Campus Renewal (CR) was founded in 1997. Since then, CR has worked with ministry staff, pastors, community members, and students on campuses in every state in America and several other countries. CR was founded by leaders of a movement at the University of Texas which still exists today.
This UT movement united all the ministries and churches serving the campuses in prayer with a mission to fill the campus with the Gospel. To date the percentage of Christians there has tripled and the number of people coming to Christ each semester is 7 times what it was when we started. As of this writing, about 700 people are becoming Christians every school year. We have taken the lessons learned along the road at UT and used them to train others.
In 2008, the Founder and President of CR, Jeremy Story, moved to Manhattan. He planted a CR hub in NYC and first worked to begin identifying all the leaders and pastors involved in college ministry. He also collected data to better define the state of college work in total throughout the city. Since that time, the CR team has grown in NYC. We have convened many gatherings of the different college ministry and pastoral leaders in the city to pray.
Now there are small groups of these leaders praying across the city. We have also started an once a semester prayer gathering called One Cry for every student in the city. It has grown into the largest college focused gathering in the city. This has launched an ongoing prayer network of hundreds of students from campuses throughout the whole metro area. We have also held campus- wide rallies to unite Christians on individual campuses across the metro area, like Hunter College, New York University, Columbia University, Stonybrook University, The City College of New York, Hofstra University, and The College of Staten Island among others.
Along the way, CR facilitated the only comprehensive metro area-wide survey of all the college ministries and college church groups in the city. We have also trained hundreds of students from different campuses on how to lead missional lives through our semester-long seminar called The Spark Course. Jeremy Story has spoken and done consulting for most of the college focused ministries, churches, as well as other gatherings in the metro area.
In addition, CR has helped to unite key leaders on the Ivy League campuses throughout the Northeast by setting up Fusion Groups or similar gatherings. Presently, the Campus Renewal New York City Hub is doing consulting and coaching for other citywide or area-wide college focused united prayer movements in New York State and New England.