10%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%56%68%66%4%6%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
41%41%34%30%73%57%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$2,315,807$2,096,470$438,687$3,539,543$3,161,120
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$266,832$110,213$271,326$243,280$118,526
Short-term investments$927,336$980,368$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,509,975$3,187,051$710,013$3,782,823$3,279,646
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$9,839,703$10,316,331$10,195,314$4,734,871$2,584,058
Other long-term assets$11,385$54,703$87,389$76,310$255,338
Total long-term assets$9,851,088$10,371,034$10,282,703$4,811,181$2,839,396
Total assets$13,361,063$13,558,085$10,992,716$8,594,004$6,119,042
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$158,135$116,587$85,995$106,837$80,037
Other current liabilities$1,180,000$180,909$180,000$180,000$180,000
Total current liabilities$1,338,135$297,496$265,995$286,837$260,037
Debt$7,490,794$9,208,832$7,242,075$315,361$349,897
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$15,500$15,500$17,300$1,850$6,350
Total long-term liabilities$7,506,294$9,224,332$7,259,375$317,211$356,247
Total liabilities$8,844,429$9,521,828$7,525,370$604,048$616,284
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$3,483,960$2,008,068$3,400,515$6,905,219$3,152,343
With donor restrictions$1,032,674$2,028,189$66,831$1,084,737$2,350,415
Net assets$4,516,634$4,036,257$3,467,346$7,989,956$5,502,758
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$11,706,941$12,922,576$6,081,884$13,416,145$12,147,901
Program service revenue$0$31,190$66,915$149,186$128,888
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($98,125)($50,935)$1,163,842$819($730)
Other revenue($155,928)($340,438)($174,384)($165,076)($185,859)
Total other revenue($254,053)($360,183)$1,056,373($15,071)($57,701)
Total revenue$11,452,888$12,562,393$7,138,257$13,401,074$12,090,200
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$8,645,763$9,690,304$9,274,081$8,486,233$7,500,772
Management and general$892,928$784,984$769,667$809,788$545,309
Fundraising$1,433,699$1,530,748$1,617,119$1,617,855$1,530,583
Total expenses$10,972,390$12,006,036$11,660,867$10,913,876$9,576,664
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$480,498$556,357($4,522,610)$2,487,198$2,513,536
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$480,498$556,357($4,522,610)$2,487,198$2,513,536

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Michael LeeCOO$257,732
Richard BlackAthletic Min Director$228,814
David MagnusonAvp Development$175,549
Cheryl SelfVP of Development$165,915
Matt BennettChairman/CEO$146,760
Scott CrosbyMinistry Director$142,895
David FarrowAssoc VP of University$120,072
Ken FishDirector$9,992
Winston WuTreasurer$1,500

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/24/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

In 2002, Christian Union launched its first leadership development ministry at Princeton, one of the nation's foremost universities. The ministry's Founder and CEO, Matt Bennett, had long observed the influence that top secular universities possess when it comes to producing many of the nation's most prominent leaders. He had a conviction that US culture could and would be changed as these schools were influenced by the Gospel.

As a student member of Cru in the 1980s and later as a staff member and director at Princeton for more than a decade, Bennett ('88, MBA '89), a Cornell alumnus himself, saw firsthand the impact a campus ministry could have if it were tailored to the spiritual, intellectual, and relational needs of highly intelligent, goal-oriented students.

The ministry launched first at Princeton University with just three students constituting its first Bible course. Today, the ministry at Princeton engages more than 400 students in its weekly Bible courses.

On each campus where it operates, Christian Union's highly credentialed ministry and teaching fellows mentor students and lead challenging, academically oriented Bible courses designed to help students develop a robust understanding of Scripture and Christian worldview. The ministries also host conferences, leadership lecture series, and evangelistic outreach events as they seek to change the spiritual climate at very secular institutions.

Thanks to the early lessons learned at schools like Princeton, and God's gracious provision at every step, each campus launched in the years since 2002 has experienced steady, fairly predictable growth patterns.

The natural progression of supporting alumni of the ministry as they transitioned into careers in major cities such as New York, and the strategic impact of such cities, led to the launch of the Cities ministries, which serve alumni as well as professionals.

Christian Union's most recent ministry, Christian Union Day & Night, was launched in 2016. Day & Night's mission is to promote spiritual strengthening in Christians across America, helping them thrive in order to make an impact in an increasingly secular culture by covenanting together for successive spiritual initiatives. Given the spiritual state of the nation, nothing less than the full power and presence of God will enable Christians to glorify him in all his splendor.


Program accomplishments

1,089 - Last year, 1,089 students, at just nine of these 20 undergraduate institutions, were part of a weekly Christian Union Bible course.

2,773 - Since its launch in 2002, Christian Union has seen 2,773 students graduate from its university ministries.


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