Campus Crusade for Christ drops ‘Christ’ from the title

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The Blaze reported this morning that “Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) — the popular, large-scale Christian organization — has decided to make a major change. In early 2012, the multi-faceted para-church group will officially drop the name it has held for 60 years, replacing it with a three-letter word — ‘Cru.'” Glenn baffled by the name change, and spent the opening minutes of the radio show mocking the cowardly change. “There’s somebody who came and did some things and you should know about them. We won’t tell you about them because they might be offensive,” Glenn joked. “The three-letter word CRU. Great. Hey, everybody, let’s join the rowing team.”

  • Steve Steiner

    Hi friend. I am afraid that I can’t agree with you there. In the old
    testament believers didn’t even dare say the name of God. It would raise
    serious questions about Cru in my mind if they chose to go by the name
    Christ. For that matter it would raise serious questions in my mind if
    any organization decided to go by the name Jesus, God, even Lord, the
    last of which like Christ isn’t a name, but a title (it means messiah).
    So you are fine with Cru removing those words with their name, and you
    want them to call themselves Christ? Come on now, really?

    Also Cru never took Christ out of their name, they changed it. If they
    took Christ out of their name, then they would just be Campus Crusade,
    or Campus Crusade for literally, but that doesn’t really make sense. Cru
    is a name that has been in use since 1989 at the University of
    Oklahoma. After that in the 90’s it spread across the Southwest and soon
    thereafter became a common name for campus ministries on colleges all
    over the US. There really isn’t a removal of anything here, just a
    formal change to the name that is already in use. When Cru started to
    look into the name change, the plan wasn’t to go with this name, but to
    try to find the best name that we felt God wanted us to go with at this
    time, however I have written more about that here in other comments.

    I could go into many facets of what really happened but I have already
    done that in the comments here, if you really want to look into that
    your welcome to look into my past comments. I could  also share with you
    what other Christian leaders like John Piper and other organizations
    like the Navigators and Intervarsity have said in support of this, but I
    assume that you did better than Glenn Beck and followed the Biblical
    principle of looking into this before commenting, so since we clearly
    aren’t going to be changing the name of this organization to Christ, can
    we move on?

  • Mary P. Sliter

    Hmmmm, something like: …”.If you are embarrassed by me (name)…later on, I will be same as of you”   Something like that……., NOT to worry little ones, there IS a Higher court!.Mary Sliter 

    • Steve Steiner

      Also this: Matthew 18:15-17

      ESV”If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between
      you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
      But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that
      every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three
      witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And
      if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a
      Gentile and a tax collector.

      It looks like what we have here is a bit of conflict. The Bible says a lot about dealing with conflict.  The gist of it is first when there is a you go to the source. Have you been there yet Since you came out of the gate with a paraphrased quote from Jesus (which was interestingly in quotes) I assume you are a Christian, but because of what the quote was I also assume that you are unfamiliar with the situation, so have you talked to anyone on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ about it? Have you talked to any students involved in Campus Crusade for Christ.

      Second it escalates. It says to take it to the church. So if you visited our site and it said we were ashamed of Christ, if you talked to those of us that work with Campus Crusade for Christ and we said we were ashamed of Christ then by all means, you should be contacting well know pastors, posting your communication with us online. Bring some accountability to us.

      The thing is though, if you were familiar with our organization you would know we aren’t ashamed of Christ. If you worked with our organization you would be familiar with the reasons why we changed the name (hint, it had nothing to do with the name of Jesus or the title/office of Christ). If you read the first several hundred posts before these on this site you will read responses from people who give their gut reaction, assuming that what Glenn Beck says is the story, but you will also hear responses from many students, staff, and supporters of Campus Crusade for Christ shedding light on the real story. This is why people such as Louie Giglio, Tim Keller, and John Piper have shown us their support during this time of transition, as well as our friends with InterVarsity and The Navigators.

      Thanks for your concern, that people are worried by a broadcast such as this from Glenn is reassuring, I just wish he would set the facts straight.

  • Anonymous

     If you are a Christian in truth….your either a FOOL are a liberal PC bastard ! Christ will spit you out of His Mouth……….
    Are you afraid of the Name of Christ  !!

      You  make me sick and those like you !!

    • Steve Steiner

      Actually we are neither afraid of the TITLE of Christ or the NAME of Jesus. Our tag line that appears next to our name is A caring community passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. Our conversations with students don’t start with our name, when it comes up it is a minor passing point. Who we are and what we are about is connecting people to Jesus. Campus it limiting because we have many ministries that aren’t campus related, Crusade is limiting because of our ministry to segments of society where that has negative connotations, and we can’t really call our self Christ, it would be presumptuous and wrong for any organization to call themselves Christ, as the only Christ was Jesus. So we are using a nickname that has been in use for us since 1989.

      Assuming you identify yourself as a Christian, there is a biblical  model for dealing with conflict in Matthew 18:15-17. It does not say, if you feel wronged by your brother then before you understand the circumstances go online and flame him publicly. 

  • Anonymous

    I know people who work there.  They changed it because their 60-yr-old
    title sounds like they are launching a colonialist assault on colleges. 
    Also, they have expanded beyond campuses and needed a more general
    term.  And Campus Crusade for Christ International does not exactly fit
    in a twitter feed.  They are a huge conglomerate of ministries VERY
    committed to both the gospel and Jesus. 

    Remember, readers, Beck creates controversy for a living.  And you all just got pwnd.  (Guess I did, too ’cause I came here from FB.  Great.)  

  • Anonymous

     I really did — the story’s months old!  haha Darn that internet. 

  • Johnie Watson

    You could half understand CCCI taking the Campus for Christ out of their name thinking Cru is a fluke because it is a “nickname” but I believe It might stop being a fluke when CCCI is taking the “Christ” out of their Navy Ministry replacing “Sailors for Christ” with “Military Connection” which might only sound to me more like a dating group

    • Steve Steiner

      Actually Johnie, you helped demonstrate part of the problem. As it has already been discussed to death on here, the name Campus Crusade for Christ led to a lot of confusion about who we were as we weren’t just a Campus Ministry, we don’t bring people to faith with a literal sword (which nowadays is often how Crusade is perceived) and any good names that fit our organization that had Christ in it were already in use by other organizations.

      Something which hasn’t been talked about as much is the confusion that comes from the many different websites used. There are thousands of different website names in use across the country for different chapters of different branches of different ministries. This leads to confusion and sometimes roadblocks to the gospel that you may not commonly thinking about, but never the less they are there. While these websites were at one point a way to deal with the difficulty of being part of an organization that has a long name like Campus Crusade for Christ, now the old website addresses just cause more confusion. Because of this many websites are being changed and cause less confusion.

      There has never been a part of Cru, or Campus Crusade for Christ which was formally called Soldiers for Christ. The military arm or our ministry has (as far as I know) always been called the Military Ministry, and it has had that name for a long time. Likewise before the name change, the campus ministry in the United States was the United States Campus Ministry, and the website for it was There was a website that a team registered that had the domain name Sailors for Christ as it appears they work mostly with the Navy.

      I hope you are having a great Sunday Johnie and that you get an opportunity to enjoy Labor Day tomorrow if you have it off. God Bless.

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