Chicago Campus Initiative
A two-year program to equip you for lifelong ministry
Our heart is to equip the next generation of church leaders. We’ve designed this fellowship for those seeking next-level training in the first five years after college. If you’re discerning a call to church-planting, pastoral leadership, or other ministry, you may be the right fit. We’re looking for passionate disciples of Jesus Christ, willing to take risks in mission, who will take the initiative to pursue the next level of their own formation as Christians and leaders. Our work is relational to the core, so you need to be “people smart” and always willing to get “people smarter,” while taking direction and feedback from our leadership team to help you grow.
Seminary education can be a vital foundation for ministry—but it won’t provide the same hands-on, church-rooted, formative influence that you’ll get in our missional fellows program. In fact, serving for two years with us will help you bring better questions to future seminary education if God continues to call you in that direction. Plus, seminaries love students who bring urban, cross-cultural ministry experience to their studies. You’ll likely qualify for more scholarships and have a richer experience overall by serving in Chicago first than if you go straight to seminary.
Cru is a global mission organization passionate about helping students know Jesus, grow in their faith, and learn to share the good news with others. Cru brings us decades of time-tested wisdom about evangelism and discipleship in the college context.
The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is the denomination which represents the historic, biblical Anglican faith tradition in the U.S. and Canada. We believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on a revival of word and sacrament in the power of the Holy Spirit. With historical roots in England (from which the term “Anglican” comes), today the global fellowship of churches numbers over eighty million, with most of the world’s Anglicans in the Global South (Asia, Africa, and Latin America).
Greenhouse is a missional movement for the global Anglican church, founded in Chicago. We train leaders, multiply congregations, and empower movements—following the Holy Spirit for the church. Greenhouse has been partnered with Cru on campus at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2016.
We do not require fellows to consider themselves Anglican. You don’t even have to be moving toward becoming Anglican! We do require fellows to love the church of Jesus and be willing to joyfully follow godly Anglican authority in Chicagoland. Because our ministries are partnered with the church, fellows will be required to make one of our partner churches their home church during the two years of the program. (All of our current partner churches are Anglican.) You can read more about our Anglican family of churches throughout the Midwest and our regional network here in Chicagoland.
We set the bar high for graduating seniors, and so should you. Your next step is the launchpad not just for your career, but for the next chapter of your spiritual life. We’re looking for fellows who are hungry to learn, ready to serve, and on fire for the Lord Jesus.
Click the link below, and it will take you to Cru’s U.S. internships application. There, follow these steps: Apply Now > Log in > Begin to fill out the application. > Position, “US Intern.” > Complete the personal info page and read the FAQ > Preference, “Campus Ministry” > Sub-preference “Field.” > Ministry Interests, “IL – Cornerstone / University of Illinois at Chicago” > Complete the rest of the application as directed.
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We are raising $30,000 by July 1, 2020. Would you prayerfully consider giving to the work God is doing in the Chicago Campus Initiative?