InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is an interdenominational ministry to students and faculty on US college and university campuses, working with more than 41,000 core students and faculty on campuses nationwide.
Bible study is one of InterVarsity’s key activities. It conducts investigative Bible studies with non-Christians called GIGs (Groups Investigating God) where two or more people have a discussion flowing from a passage of Scripture. Its purpose is to discover more about Jesus from the Bible. It’s a time for friends to be together, ask questions, and talk honestly about their lives. A GIG is focused on God. It’s intended to help people learn more about Jesus from the eyewitness reports in the Bible. In a GIG, God speaks for himself through his Word.
To meet the challenge of reaching every campus, InterVarsity has a record number of staff serving a record number of colleges, with 1,341 staff ministering on 687 campuses. The number of people coming to faith through InterVarsity’s campus ministry is at its highest in InterVarsity’s 76-year history—up 12% from one year ago and up 130% from 10 years ago.
Tom Lin, president of InterVarsity, wants the organization to reach more campuses by pursuing new partnerships. “How can we best partner in reaching the approximately 2,600 campuses currently unreached by any major campus ministry?” Lin asks. “Could we empower more churches and other ministries to work alongside us to reach the campus?”
Since 1946, InterVarsity has held the Urbana conference, where thousands of students gather every three years to learn of Christian ministry opportunities around the world. The next Urbana is scheduled for December 27-31, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri.
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