The benefit of partnering with an organization that shares your worldview and goals is huge! We have confidence in going to our members and demonstrating that we have been good stewards with their resources in the advance of the Kingdom of God in our midst. Practically, we get to see a bunch of international students integrated into the life of our congregation, which literally brings the world to our doorstep and helps to transform us into global followers of Jesus. And many of our MPC kids end up either at Jubilee or the Beach Project and have their lives forever changed by the gospel. That is pretty amazing stuff.
Whether it is at Memorial Park, reaching out to international students at La Roche College, or at our new church plant in downtown Pittsburgh called New City Church, reaching out to students at Point Park University and the Art Institute, it is all about joining God in His Kingdom Advance in our own Jerusalem, Judea/Samaria and to the Ends of the Earth. The CCO helps us to do that!
D. Dean Weaver
Lead Pastor, Memorial Park Presbyterian Church
Allison Park, Pennsylvania
The CCO is one of the first parachurch organizations I’ve talked to who understands the importance of the local church in students’ lives. So many groups present themselves as a substitute for the church; the CCO encourages students to stay connected to the church.
CCO staff members have access where we don’t. We might see students once a week, maybe twice, at the church, but if something happens on campus where they need us, we have access through the CCO. It offers a two-fold approach to ministry—at church and on campus.
Dr. Keith A. Troy
New Salem Missionary Baptist Church
As a church, one of our mission fields is the campus; reaching out to students has always been important to us, given our proximity to Penn State’s campus. We decided to partner with the CCO because it makes sense. Our ministry is integrated with that of the CCO and other campus ministries on campus. It’s not about our turf or your turf, but about what we can do together to reach college students in the name of Jesus Christ. The CCO offers great resources to Erica for her growth and development, and that helps our church. This partnership is a great handshake between CCO and Calvary. The partnership has been a great experience for us, and we hope we’ve added to Erica and her ministry as well.
Calvary Baptist Church
Partnering with the CCO has allowed us to have a full-time minister focused upon reaching out and discipling college students. We have a heart for the next generation to know and live for Christ. This is happening in great part because a CCO staff member is on our staff. I do not see how we would reach the number of college students we do without a CCO staff person. Having Bill Corbin on staff is like having a full-time missionary on staff. We cherish our relationship with CCO as a church.
Dr. Craig Cramer
Pilgrim has benefited through a formal partnership with the CCO in lots of ways. We’ve been relieved of the delicate matter of how best to remunerate the staffer, how to train the staffer, and how to put the staffer in accountable and nurturing staff relationships. Using CCO as a ‘third party’ has solved those issues in a blink. We know what the staffer expects from us, we know what the staffer expects from the CCO and we know what the staffer expects from campus life. Also, the pastor benefits by directing college students in need to Amy, our CCO staffer. One student wanted to talk with me, the pastor, on a pressing matter but had little relationship with Amy and even less with myself. By directing her to the staffer on campus, the matter was able to percolate a bit and the student will get better long-term care in a relationship with the campus worker.
Having a CCO staff person working with us has provided an excellent connection to our local university, and allows us to reach people on campus who normally would never come to the church. Heather Strong communicates the Gospel of God’s grace in Christ well, she’s an excellent apologist, and builds up leaders. We wouldn’t have a solid connection to SRU without her!
The Rev. Ethan J. Magness
Grace Anglican Church
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
For over thirty years the CCO has been the bridge between our congregation and college students who live a few miles away but in a different world. As they, and we, cross this bridge, we meet the same Savior.
Shadyside Presbyterian Church
Ascension is delighted to partner with the CCO here in Oakland. Surrounded as we are by thousands of college students, it is great to know that we have the support and expertise of such a great organization, as together we seek to share the transforming love of Christ with many of those who will be shaping this and other nations in the future. Jonny Cagwin, our CCO staff worker, is a much-valued member of our staff team, and he and his wife, Emily, are a great asset to us in our efforts to reach college students.
The Rev. Jonathan Millard
Rector of Church of the Ascension
Our CCO workers are a vital link from our congregation to the university community surrounding our building. The CCO workers are not merely our “representatives to the university,” but they encourage and equip our congregation to join with them in their campus ministry role. Through our congregation’s CCO partnership, we have been able to maintain a constant, high-profile presence on the Gannon University campus. The University trusts the quality and integrity of the workers that the CCO provides. It is this constant emphasis by the CCO to have workers be always-growing and maturing that makes our CCO partnership so attractive. No church staff member could afford the same mentorship time and energy that the CCO invests in its workers. We are assured of having campus ministers who are current on ministry trends, campus culture and growth accountability.
Joseph “Seph” Kumer
Director of Youth and Family Ministries
First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
We love that the CCO is church-based. We love to see students get a vision of what Jesus calls the church to be and do, and then we love to see students jump in!
liberti church east
Elliott Simko’s service here has spawned new ministries, enlivened traditional practices, and challenged us in leadership towards levels of excellence in media outreach and communication. I cannot overemphasize the strength and impact CCO’s presence has brought to our church.
Manoa Presbyterian Church