NRB Member Spotlight: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Alec HillInterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is an inter-denominational, evangelical mission to U.S. colleges and universities with almost 900 chapters on more than 575 campuses. InterVarsity develops Christian leaders on campus by training students and faculty in Bible study, prayer, evangelism, and missions.

InterVarsity is called to be a redeeming influence among the people, ideas, and structures of the campus. Our core values include community, manuscript Bible study, discipleship of the mind, ethnic reconciliation and justice, and whole-life stewardship. Our outreaches include specialized ministry to graduate students and faculty, nurses and nursing students, international students, fraternities and sororities, arts students, and athletes.

God has been faithful to InterVarsity through more than 70 years of campus ministry. During the 2011-2012 school year, InterVarsity saw 3,354 new believers come to faith in Jesus Christ – an increase of more than 700 over the previous year and more than double the same figure from seven years ago.

At the same time that InterVarsity is experiencing greater fruitfulness in ministry, barriers to ministry are increasing on a small number of campuses. InterVarsity chapters have been de-recognized at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Thankfully, the de-recognition at Buffalo was overturned by a student judicial body.

Our publishing arm, InterVarsity Press, has been consistently recognized by Christianity Today magazine, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, Christian bookstores, and other organizations for regularly publishing some of the best books for Christian readers. InterVarsity’s media unit, Twentyonehundred productions, has also won awards and is widely recognized for the high quality of its work.

Urbana, InterVarsity’s triennial student missions conference, has challenged generations of college students to participate in God’s global mission. Missionaries, educators, and other Christian leaders often tell us that they heard God’s call for their life’s work while attending Urbana. First held in Toronto in 1946, then on the campus of the University of Illinois for many years, Urbana moved to the America’s Center in St. Louis in 2006. The next Urbana will be held December 27-31, 2012.

InterVarsity is one of the ten founding members of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), which now has affiliates in more than 150 countries. InterVarsity’s vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed.

PHOTO ABOVE: Alec Hill, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship President.

Published: September 27, 2012