PLEASE PRAY for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship! The California State University (CSU) system has issued a nondiscrimination policy that requires InterVarsity to allow non-Christians to be chapter leaders. Nurses Christian Fellowship is a strategic ministry of InterVarsity and is affected by this decision. Our NCF groups are no longer sanctioned to meet on campus.
While we applaud inclusivity, we believe that faith-based communities like ours can only be led by people who clearly affirm historic Christian doctrine. The policy affects 23 InterVarsity chapters on CSU campuses that are no longer officially recognized student groups.
All InterVarsity chapter leaders are required to affirm InterVarsity’s Doctrinal Basis. A new CSU non-discrimination policy does not allow us to require leaders to be Christian. It is essentially asking our InterVarsity chapters to change the core of our identity, and to change the way we operate in order to be an officially recognized student group.
While we are disappointed, we know God is sovereign. He holds the decisions of Cal State and the future of our chapters in his hands. We believe he hears our laments and our requests for intervention. We believe he desires that every student, faculty, and administrator come to a living faith in Jesus.
“Our campus access challenges give this generation of students an opportunity to reinvent campus ministry,” said Greg Jao, InterVarsity’s National Field Director. “Even as we use new tools and techniques, we remind students that effective ministry is ultimately relational. It’s about students inviting other students to follow Jesus.” (See Greg’s video with more information.)
- Praise God for our great staff and student leaders who are fired up for Jesus, and not daunted by the world.
- Please continue to pray for students who are boldly reaching out to their campuses in innovative ways.
- Pray also that the Lord would raise up financial partners to cover the additional costs associated with ministry on campuses where we are no longer able to reserve free meeting space and promote our chapters in the same way we have in the past.
InterVarsity has 949 chapters on 616 college campuses across the U.S. This includes a ministry to nursing students through Nurses Christian Fellowship.
Thank you for standing with us and praying for InterVarsity chapters in the California State University system. For the press release with more information, click here.