InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter

December 31, 2015

(St. Louis, MO) --- InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA has a 75-year dedication to the gospel, orthodox doctrine, and missions while also sharing the message in a way that resonates with the current student generation. Scripture and the gospel are non-negotiables for us. Some of our chapters have been denied access to campuses because of our dedication to core, orthodox Christian doctrines.

We chose to address #BlackLivesMatter at Urbana 15, InterVarsity’s Student Missions Conference, because it is a language and experience of many college students. Many Black InterVarsity staff and students report that they are physically and emotionally at risk in their communities and on campus. About one-half of those at Urbana 15 are people of color, including more than 1,200 Black participants. InterVarsity chose to participate in this conversation because we believe that Christians have something distinctive to contribute in order to advance the gospel. 

December 31, 2015

After the Angel

By: 
Lisa Rieck
obedience, faith

A prayer for the post-Urbana new year.

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December 23, 2015

Hope for a Broken World

By: 
Timothy Holmes
Jesus, hope, Christmas

People are in distress. 

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The Season To Carry Each Other’s Burdens

Jim Lundgren, interim president, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
December 18, 2015

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” - Galatians 6:2

December is always one of the most demanding months of the year for us at InterVarsity when it’s an Urbana year. Our Urbana student missions conference in St. Louis, December 27-31, 2015 is filled with all kinds of opportunities to challenge students and others to join God’s global mission. But it’s also a lot of work that comes at the time of year when we typically want to rest and celebrate.

When I face challenging times, or when I anticipate that an ordinarily demanding time will be even more demanding, there are several steps I have learned to take that make a challenging and demanding time an opportunity for God to work in me and in those God puts in my path.

December 17, 2015

What Happens When Culture, Faith, and Vocation Collide?

By: 
Anonymous
vocation, ethnicity, family

I can’t tell you how many years I’ve waited to have the conversation.

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Urbana 15 Commissioning Service

December 16, 2015

Eleven days in advance of the opening of Urbana 15, InterVarsity’s triennial student missions conference, leaders and staff gathered at InterVarsity’s National Service Center in Madison, Wisconsin, for a Commissioning Service. "I'm excited about the fruit of our labor that we'll be able to see in just over a week," said Urbana director Tom Lin.

Tom compared the Urbana team to the Israelites, getting ready to cross the Jordan River. “We’re not quite there yet, we’re at a Joshua 3 moment,” he said. In Joshua 3:5, the leader of the Israelites tells his people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Tom noted that the verse doesn’t talk about persevering, or what to pack, or what not to worry about. “Consecration is setting ourselves apart completely for the Lord,” he said. “We’re making space for God to do his work in us, making us holy.”  

December 10, 2015

Why the Incarnation Is the Answer to Isolation

By: 
Drew Larson
The Incarnation and isolation

Leave it to G. K. Chesterton to write an essay called “In Defence of Baby Worship.”

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Campus Ministry Through a Different Lens

Gordon Govier
December 10, 2015

More and more community college students are experiencing new life through InterVarsity campus ministry. And InterVarsity staff member Christy Gates suggests that if more of her colleagues tithed their time for outreach on a nearby community college campus, it would revitalize their ministry. “Everybody needs something to keep their innovation sharp,” she said. “Those four hours would give staff the opportunity to think differently and see what they’re doing at a residential school through a different lens.”

The perception of ministry on community college campuses is that it’s more challenging than on a residential college campus. “It’s not hard; it’s just different,” Christy said. With the right strategy and good coaching, ministry can be fruitful.

Nurses Christian Fellowship Director Named

December 7, 2015

For Immediate Release

(Madison, WI) --- Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner has been named national director of Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF). She will begin her new duties in July 2016. 

Kathy has served NCF as editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing (JCN) for the past 11 years. “Kathy brings over 35 years of experience and expertise to her new role: nurse, administrator, researcher, editor, and volunteer campus staff,” said Paul Tokunaga, InterVarsity vice president and director of Strategic Ministries. “She is highly regarded in both the Christian and secular nursing worlds. But foremost, Kathy is passionate about seeing nursing students come to a saving faith in Jesus and then be salt and light in healthcare.”

December 04, 2015

Communication from God

By: 
Amy Hauptman
God's love

The temple gate was called “Beautiful.” He was called “beggar.”

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