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Campus Ministry

Cru has active communities on 1,740 college and university campuses.<ref>Campus Ministry fact sheet</ref>

Athletes in Action

{{#invoke:main|main}} Athletes in Action works with athletes and coaches who compete at both the collegiate and professional level to use the platform of sport to help people around the world with questions of faith.<ref>Athletes in Action Web site</ref>

Among the events sponsored by Athletes in Action is the NFL-sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast<ref>Super Bowl Breakfast Official Site</ref> which features the presentation of the Bart Starr Award "to honor the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community."<ref>Bart Starr Award</ref>


{{#invoke:main|main}} In 1976, Cru began providing premarital and marriage seminars for its staff members and opened them to the public in 1978. Since 1976 more than 1.5 million people have attended marriage conferences.<ref>History of FamilyLife</ref> Today, approximately 100 "Weekend to Remember" conferences are held annually in almost every major city in America. FamilyLife offers multiple resources like The Art of Marriage, Stepping Up, LifeReady Woman, HomeBuilders Couples Series, HomeBuilders Parenting Series, Resurrection Eggs, and What God Wants for Christmas.<ref>FamilyLife products</ref>

FamilyLife president Dennis Rainey hosts the daily FamilyLife Today radio broadcast.<ref>FamilyLife Today Broadcasts</ref>

Inner City

Cru's inner city ministry (formerly known as Here's Life Inner City)<ref>About Cru's Inner City Ministry</ref> currently trains and equips churches in 17 cities to meet immediate physical needs, while also providing long-term development programs such as Holistic Hardware for life skills and WorkNet for career preparedness.<ref>Huffington Post: Cru Inner City Helps American Children Facing Poverty</ref>

Josh McDowell

{{#invoke:main|main}} In 1964, Josh McDowell became a traveling representative of Cru addressing campus groups about the Christian faith. Over the years his ministry has focused on Christian apologetics, youth issues such as relationships and sexuality, and international humanitarian aid.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

McDowell's writings have concentrated on addressing challenges to belief, questions posed by non-Christians, doubts about faith, and non-Christian religions. World Magazine included McDowell's "Evidence That Demands a Verdict" in its list of the top 100 books from the twentieth century.<ref>World Magazine Top 100 Books of the Twentieth Century</ref>

Global Aid Network (GAiN)

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The Jesus Film Project

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The Jesus Film Project started in 1981 to translate the Hollywood film Jesus into other languages so that it could be shown by missionaries to peoples around the world in their native languages.<ref>Jesus Film Project Fact Sheet</ref>

The origins of The Jesus Film Project date back to 1945 when a young businessman named Bill Bright wanted to privately finance a film about the life of Jesus Christ<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> that was entertaining, biblically accurate, and which could be translated into non-English languages. Rather than making a film at that time, Bright went on to found a Christian ministry to reach college students called Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951.

In 1976, with Cru's influence spreading beyond college campuses to sports, the marketplace and other aspects of society, Bright turned his attention once again to filmmaking. Hollywood producer John Heyman approached Bright to fund a project to put the entire Bible on film. The project would eventually be scaled back to just one book of the Bible, the Gospel of Luke, and be financed primarily by Campus Crusade supporters Bunker and Caroline Hunt<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> for a sum of US$6 million.

A team of 500 scholars and leaders from secular and Christian organizations began to research historical elements for a film about Jesus. Filming took place over the course of several months throughout the Middle East.<ref>The Jesus Film Project History of the Film</ref>

Jesus was produced by John Heyman, and starred British Shakespearean actor Brian Deacon as Jesus, Rivka Neumann as Mary, Yosef Shiloach as Joseph and Niko Nitai as Peter.<ref>Internet Movie Database</ref>

Distribution in the United States has included direct mail campaigns sponsored by churches to deliver a copy of the film to every address in select zip codes across the country.<ref name="NYT Jesus film">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Project leaders claim that it has been viewed over 5 billion times by over 3 billion people.<ref name="NYT Jesus film 2">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> This claim has been greeted with skepticism by an evangelical leader. Vinay Samuel, former executive director of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Mission Theologians has said: "These numbers are, to say the least, not gathered in a social-scientific way," and that "They have no way of knowing this."<ref name="NYT Jesus film 2"/>


Cru publishes several books, booklets, and other materials for ministry. The Four Spiritual Laws booklet was authored by Bill Bright in 1952 and one hundred million copies have been distributed.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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