FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)— InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities have announced a new partnership, drawing on the respective strengths and interests of each organization. InterVarsity is an interdenominational campus ministry currently serving 35,000 students and faculty on 560 campuses nationwide. CCCU is a higher education association of more than 170 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world.
The two organizations will join efforts in three areas:
- Spiritual formation and the practice of spiritual disciplines
- Faith and learning in higher education
- Mentoring through InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network and the CCCU Virtual Center for Faculty Development
Commenting on this new partnership, CCCU President Bob Andringa says, “The CCCU and InterVarsity share a common commitment to developing Christ-centered leaders in higher education. The unique strengths of our organizations promise to enrich our work together in the years ahead. This new partnership will impact faculty, administrators and students across the higher education landscape—both in Christian higher education and in state and private higher education where InterVarsity has a strong presence.”
“Having taught for sixteen years at Seattle Pacific University, a CCCU institution, I have high regard for both the vision and faith integration of these schools,” said InterVarsity president Alec Hill. “This partnership between InterVarsity and the CCCU is an exciting step forward, bringing to bear the strengths of both organizations in faculty mentoring and spiritual formation.”
The partnership between the CCCU and InterVarsity is intended to equip and encourage Christian faculty in the integration of their professional roles and their personal walks of faith. In addition to joint conferences and workshops the agreement provides for sharing of InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network (www.emergingscholars.org), which is established to identify, encourage, and support the next generation of Christian scholars, and the CCCU Virtual Center for Faculty Development (www.cccu.org/virtualcenter/), which provides selected resources designed to encourage teaching, learning, scholarship and service that transforms lives.
InterVarsity’s Faculty Ministry is just one facet of an on-campus outreach that began in 1941. InterVarsity has 832 chapters on 564 campuses across the U.S. InterVarsity is also a founding member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, which operates in 150 countries.
CCCU has 105 member campuses in North America and all are fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 71 affiliate campuses from 24 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help its institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Ronald P. Mahurin
Professional Development & Research,
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
202-546-8713 ext. 335
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA