Cru / Campus Crusade for Christ

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Cru seeks to help 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 do evangelism and discipleship. Its ministry encompasses more than 190 countries, being carried out by more than 25,000 staff members. The ministry has more than 30 program ministries, such as Jesus Film project, Josh McDowell Ministry, Military Ministry, Andre Kole Ministry, Athletes in Action, Arrowhead Conferences and Events, The Campus Ministry, and Family Life. Their vision is to help build spiritual movements everywhere so everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus Christ.

Contact information

Mailing address:
100 Lake Hart Drive, 3100
P O Box 628222
Orlando, FL 32832-0100


Phone: (407) 826-2165


Organization details

EIN: 956006173

CEO/President: Steve Sellers

Chairman: R. Barry Cannada

Board size: 10

Founder: Dr. William Bright

Year founded: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


Campus Crusade for Christ (with plans to change its name to Cru beginning in 2012), seeks to help 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 do evangelism and discipleship. Its ministry encompasses more than 190 countries, being carried out by more than 25,000 staff members. The ministry has more than 30 program ministries, such as Jesus Film project, Josh McDowell Ministry, Military Ministry, Andre Kole Ministry, Athletes in Action, Arrowhead Conferences and Events, The Campus Ministry, and Family Life. Their vision is to help build spiritual movements everywhere so everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Movement

When God works through like-minded people to win people to faith in Jesus Christ, build them in their faith through life-changing discipleship and send them to win and build others, Campus Crusade for Christ says that a spiritual movement has begun.

Campus Crusade for Christ believes that God has called them to help build these spiritual movements everywhere, so everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus Christ.

To that end, they are emphasizing several key objectives:

Student Movements

Today's college students are tomorrow's world leaders. Campus Crusade for Christ believes there would be changes in the world if every one of the 110 million college students had an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel every year.

Campus Crusade for Christ wants to see students everywhere embrace the purpose, love and forgiveness that God offers them in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Leader Movements

Every day, leaders in business and government make influential decisions that reverberate through society. Campus Crusade for Christ believes the world would be different and better if those decisions were being made by men and women who were truly following Jesus.

Campus Crusade for Christ wants to help build spiritual movements among leaders so their influence can be used by God to draw people everywhere to himself.

Church-based Movements

As innovators in tools for evangelism and discipleship, Campus Crusade for Christ helps the body of Christ win, build and send people. They are also helping to plant churches in the most unreached regions of the world through JESUS Film translations and mission trips.

Virtual Movements

Recognizing that many people worldwide are using the Web to explore spirituality, Campus Crusade for Christ sees Internet evangelism and discipleship as a key component to helping people begin a relationship with God and truly follow Jesus.

Campus Crusade for Christ is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

Campus Crusade for Christ, Inc. uses the following to express its mission statement:

Launching spiritual movements by winning, building, and sending Christ-centered multiplying disciples.

Statement of faith

Campus Crusade for Christ uses the following to express its 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 movement, 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth -- personally, visibly and bodily -- to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
  17. 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: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating391 of 91316 of 27
Fund acquisition rating542 of 91521 of 27
Resource allocation rating247 of 91510 of 27
Asset utilization rating483 of 91316 of 27

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$31,715,000$32,140,000$30,700,000$29,159,000$28,853,000
Short-term investments$316,913,000$282,443,000$261,115,000$225,126,000$182,634,000
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$443,654,000$380,172,000$348,075,000$305,791,000$274,561,000
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$41,484,000$49,364,000$50,062,000$50,522,000$53,291,000
Other long-term assets$451,000$1,750,000$1,336,000$1,097,000$1,132,000
Total long-term assets$41,935,000$51,114,000$51,398,000$51,619,000$54,423,000
Total assets$485,589,000$431,286,000$399,473,000$357,410,000$328,984,000
Payables and accrued expenses$42,818,000$50,321,000$52,914,000$45,548,000$43,291,000
Other current liabilities$49,324,000$46,566,000$39,129,000$38,019,000$32,801,000
Total current liabilities$92,142,000$96,887,000$92,043,000$83,567,000$76,092,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$36,483,000$34,818,000$21,864,000$26,539,000$32,082,000
Total long-term liabilities$37,089,000$35,330,000$22,414,000$27,129,000$32,742,000
Total liabilities$129,231,000$132,217,000$114,457,000$110,696,000$108,834,000
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$341,350,000$284,148,000$270,801,000$233,888,000$211,775,000
With donor restrictions$15,008,000$14,921,000$14,215,000$12,826,000$8,375,000
Net assets$356,358,000$299,069,000$285,016,000$246,714,000$220,150,000
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$570,109,000$590,924,000$578,159,000$549,316,000$526,287,000
Program service revenue$20,121,000$21,204,000$21,802,000$21,674,000$22,806,000
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$9,849,000$12,499,000$27,500,000$27,419,000$20,708,000
Total other revenue$29,970,000$33,703,000$49,302,000$49,093,000$43,514,000
Total revenue$600,079,000$624,627,000$627,461,000$598,409,000$569,801,000
Program services$474,799,000$508,896,000$497,147,000$492,248,000$466,384,000
Management and general$42,218,000$44,102,000$43,879,000$42,191,000$43,883,000
Total expenses$569,743,000$606,807,000$594,303,000$578,040,000$553,479,000
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$30,336,000$17,820,000$33,158,000$20,369,000$16,322,000
Other changes in net assets$26,953,000($3,767,000)$5,144,000$6,195,000$39,396,000
Total change in net assets$57,289,000$14,053,000$38,302,000$26,564,000$55,718,000


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

We are changing our name from Campus Crusade for Christ to Cru beginning in 2012. This decision was saturated in prayer and initiated for the sole purpose of reaching the world with the claims of Christ.

Recent media reports have questioned our commitment to Jesus and our calling as ministers of the gospel. Those who know and partner with us realize that this is simply untrue. As an organization, we are unswervingly committed to proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ in all that we do. We are 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.

It is true that we care more about effectively proclaiming the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ than we do about having the word "Christ" in our name. The only name that matters is Jesus and what matters most is connecting people to the name that gives life.

For those who may be concerned we have lost our moorings, please rest assured that we are the same organization that has shared the gospel billions of times. We remain committed to the vision and calling that God gave Bill and Vonette Bright in 1951.

We exist for the sole purpose of helping individuals experience the transforming grace and forgiveness of the gospel through Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us in taking the initiative to help every person on the planet have the opportunity to say, "Yes," to Jesus. Help us as we stand for Christ. Then help us take Jesus to the world.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/17/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Campus Crusade for Christ, Inc. was founded in 1951 by William R. ("Bill") Bright, with a commitment to the Lord's Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20.

When CCCI began, its strategies and materials were radical and relevant to the culture of the day. As the society has changed, CCCI has continued to develop and discover new strategies and materials to communicate the message of Jesus Christ just as effectively today as it did on the UCLA campus in 1951. Whether it's new ministries, new strategies, or a new look for old materials, CCCI staff members continue to target their wide variety of audiences.

On July 22, 2001, ministry founder Bill Bright passed the presidential torch of CCCI to Steve Douglass. Steve joined the staff of CCCI more than 30 years ago, and has served CCCI as Executive Vice President, Director of the U.S. Ministries, and the Board of Directors. In 2000, Bill Bright was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, an ailment afflicting the lungs. He passed away on July 19, 2003.

Program accomplishments

Cru has become one of the largest Christian organizations in the world.

The organization of Campus Crusade for Christ has many sub-ministries that are part of the whole. Or another way to look at it, all the sub-ministries are in fact the organization that is known as Campus Crusade for Christ.

Campus Crusade for Christ's United States Ministries:

  • Andr Kole Ministry
    Presenting the claims of Christ using the artistic means of illusion in Andr's live stage shows worldwide.
    Andr Kole Productions
    325 West Southern
    Tempe, AZ 85282
    (480) 968-8625
  • Arrowhead Conferences and Events
    Arrowhead Conferences and Events is Campus Crusade for Christ's meeting planning ministry. ACE serves Campus Crusade and other Christian ministries with their conference planning needs - from staff retreats to multi-city and city-wide major events.
    Arrowhead Conferences and Events
    300 East State Street, Suite 470
    Redlands, CA 92373
    (909) 798-1965 ext. 113
  • Athletes in Action
    Reaching the United States and resourcing the world through the influence of sports.
    Athletes in Action
    651 Taylor Drive
    Xenia, OH 45385
    (937) 352-1000
  • Bright Media Foundation
    Bright Media Foundation develops and promotes the use of media tools, based on the literary works of Bill and Vonette Bright, to disciple future generations.
    Bright Media Foundation
    100 Lake Hart Drive, #2100
    Orlando, FL 32832
  • The Campus Ministry
    Partnering with the whole body of Christ to reach the world's university students with the gospel, turning lost students into Christ-centered laborers.
    The Campus Ministry
    Campus Crusade for Christ
    100 Lake Hart Drive, #2500
    Orlando, FL 32832
    (407) 826-2500
  • Faculty Commons
    Reaching and equipping professors to reach their colleagues.
    Faculty Commons
    P.O. Box 129
    Addison, TX 75001
    (972) 713-7130
  • Christian Embassy - United Nations
    Reaching diplomatic leaders with the gospel at the United Nations.
  • Christian Embassy, Washington D.C.
    Reaching government, military and diplomatic leaders with the gospel, in Washington D.C.
    2000 N. 14th Street
    Suite 230
    Arlington, VA 22201
    (703) 525-1770
  • Executive Ministries
    Turning influencers into Great Commission Leaders.
    Executive Ministries
    P.O. Box 25391
    Winston-Salem, NC 27114
  • FamilyLife
    Equipping couples and individuals to build godly homes through FamilyLife Conferences (marriage, parenting and urban), Homebuilders Bible Studies and "FamilyLife Today" radio broadcasts.
    P.O. Box 7111
    Little Rock, AR 72223
    1-800-FLTODAY (1-800-358-6329)
  • Global Aid Network (GAiN)
    Demonstrating the love of God through word and deed to hurting and needy people around the world through relief and development projects.
    Global Aid Network
    Box 139020
    Dallas, TX 75313-9020
    (972) 234-0800
  • Global Media Outreach
    Introducing millions of people in their native languages to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and connecting them to the local church through websites like and
    Global Media Outreach
    16330 Los Gatos Blvd.
    Los Gatos, CA 95032
    (408) 358-3470
  • Grad Resources
    Serving the practical, personal and spiritual needs of graduate and professional students.
    Grad Resources
    5501 Independence Parkway, Suite 100
    Plano, TX 75023
    (972) 867-0188 or toll free at 1-800-867-0188
  • Here's Life Inner City
    Mobilizing urban churches to meet physical and spiritual needs in the inner city.
    Here's Life Inner City
    142 West 36 Street
    New York, NY 10018
    (212) 494-0321
  • International Leadership Academy
    Working with other evangelical organizations to develop a model training strategy that is sustainable and reproducible by national churches and ministries.
    International Leadership Academy
    PO Box 13007
    Prescott, AZ 86304
  • JESUS Film Project
    Showing "JESUS" to everyone in the world in his or her native tongue.
    JESUS Film Project
    100 Lake Hart Drive
    Orlando, FL 32832
    (407) 826-2300

    Jesus Film Mission Trips
  • CrossRoads
    This character-based educational strategy is dedicated to helping communities around the world discover the hope, life, and truth of Jesus Christ in the midst of devastating social crises like HIV/AIDS.
    100 Lake Hart Drive
    Orlando, FL 32832
  • Josh McDowell Ministry
    Winning people worldwide to Christ and convincing them of the credibility of Christianity and attractiveness and reasonableness of a Biblical lifestyle.
    Josh McDowell Ministry
    P.O. Box 131000
    Dallas, TX 75313
    (972) 907-1000
  • Keynote
    Using music and multimedia to present the gospel in culturally relevant manners.
    18711 N Union Street
    Westfield, IN 46074
    (317) 867-0400
  • The King's College
    Educating leaders for the new millenium.
    The King's College
    Empire State Building
    350 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10118
    (212) 659-7200
  • Life Builders
    Building into the lives of individuals through one-to-one evangelism and discipleship.
    Life Builders
    PO Box 211684
    Bedford, TX 76095
    (817) 540-2222
  • Medical Strategic Network
    A partnering ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ that equips medical professionals to strategically penetrate their spheres of influence with the gospel.
    Medical Strategic Network
    P.O. Box 2052
    Redlands, CA 92373
    (909) 794-4232
  • Military Ministry
    Bringing hope and resources to the military worldwide.
    Military Ministry
    6060 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 6012
    Newport News, VA 23605
  • NewLife Resources
    Serving churches and ministering to Christians with tools for building effective ministry.
    New Life Resources
    (770) 631-9940
  • The Orlando Institute
    Equipping leaders to make disciples by offering certificates and Master's degrees through both residential and distance learning programs.
  • Priority Associates
    Presenting Christ and developing spiritual leaders in the marketplace.
    Priority Associates Headquarters
    797 North Orange Avenue
    Orlando, FL 32801
    (407) 843-3294
  • Single Life Resources, A Dick Purnell Ministry
    Providing speakers and resources to help reach single adults with the gospel and help them grow to maturity in Christ.
    Dick Purnell Communications
    P.O. Box 1166
    Cary, NC 27512
    (919) 363-8000
  • Student Venture
    Reaching high school students for Christ.
  • Women Today International
    Providing spiritual and intellectual resources and opportunities for women to help them be effective ambassadors for Christ in every workplace and neighborhood.
  • World Headquarters at Lake Hart
    Providing vital services and strategic resources to accelerate the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
    Campus Crusade for Christ International
    World Headquarters at Lake Hart
    100 Lake Hart Drive
    Orlando, FL 32832
  • Worldwide Challenge Magazine
    Reaching over 150,000 people with encouraging, faith-stretching stories and inspiring, award-winning photography to share the life-changing work God is accomplishing throughout the world.
    Worldwide Challenge
    100 Lake Hart Drive, #1600
    Orlando, FL 32832
    Subscriptions: 1-800-688-2390
    All other inquiries: (407) 826-2390