Religion, Spiritual Development

Christian Union Inc

Developing Christian Leaders to Transform Culture

Princeton, NJ   |  http://www.christianunion.org/

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2003

Founder and CEO

Mr. Matt Bennett

Main address

19 Vandeventer Avenue

Princeton, NJ 08542 USA

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EIN

22-3834440

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Christian (X20)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For virtue to guide a society, those in positions of influence must value and promote it themselves. When that happens, society tends to follow suit. James Davison Hunter, University of Virginia professor, noted that while fewer than 14% of Americans self-identify as secularists, the nation's business, law, government, academic, and entertainment institutions are intensely secular. While many others have strong Christian convictions, there is jarring lack of Christian vitality among those in positions of cultural influence. The most influential people in academia, the arts, business, education, government, media, medicine, and law are secular. Of the 3,039 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., alumni of the top 20 of these schools account for nearly 70% of the nation's key leaders. By developing Christian leaders, Christian Union's seeks to bring sweeping transformation to the nation's most influential universities and to key cities that shape American culture.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Christian Union University

Christian Union focuses energy toward developing Christian leaders at the most culturally strategic universities and select cities because of their extraordinary influence on our culture and society. The universities include: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. Out of the 2,500 four-year colleges and universities in the country, just 20 produce nearly 70 percent of the most influential leaders in our nation. Graduates from these schools also have extraordinary influence on the international scene. Although many leading universities were founded on Christian conviction, all of them have become intensely secular. Fewer than 10 percent will experience any Christian ministry regularly during their student years. Christian Union deploys highly qualified ministry faculty and uses exceptional proprietary curriculum geared toward developing Christian leaders. The ministry helps students discover the intellectual validity of Christian faith, the profound joy of seeking God wholeheartedly, and the practical leadership skills to make a godly impact in the world.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Christian Union Cities tailors its resources to professionals pursuing spiritual growth and effectiveness as Christian leaders in key U.S. cities. Those giving leadership to academic, business, entertainment, government, and legal institutions are disproportionately secular. Currently there is a disparity between the worldview and value system of many Americans and that of its key leadership. Cultural transformation will require that Christians in an array of strategic fields develop a vision and commitment to leverage their God-given gifts, training, and positioning to bless society.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Christian Union Day & Night utilizes technology as a platform to cast a broader net in order to mobilize thousands of Christians, along with Christian Union students and alumni, to fervently pray for sweeping spiritual change in America. It promotes spiritual disciplines that strengthen believers across America, helping them make an impact on an increasingly secular worldview 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.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Christians

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2010

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of students enrolled in Christian Union Bible courses

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Christian Union University

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Schools with students enrolled: Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania (2013), Harvard Law School (2013), Brown (2014), (Stanford ministry opens 2017)

Day & Night social media presence

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Participants in Christian Union Cities Conference

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

CHRISTIAN UNION UNIVERSITY: Ministry-wide key goals in 2018-2019 BIBLE COURSE ENROLLMENT TOTAL: 1,531 students Brown: 113 Columbia: 190 Cornell: 143 Dartmouth: 140 Harvard: 165 Harvard Law School: 10 Princeton: 310 University of Pennsylvania: 140 Stanford: 50 Yale: 71 Campus Transformation Goals • Reform destructive elements of campus culture. o Mentor and coach student leaders trying to change the binge-drinking culture, such as those of TeamSober at Yale. o Coach and resource student efforts to stop and/or mitigate Sex Week-type programs at each of the universities affected.

Christian Union employs a multi-prong strategy to develop the Christian leaders who will transform our culture. 1) CHRISTIAN UNION UNIVERSITY - Christian leadership development program to undergraduates at nine target schools (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Yale) and two graduate schools (Harvard Law, Columbia University). A relationally intensive program featuring: BIBLE COURSES using proprietary curriculum, taught by high-caliber ministry faculty who are full-time Christian Union employees; Personal mentoring and leadership training by ministry faculty; Leadership Lecture Series focusing on deepening faith, and connecting faith and vocation; OFF-CAMPUS CONFERENCES hosted by each campus ministry as well as across the whole ministry; OUTREACH AND EVANGELISM PROGRAMS such as "Text for Toasties" answering questions about Christianity while delivering toasted cheese sandwiches, and distributing hundreds of free books such as Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christ by Lee Stroebel, and The Reason for God by Tim Keller; ACTS OF KINDNESS including homemade cookies given our during finals, hot chocolate near fraternities/sororities on cold weekend nights, and freshman welcoming kits. Students who come to Christ through the ministry remain involved on a regular basis, growing in faith, and Christian leadership. 2) CHRISTIAN UNION CITIES - Working in key cities, beginning in New York City, offers Community Groups, a speaker series, mentoring program and conferences to Christian Union ministry alumni as well as professionals pursuing spiritual growth and effectiveness as Christian leaders. 3) NEXUS CONFERENCES - For students across the ten universities Christian Union ministries who are seeking to dedicate their vocations to godly influence; 4) CU DAY & NIGHT - encourage a nationwide audience to seek God wholeheartedly through an online portal promoting spiritual strengthening in Christians across America; 5) MINISTRY CENTERS - Christian Union operates centers at Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Princeton, and Yale to maximize capacity and impact many hundreds of students annually; 6) THE MAGAZINE - Christian Union: The Magazine is a free publication that reports on developments of interest at leading universities and in key cities.

Christian Union's qualifications include: 1) Christian Union founder and CEO Matt Bennett served for 12 years with Campus Crusade (now CRU) at Princeton. He is a graduate of Cornell University (BA '88, MBA '89), one of the schools served by Christian Union, and holds an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Matt was used by God to develop one of the largest ministries in Ivy League history, approaching ten percent of the undergraduate student body; 2) Employing high-caliber, degreed and experienced ministry faculty – on a full-time basis, to serve students at each of our 10 ministries. Currently, more than 92% of Christian Union faculty have earned seminary or other graduate degrees. With depth of training and experience in their backgrounds, faculty members can effectively teach and train students at the highest levels. Christian Union's centralized funding model allows our faculty to focus on teaching students and affords them the time required for intensive relationship building and leadership development. This model helps attract and retain ministry fellows of mature faith and advanced theological training; 3) A Lifestyle Marked by Seeking God: Christian Union promotes biblical Christianity's emphasis on frequent, fervent prayer; large intake of Scripture; repentance; humility through fasting; perseverance; promptly obeying the Spirit; and extended times of gathering with believers; 4) Proprietary Bible course materials of the intellectual caliber that challenges students served by the ministry. Typical four-year program covers: Seeking God Lifestyle (all freshmen), Sex and Spirituality (all freshmen), Vocational Preparation (all seniors), Acts, Colossians, Gospel of Mark, Philippians, Romans, and Hebrews; 5) Access to networks of mature Christian academic, business, and non-profit leaders who are invited to speak on campus to students at Weekly Lecture Series meetings, as well as ministry-sponsored conferences and programs. Speakers in recent years have included president of Gordon College D. Michael Lindsay (Princeton PhD '07); Matthew Bishop, US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief for The Economist; Bob Doll (Wharton MBA), Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management, LLC.; Katherine Leary Alsdorf, founder and director emeritus of Redeemer Center for Faith & Work; Makoto Fujimura, artist and founder of International Arts Movement (1991) and author of Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Christian Culture; Jon Hart, partner, Praxis Academy; and Lori Windham (Harvard Law alumna), senior counsel at non-profit, public interest law firm Becket and member of legal team representing Hobby Lobby before the US Supreme Court.

Christian Union is a goal and measurement-oriented organization which requires accountability on the part of each employee. Goals are established for each area of the organization, whether direct ministry, operations, development, or administration. Results are reviewed each fiscal year with the Executive Leadership Team. <br/><br/>Each campus ministry sets goals and reports on key metrics such as Bible course enrollment by class and sex, number of students involved in ministry leadership roles, attendance at Weekly Lecture Series meetings, hours of prayer, number of Christian books distributed during outreach events, and commitments for Christ. <br/><br/>Bible course evaluations - at the end of each semester, students are asked to complete Bible course evaluations. Questions include: leader's preparation for and leadership of the meeting, content was “interesting, challenging, and applicable to my life", development of close friendships, length of Bible course homework, experiencing God and sense the Holy Spirit's presence and power during the session, starting and finishing on time. Summaries of responses from each campus are posted internally

2002: Matt Bennett (Cornell '88, MBA '89) founds Christian Union in Princeton, NJ. 2003: 1st Bible course, 3 Princeton seniors; 1st Christian Observer newsletters published for Princeton, Cornell, and University of Pennsylvania. 2004: Leadership development ministry launched at Princeton. 2005: 6 faculty and staff, 3 Bible courses, 25 students.1st CU conference in Princeton, Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action (ILCFA). 450 attendees hear plenary speakers including Chuck Colson speak. 2007: Princeton Bible course enrollment: 99 students. 2008: 2nd ILCFA in New Haven, CT. Harvard College ministry launches with Class of 2012. 2009: CU faculty praying 2+hours daily; Princeton ministry=175 students. 2010: Yale ministry launches with Class of 2014. 3 campuses, 250 students in Bible courses. 2011: 3rd ILCFA in Cambridge, MA. Columbia and Dartmouth ministries launched. 2012: 10th anniversary. Dallas and New York City benefit events; Ministry launches at Cornell; Princeton ministry now over 300 students, 7 full-time ministry faculty; largest student organization of any kind on campus; Christian Union Cities relaunched in NYC, hosts forums on Christian leadership, salons, and Bible courses. 2013: University of Pennsylvania ministry launches with Class of 2017; 1st graduate ministry at Harvard Law School; SpokenWord, student teams Bible memorization/performance contest debuts. Dartmouth ministry wins; Christian Worldview Academy 10-day conference at Hopewell House, new conference center in Lake George, NY; 800 students total in Bible courses; Leadership Lecture Series weekly average attendance 406 students; Princeton students launch The Alternative addressing harmful realities of hook-up culture; Ministry faculty model and encourage students to pray frequently and fast regularly. Students pray ~ 8,200 hours and fast 1,061 days. 2014: Brown ministry launches with Class of 2018; 4th ministry-wide student conference, now called Nexus: The Christian Union Conference on Faith and Action, in New Haven, CT; quarterly magazine Ivy League Christian Observer becomes Christian Union: The Magazine in Spring 2014. 2015: Yale ministry house, The James J.W. Pennington Center, opens in April. 1,200+ students in Bible courses. 2016: Stanford ministry starts with Class of 2019; 1st Nexus Professional conference held concurrent with students' Nexus: Christian Union Conference on Faith and Action in New Haven, CT; Freshman Bible course enrollment at capacity, ends early at several campuses. 2017: 15th Anniversary; 1,409 students at 9 campuses enrolled in Bible courses; Christian Union Day & Night, online portal promoting spiritual strengthening in Christians across America, launches; New Princeton ministry center opens: The Robert L. Melrose Center for Christian Leadership; Freshman Bible course enrollment at capacity, additional funding needed to hire more faculty.

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Christian Union Inc

Board of directors
as of 8/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Matthew Bennett

Christian Union, Inc.

Ken Fish

Sr. Finance Executive

Paul Horrocks

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Elizabeth Green

Roland Warren

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Keywords

Influential, Ivy League, Christian, Evangelical, Leaders, Leadership Development, Culture, Secular, Revival, Transformation