Out of 20 million students attending college in America in 2018, nearly a third have no religious affiliation whatsoever, and are looking for answers to their hardships and struggles. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship hopes to change that.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship just recently launched a “2030 Calling,” which, according to the Christian Post, is an initiative to bring Christian fellowships to major college campuses in the next 12 years.
The evangelical on-campus ministry plans to bring Christian ministries to all 2,500 U.S. college campuses that hold over 1,000 students by the year 2030. According to IVCF, about 53 percent of 2,500 schools currently don’t have any known campus ministry present.
Greg Jao, Intervarsity director of external relations told the Christian Post, “Our deep conviction is that every student at every university and every faculty member at every university deserves an opportunity to hear the Gospel in a compelling, passionate and personal way from somebody that they know. The best way to do that is to make sure that there is a campus fellowship at every one of those places.”
Jao also shared that the 2030 Calling is a perfect strategy because “today’s college students represent the leaders in our churches, government, businesses and nonprofits of tomorrow.”
He says that introducing and re-introducing the gospel to students will not only change their lives, but will alter the trajectory of our country over the next few decades.
In a recent statement, IVCF President Tom Lin shared that the 2030 Calling signals a “shift” in how the organization approaches campus ministry. He shared that the goal isn’t to bring IVCF to every campus specifically, but to instead ensure that there is some form of Christian ministry and fellowship present at all campuses.
Lin shared: “This is not about planting InterVarsity’s flag on every campus; it’s about declaring God’s glory on every campus. We believe the Lord can use us, in partnership with others, to bring a powerful movement of the Spirit among a new generation of students and faculty. We truly are longing for revival on campus. And we believe that, in the next 12 years, that’s exactly what God will do through the 2030 Calling.”