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June 19 - 20, 2020

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Christian Union will host the CU Cities Conference in New York City from June 19 - 20, 2020. Graduate students, young professionals, seasoned professionals are invited from across industries, to explore compelling ideas about faith and its relevance to every facet of our lives.

“I became involved with Christian Union during the fall semester of my freshman year. The ministry did an incredible job of reaching out to new students, which was especially meaningful because it took me awhile to feel comfortable on campus, away from my family. I quickly signed up for a Bible course and began meeting weekly with the Ministry Director and fellow freshmen. I made this decision within a few weeks of studying at Princeton; it was one of the best choices I made during my time there.”

-- Hundley Poulson, Princeton ’19


Course Highlights

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You can provide the Christian instruction, spiritual development, and leadership training missing from the top universities shaping the nation’s future leaders. At these leading institutions, many students have not read a Bible or heard the Gospel, much less what it means to devote their lives to seeking and serving God. Bible courses are one of the most vital elements of Christian Union’s core program that develops Christian leaders at intellectually rigorous, most influential universities.


Bible course curriculum spans four years and consists primarily of a 10-lesson course each semester/quarter. A course is comprised of 8-10 students of the same sex and class year, meeting for 1.5 hours, with weekly homework. In describing their experience students have shared: “I have waited my whole life for a Bible study like this.” And, “Before attending Christian Union’s Bible courses, I had never encountered the Scriptures in a rigorous, academic way...Now every page is relevant and instructional.” And, “Christian Union Bible courses have given me a deeper understanding of the Gospel and how to live it out.”


Course titles include: 1 John, 2 Timothy, Acts, Colossians, Hebrews, Mark, Philippians, Romans, Seeking God Lifestyle, Sex and Spirituality, Vocational Integration & Financial Stewardship, and more.


Currently, 95 percent of Christian Union faculty has seminary or other graduate degrees; many blend professional and ministry experience which provides students with the high-quality teaching and life experience of adults they can emulate. Faculty lead weekly Bible courses and mentor students toward spiritual and leadership growth. One ministry fellow said: “It is unspeakably rewarding to see students understand and grab hold of the Gospel, apply Scripture to their lives, and grow in their understanding of the story of redemption.”


Become a Bible Course Sponsor 

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More than 1,100 students from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Harvard Law, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Yale were enrolled in semester-long Christian Union faculty-led Bible courses in 2018-19. Many students were surprised to find such rich, in-depth Christian curriculum available in such highly secular academic environments. 

Over the next several years, thousands more will enter this journey through Christian Union. Together with your support, we can continue and expand this transformative work at these universities, and ensure that every single Bible course is connected to a faithful Christian Union supporter.


A gift of $5,400 underwrites a semester-long Christian Union faculty-led Bible course for 8-10 students, and offers a unique opportunity for sponsors to connect with these future leaders. 


As a sponsor, you are invited to visit the course, either in person or via Skype, so that students can meet you and learn from your faith journey. In addition, your faculty member will send you a course update to share the impact of your investment. 


For questions, please contact Dave Magnuson, Associate Vice President of Strategic Gifts, at (847) 508-7431 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Give today at www.christianunion.org/sponsorabiblecourse.


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Gospel of the Kingdom

Gospel of the Kingdom, a ministry of Christian Union, is dedicated to assisting those who would like to learn more and explore the supernatural dimension of the Christian life. Read below for information about upcoming events, or go to www.gotk.org to learn more.

 

Past Events

 

Convergence East 2019
Hosted by Kingdom Convergence 

June 25 - 28, 2019 

Harvest Training Center 

69 Myrtle Street

Cranford, New Jersey 07016

 

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Below are instructions on how to make a gift through the mail, by phone, online, or by wire transfer.

Mail

Please make checks payable to Christian Union.
If you are designating the gift, indicate it on the memo line. Examples include one of the campuses where Christian Union operates (e.g. ministry at Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard) or a special campaign.

Mail your check to:
19 Vandeventer Avenue
Princeton, New Jersey 08542

Phone

Charge by phone: (609) 688-1700, Option 2

Web

Use our convenient online donation form.

Wire Transfer

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Annual Reports, Financial Statements, Policies

Christian Union is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and a member of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). 

ecfa_memberThe mission of the ECFA is helping Christ-centered organizations earn the public's trust through developing and maintaining accountability standards and God-honoring ethical practices. Christian Union complies with ECFA's Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™ in keeping with the Apostle Paul's commendation for all effort in 2 Corinthians 8:21, "For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men."

We have achieved the Guide Star Platinum participation level again -- we're committed to the highest level of transparency. Read more here.



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Reflections on Cultivating Humility

Christian Union invites you to take part in supporting this ministry through both fasting and prayer.


As we invite the Lord to change the nation, we first give attention to our own hearts. Fasting has fallen out of fashion among many in the Western church, which is a tragedy given its ability to help humble the one who fasts, attracting the presence of God through the filling of the Holy Spirit.

The following is a brief overview of scriptural fasting, and the strong rationale for seeking to develop deeper humility through this until-recent-times typical Christian practice.

God alone rules the universe, and strongly opposes all who seek to usurp His role. It was because of pride, the desire to be like the Most High, that Satan was thrown out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12-20).

Peter makes plain God's opposition to the arrogant: "God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble" (1 Peter 5:5).

Arrogance is repellent to God and He doesn't want anything to do with it. Pride repulses God and, just as powerfully, humility delights Him and attracts His presence.

Fasting is not the only thing in the Christian life that contributes toward the development of humility, but it is vital to the Christian life and should be practiced regularly by those who seek after God.

There are countless examples in the Scriptures of devout men and women humbling themselves before God with fasting:
  • Moses fasted for 40 days and then another 40 days
  • Elijah fasted for 40 days
  • Nehemiah fasted for 120 days
  • Mordecai, Esther and thousands of Jews in the Persian Empire fasted for 70 days, and some went without both food and water for 3 days of that fast
  • Ezra fasted
  • John the Baptist fasted
  • Anna the prophetess fasted
  • the Apostles and first elders fasted
  • All Christians in the first-century church

Fasting is not the only thing in the Christian life that contributes toward the development of humility, but it is vital to the Christian life!

Fasting, simply put, is going without food and perhaps liquids, for a definitive period of time to humble oneself before God. It is sometimes accompanied by mourning and grieving. 


When fasting is mentioned in the Bible, it usually meant going without food during the day and then eating only in the evening, unless the Scriptures specifically say otherwise. For instance, Moses' fast was without food or water— a supernatural fast that should only be undertaken if a person has received a direct revelation from God.

Many Christians around the world fast regularly, and so did many in church history. We know from a first century document called the Didache that it was the regular practice of Christians in the first century to fast every Wednesday and Friday until 3 p.m. This was the universal practice of first-century Christians. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism in the 18th century, believed in the necessity of fasting so powerfully that he would not ordain anyone to the ministry who did not fast every Wednesday and Friday.

The first-century Christians fasted because Jesus expected them to fast. When Jesus was directly asked about fasting, He explained there was no need for His disciples to fast when He was still with them, but there would be need to fast when He left (Matthew 9:14-15). Jesus even gives instructions about how to fast: Christians should do it in a way that does not bring attention to themselves (Matthew 6:16-18).

Note how the verses say "when you fast" not "if you fast." It was never suggested that Christians should not fast; rather, their fasting should be in stark contrast to the way the Pharisees fasted.

Fasting helps develop humility and a longing after God because the lack of food causes you to recognize your humanity and need for God for everything in life. Because of this, fasting helps increase fervency in prayer, which has a powerful impact on God.

It's important to keep in mind, of course, that God cannot be controlled by any human being and fasting does not assure an automatic response from God.

God answers prayer according to His sovereign will, which is sometimes beyond our immediate comprehension. God gives what He knows is best for you. He is not obligated to answer your prayer, in the specific terms you request, just because you fast.

However, the Scriptures make plain that fasting and humility sway God and incline Him to draw near when otherwise He might not have. He has made clear to humanity what delights Him and under what circumstances He is likely to draw near.

Of course, fasting is not a panacea for pride, because a person can be very proud even though he fasts. This was the problem of the Pharisees. They fasted regularly, as they should have, but were still proud and self righteous.

If a person is determined to be arrogant, fasting will not help him, but for the man or woman truly seeking to humble himself before the Lord, fasting is an important and necessary part of the Christian life.

With these reflections in mind, consider incorporating regular set days for fasting, as well as special times in response to great prayer concerns. The Lord knows we often come to Him with mixed motives, but don't let it hinder you from growing in this area. Confess any tendancy toward pride as you learn to fast, and invite Him to cultivate the humility He desires.

Thank you for joining Christian Union in seeking God. May the Lord bless you richly as you willingly humble yourself before Him.

Learn more about biblical fasting

Articles and Written Sermons

Bill Bright (1921-2003)
Bill Bright was the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), currently the world's largest Christian ministry, which Bill Bright led for more than 50 years. The ministry now serves people in 191 countries through a staff of 26,000 full-time employees and more than 225,000 trained volunteers. Bright was so motivated by the Great Commission that in 1956 he wrote a booklet titled "The Four Spiritual Laws," which has been printed in some 200 languages and distributed to more than 2.5 billion people, making it the most widely disseminated religious booklet in history. 

Using Amazon's smile.amazon.com generates additional support for Christian Union, at no additional cost to you.

Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the charitable organization of your choice, including Christian Union. 

Smile.amazon.com is the same as the main Amazon site; same products, same pricing.

The difference is that for purchases made through this site, Amazon will donate a portion of the sales to the charity of your choice.

The following instructions are provided by Amazon:


How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

There are additional FAQs at Amazon's website >



Christian Union has supporters currently using this feature sucessfully to support the ministry. If you are willing to take a moment to set up your account, you will be helping deliver additional resources to develop Christian leaders to transform the nation. Thank you!

A Prayer and Fasting Devotional

SaulInBattleRebukedbySamuelAnd Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. - 1 Samuel 15:22 (ESV)

Obedience is important to God.

Perhaps that sounds to you like the understatement of the century. You may be saying to yourself, “Of course obedience is important to God…what a remarkably unimpressive way to start to a devotional!” And that may be a fair summation of your perspective on the Christian life. However, I’d like to suggest that the importance God gives to our obedience is an often-underemphasized reality in substantial portions of the American church.