FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS INC

Making and Maturing Disciples on DFW College Campuses

aka FOCUS   |   Garland, TX   |  anyfocus.org

Mission

The vision of FOCUS is to plant vibrant, intellectual, outreaching, Jesus-loving communities on every college campus in the DFW area, and to be a resource for the world, equipping and sending campus missionaries.

Ruling year info

2016

Director

Brandon Worsham

Director

Amanda Lanciani

Main address

318 N Shiloh Rd

Garland, TX 75042 USA

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EIN

47-2271768

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Upwards of 70% of Christian youth quit attending church during college, at the very same time that they are making some of the most lasting and important decisions of their lives. The Church is, at best, doing a poor job of shepherding our students in their college years, and at worst, losing them to the world after 18 years of investing in them. At the same time, over 1M international students are studying in the US while churches are paying 10-40 times the cost of indigenous missionaries to send Americans overseas. By some estimates, 80% never enter a church during their time in America and a majority never enter an American home.

Our programs

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University of Texas at Dallas

FOCUS has been a registered student organization at UTD since 1998.

Population(s) Served
Students

FOCUS has been a registered student organization at Collin College since 2004.

Population(s) Served
Students

FOCUS has been a registered student organization at UNT since 2010.

Population(s) Served
Students

FOCUS has been a registered student organization at Richland since 2010.

Population(s) Served
Students

FOCUS has been a registered student organization at TWU since 2014.

Population(s) Served
Students

FOCUS has been a registered student organization at UTA since 2015.

Population(s) Served
Students

FOCUS has been a registered student organization at NCTC since 2015.

Population(s) Served
Students

FOCUS has been a registered student organization at SMU since 2016.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The vision of FOCUS is to plant vibrant, intellectual, outreaching, Jesus-loving communities on every college campus in the DFW area, and to be a resource for the world, equipping and sending campus missionaries.

We will strive to compassionately and effectively communicate the good news of Jesus to every population on our campuses. Each FOCUS community will be diverse, striving to look like the broader community on its campus.

We will excel in developing Christlike leaders for campus missions, local churches, homes, the marketplace, and beyond.

We will develop mutually beneficial strategic partnerships--with churches and ministries across the metroplex, with our extensive network of alumni, and with the campuses we serve.

We will remain flexible and responsive to the Holy Spirit, changing our methods to reach new generations while holding fast to the values God has given us.

FOCUS brings a vibrant Christian community to the students, right on campus where they live, study, eat, hang out, and work. We don't just help young Christians navigate their college years; we train Christian students to be missionaries to their campus and beyond.

We have a team of full-time campus pastors that each raise their own support. They spend the majority of their time on campus investing in the development of student leaders who can then turn and minister to their peers.

We believe that most meaningful, lasting change comes within the context of relationship, and thus we live by the axiom, "One-on-one is how it's done." The core of our impact happens in one-on-one bible studies and student-led small groups called "cores." In this context, students build spiritual friendships as they journey together towards knowing Jesus.

Heading into the 2019-2020 school year, we have a team of 25 campus pastors and 12 pastoral apprentices. These pastors will serve 12 different campuses in the DFW metroplex, primarily spending their time investing in about 200 student leaders.

Each student leader receives over 100 hours of mentorship and leadership development each school year, growing as peer-level mentors, teachers of the Bible, and small group facilitators. Prior to stepping into this role, the vast majority of them participate in a week of campus ministry training with Campus Christian Fellowship at Western Washington University.

FOCUS is a member of the DFW Metro Family of Churches and, while most of our students do not attend one of these churches, we benefit greatly from their partnership in the gospel, mentorship, friendship, financial support, and facilities. We also have relationships with Care Church, Epiphany Dallas, the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, and many of the campus missionaries on our campuses.

FOCUS, as it's known today, started as a small group at UTD in 1998. In the years since, we have expanded to 11 other college campuses in the DFW metroplex. Our growth and breadth of influence have expanded rapidly since launching a full time postgraduate pastoral apprenticeship program in 2010.

We have trained hundreds of student leaders, and our pastoral staff is made up completely of men and women that led first as students and caught the vision of what God wants to do on the university campus.

One of the fun things about campus ministry is how fast it moves and how each new school year is an opportunity to try new things, experiment with new strategies, and learn new lessons.

We have always had diverse communities--different backgrounds, races, upbringings, and religions. Moving forward, however, we see a huge opportunity to grow in impacting largely unreached affinity groups on campus such Greek Life and international students. We know each present unique ministry challenges!

Financials

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FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS INC

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brandon Worsham

FOCUS

Joseph Sustaita

Internal Revenue Service

Kristen Wilemon

Sewell Automotive Companies

Amy Knoles

Amanda Lanciani

FOCUS

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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