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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Posted on: December 8th, 2013 by cru.org editor
  1. Qualifications for serving as a Cru Staff
    We have a list of qualifications for potential Cru staff that include God’s leading, a walk with God, spiritual maturity, moral conduct, character, emotional maturity, effectiveness of witness and others.
    Learn more at http://www.cru.org/opportunities/careers/supported-staff/qualifications/

  2. Cru Statement of Faith and Beliefs
    We ask our potential Cru staff members to adhere to a standard statement of faith.
    Learn more at http://www.cru.org/opportunities/careers/supported-staff/statement-of-faith/

  3. Salary, Benefits
    Everyone who works full time with Cru works under the same pay scale and salary structure.
    Learn more at http://www.cru.org/opportunities/careers/supported-staff/salary-and-benefits/

  4. Raising Support, Biblical Basis
    We will be giving you training on how to develop a team of people who will pray and financially support your role within Cru.
    Learn more at http://www.cru.org/opportunities/careers/supported-staff/how-we-raise-our-salaries/

  5. Questions For Parents
    Many parents have concerns about the future career with Cru that their son or daughter might be considering.  We hope to answer some of your questions and give you a clearer picture of who we are and what we do.
    Learn more at http://www.servewithcru.org/information-for-parents/

Additional Questions and Answers:

  1. Where would I be placed?
  2. How can I use my major on staff?
  3. What are the criteria for being accepted as a staff member?
  4. What does the support-raising process look like?
  5. How long will it take me to raise support?
  6. What kind of leadership opportunities will I have as a woman on staff?
  7. Could I work part-time on staff?
  8. What will I do during the summers?
  9. If I join staff, how long am I committed to stay on staff?
  10. What do women do on staff who have children?
  11. Would you accept someone on your staff who has not been involved with Cru?
  12. What is New Staff Training and when is it?
  13. What is the difference between internship and full-time staff?
  14. When I join staff, can I go directly overseas?
  15. Do I need to have an interview as part of the application process?
  16. What is a STINT? What does Cru’s internship look like?
  17. When can I start raising support?
  18. When do I hear when I am accepted/not? What is the timetable?

1. Where would I be placed?

Partially, that depends on where you want to go. We can’t always place people in their first choice, but we certainly want to take those desires into account. Other factors include where we most need staff and who is available to train you. It is also our usual practice to place people on a campus in the region of the country where they’re from. Keep in mind that we accept people to our staff generally, not to a specific location, and it is up to the ministry to determine the staff person’s placement.

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2. How can I use my major on staff?

Art majors welcome! Engineering majors welcome! Education majors welcome! All majors are welcome! Whatever your major is, you can use the skills you’ve learned on staff. Think about it: Not only are you being trained in the specifics of your major, you’re learning great general skills too. Art majors, your creativity can help a staff team be more open to new ideas. Engineers, your systematic thinking skill can help a campus be more effective in planning outreaches. Educators, your communication skills and teaching skills can make you more effective at sharing your faith.

Plus, you’ve learned skills simply by being a college student that are essential on staff. You’ve learned how to connect deeply with friends, how to make decisions, how to finish a task, and how to be a critical thinker. Imagine how God could use you in expanding his Kingdom!

Now, it’s important to point out that there are also opportunities to use your major in a full-time capacity on staff. We have (huge) needs in our regional and national offices. We need people trained in computer technology, accounting, administration, graphic design, and a bunch of other things. We even need teachers for our schools overseas. So keep those options on your radar as you think about using your major on staff.

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3. What are the criteria for being accepted as a staff member?

Taking the step to join our staff can be scary; some people wonder if they have what it takes to be in full-time Christian work. We look at three main areas as part of the application process: relationship with God, self and others. We look for staff members who have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We look for staff members who also know themselves, who know their strengths and weaknesses and are growing in their personal maturity. Finally, we look for staff members who are relational people, able to form and maintain friendships, and who desire to reach out to and influence others.

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4. What does the support-raising process look like?

All of our full-time staff members have the honor of raising our own financial support. At our New Staff Training, we coach you in how to develop ministry partners. You then go home and begin the process of finding those people whom God has chosen to be part of your ministry.

You’ll spend a lot of time on the phone and visiting people in their homes or at work – you’ll be presenting your ministry and inviting people to join you in what God is doing. For more about support-raising, check out the Discerning God’s will section and the Financial Information section.

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5. How long will it take me to raise support?

It takes a single person an average of 10-12 months to raise their support. But God is in charge of the process, so each person’s experience is different. A wise person once said that raising support is much more about trusting God than it is about the money. And it’s true. Raising financial support will grow a missionary’s faith in God, preparing him or her to trust the Lord to reach the world for Christ! For more information on our financial structure, check out the Financial Information section.

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6. What kind of leadership opportunities will I have as a woman on staff?

Basically, your opportunities are limitless. Cru desires to allow all of its staff members, men and women, to reach their full leadership potential and fully utilize their gifts toward helping to reach students for Christ. As a woman, you could help to lead an outreach on your campus, a summer project, or even the charge to reach all the students in a given scope, whether a campus, a region, or a nation.

We want to help you identify how God has uniquely gifted you and then assist you in developing those gifts and applying them to help fulfill the Great Commission.

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7. Could I work part-time on staff?

We now offer some opportunities to serve as field staff in a part-time capacity. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact your local ministry leaders. If you do not know who that is you can email us at JoinUs@uscm.org for more information.

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8. What will I do during the summers?

During our summers, most staff members help out at a Summer Project, either here in the States, or overseas. Some staff members take seminary classes as part of our School of Leadership.

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9. If I join staff, how long am I committed to stay on staff?

We ask our new staff to join us for at least two years. We have a training program that takes the new staff members through theological and ministry training.

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10. What do women do on staff who have children?

Our staff wives and moms are just as much “on staff” as their husbands. There are some moms who spend as much time on campus as their husbands. And there are some moms who stay home and take care of children. We love for our moms to be as involved in the ministry as they can be.

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11. Would you accept someone on your staff who has not been involved with Cru?

Our heart is that God would lead those people to join us who have a heart for university students. We’re looking for staff members who feel led to help “turn lost students into Christ-centered laborers” (That’s the mission statement of the Campus Ministry).

Experience with Cru helps prospective staff to know a little better what they’re getting into, but it’s not required, by any means. More important than ministry experience is your walk with the Lord and His call on your life.

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12. What is New Staff Training and when is it?

New Staff Training is our required five-week leadership development and training conference to launch you into full time staff with Cru. This training is so crucial and significant because you’ll be trained in the foundations of ministry. You’ll receive seminary level theological development. You’ll learn about Cru and our vision and direction as a movement. You’ll learn about our financial structure and how to develop ministry partners. Plus, you’ll be in a cool location with hundreds of other new staff! How fun is that? For more info check out the New Staff Training information on the Institute of Biblical Studies website.

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13. What is the difference between internship and full-time staff?

An Internship is a one-year opportunity to experience ministry on a campus or in an office. Interns are only required to raise about half as much money as new staff members do.

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14. When I join staff, can I go directly overseas?

The US Campus Ministry is committed to partnering with the nations of the world to reach the students of the world. At the same time we are also committed to providing the best possible environment for the personal growth and ministry development of the individual. With that in mind, when a person requests an international assignment as their first placement on staff, we take into consideration the needs of the location and the needs of the individual. We also evaluate the resources on the receiving team, such as the ability to train a new staff person and the infrastructure to develop them. We do not want to send anyone to a location that cannot adequately support them.

It is not uncommon for those who have been on STINT (Short Term International) to sense a call to return to that location to continue in ministry as a full-time staff member. We value the ministry that the STINTer has begun and desire to see continuity in relationships. We will consider that as a first assignment as long as we can confidently provide for both the new staff person’s needs and the in-country team’s resources for training and development.

The US Campus Ministry has many opportunities to explore international ministry such as regional spring break trips, summer projects, STINT and others. We strongly encourage all staff to begin with a shorter commitment before taking the steps toward long-term service on a campus outside the US.

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15. Do I need to have an interview as part of the application process?

Interview requirements depend on which region you are being sent from and whether or not you have served as an intern or STINTER prior to applying for a full time staff position.

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16. What is a STINT? What does Cru’s internship look like?

STINT is short for Short-Term International and refers to our one-to two-year overseas internship program. We send teams of STINTers to every area of the world to do ministry on campuses in those countries. As a STINTER or intern you will have a majority of the same responsibilities as other full time staff on your team.

In addition, we have one- or two-year stateside internships, where you’d work as part of our campus ministry.

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17. When can I start raising support?

Once you’re accepted as full-time staff, you may start raising support for your New Staff Training. You begin raising support for your monthly needs after New Staff Training. As an intern or STINTer, you begin raising support after your acceptance and training.

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18. When do I hear when I am accepted/not? What is the timetable?

We have two New Staff Trainings, one in January and one in June/July.

The application deadline for our January training is November 1, and the deadline for our June/July training is April 1. Once we receive all of your application materials, including references, you should hear from us in about 4 weeks.

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