I'm already a Christian
Should I be involved with CU?
Praise God that he has saved you and brought you and other Christian brothers and sisters here to ECU ML! We're so glad you are here! There are great reasons to be involved at CU, here are just some of them:
1. To think deeply
University is a time for thinking deeply about our studies and being exposed to different worldviews. It will test our Christian faith and life in many ways. CU opens up great opportunities for us to think deeply about God and His ways with our peers, perhaps in a way that we have never done before. CU aims to develop our ‘spiritual muscles’ so that we’ll not just survive our time at uni, but thrive and grow as well-thought-out Christians ready for the workplace and for life in the 'real' world.
2. To encourage one another
Through CU we meet lots of Christian brothers and sisters who are from different churches and traditions but are united by the love of Jesus. We can enjoy wonderful new friendships, be encouraged and challenged and, through our involvement and input, we’ll also encourage and spur others on. Never underestimate 'the ministry of turning up' - even just being there for one another means we will be blessed and be a blessing!
3. To share the good news
So many people around us have no idea who Jesus is or why they really need him. But we do. Can we walk by and keep this life-saving news to ourselves? By uniting together at CU, we can support one another in prayer, in answering people's questions and reaching out with the good news of Jesus to our friends and fellow students so that they can make informed decisions about him. By God's grace they might even be saved!
4. To be better equipped
As we grow in Christian character and conviction about the truths of the gospel, we also grow in our desire to share this with others. CU can equip us with skills to do just that, such as learning how to explain the gospel clearly, how to read to Bible with a non-Christian friend, or how to lead a Bible study. These skills are not only helpful for campus but for church and the rest of our lives too. Let's make the most of it.
But I'm already involved at church...
CU doesn't replace our involvement at church, it enhances it!
Walking with Christian brothers and sisters through the highs and lows of uni will help deepen our understanding and trust of God and his word. It will also give us prayerful support and help equip us to be able to give a clear and helpful answer for the hope we have in Jesus (1Peter 3:15).
Especially important is the unique opportunity we have at uni to encourage and challenge our friends and fellow students to seriously consider their relationship with Jesus. After all, uni is a place for grappling with the big questions of life and making decisions about who we are and how we are going to live the rest of our lives.
But what if I'm too busy?
Don't let busy-ness crowd out what's important. Adjusting to new timetables or routines is a challenge but it is still possible - and really important - to make time for your Christian growth and witness.
We know what it's like and make getting to CU things as accessible as possible. For a start they’re right here on campus so it’s easy to get to them and easy to invite your friends along. So just:
Look at the gaps in your timetable and at the beginning or end of your day and let us know which times could work for you.
Lock in CU activities to your weekly routine, you will have no trouble fitting it in! It's amazing what turning up for each other - even for just 45 minutes per week - can do!
Make the decision to join in with CU stuff - you won't regret it! Check out how you can be involved here
"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel" Philippians 1:27