Cru Military National (USA)
The National Ministry of Cru Military has as its vision to seek God’s help in facilitating movements throughout the global military community so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we seek to fulfill The Great Commission in Matt 28:18-20 which says, “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The National Ministry, with nearly 200 full-time and associate staff, conducts all ministry operations for the US military here and abroad. Specifically, we serve in partnership with Chaplains to Win (Encountering Christ), Build (Experiencing Christ), and Send (Helping Others Encounter and Experience Christ) by:
- Connecting with the lost
- Life changing discipleship
- Multiplying leaders
- Generating resources
Within National, we have three on-location, outreach initiatives:
- Gateways — Boot Camps and Technical Training for Enlisted. Our seven Gateway locations are currently at: Ft Benning, GA (Army); Ft Jackson, SC (Army); Ft Leonard Wood, MO (Army); Lackland AFB, TX (Air Force); Great Lakes, IL (Navy); Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island and San Diego (Marine Corps). Staff and volunteers provide evangelistic religious education on Sunday mornings to help recruits begin their spiritual journey as men and women of faith in Christ.
- Academies — We currently have staff ministering at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; and the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Through outreach Bible studies, discipleship groups, and retreats, cadets and midshipmen are being prepared to lead for a lifetime as commissioned officers, to have a strategic impact for Christ.
- Ops (Operational) — After their basic and advanced training, the majority of our military men and women will serve out their careers in an operational, utilization assignment. We have key staff placed at a number of Ops locations to help these service members and their families continue on their spiritual journey by offering Bible studies, discipleship groups, and faith-based events. Those ten locations include: National Capital Region, Hampton Roads, Ft Bragg, Ft Hood, Pensacola, Great Lakes, San Antonio, Phoenix, San Diego, and Monterey.
Additionally, we have three important connecting strategies designed to enhance ministry at any military base, installation, or surrounding community:
- Community Mobilization — In order to meet the growing spiritual needs of the military in our midst, we recognize the need to mobilize churches around the country in order to minister to their local military. Key resources we’re using to help in that effort are the Cru Military Engage the military in your midst: Online Seminar (E-Kit) along the resources developed for our Family Strategy and PTSD/Combat Trauma Strategy.
- Family Strategy – Cru Military understands the unique challenges and sacrifices made by spouses and children of service members. Utilizing Cru Military’s partnership with FamilyLife, we encourage military married couples’ attendance at local Weekend to Remember Marriage Getaway (link) events and to join or start up an Art of Marriage small group study. Additionally, we encourage utilization of Excellentorpraiseworthy.org a devotional website and other military-oriented resources for small group study that can be found in our resources store.
- PTSD/Combat Trauma Strategy – Our Bridges to Healing Series is a set of resources designed to spiritually address PTSD/Combat Trauma. Our interactive resources and lay counselor training offer practical and faith-based help for the PTSD/Combat Trauma sufferer and their family.
If you have a heart for the military we invite you to check out our Opportunities to Serve. There are many ways to invest your life for Christ with Cru Military.
Cru Military is supported by people like you who want to help the Body of Christ grow through evangelism and discipleship. Please consider becoming a financial partner by joining our Patriot Partner monthly giving program.
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