In October 1914, when Clifton
Fowler rented a classroom in downtown Denver and began teaching students about
Jesus, he could not have foreseen what was ahead -- wars, prosperity,
suffering, scientific advances, depression, and turmoil that changed the world
more in the 20th century than in any other period of human history. Nor could
he have known that his class of two students would grow to become Colorado
Christian University, enrolling 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate
He could not have imagined that automobiles would
supplant horses; airplanes would permit us to go to the opposite side of the
globe in a few hours; radio, TV, the internet, e-mail, FaceBook and Twitter
would soon revolutionize communications. Nor could he have predicted that
advances in science and medicine would increase the life expectancy of
Americans by fifty percent within a few years. Surely, Mr. Fowler would be
dumfounded at the way old technology and ideas have been rendered obsolete, as
mega-trends swirl around the globe at a dizzying pace.
things never change. What Mr. Fowler taught his students remains compellingly
true today, no less so than when Peter proclaimed of Jesus twenty centuries
ago -- "There is salvation in no one else." (Acts 4:12) In the 97 years since
the beginning of CCU, wars have been fought; novel ideas have gained
popularity and lapsed; great men and women have been celebrated and forgotten.
But the true hope of the world remains the same. "There is salvation in no one
This great truth has been the core conviction of Colorado
Christian University from the very beginning and our passion for sharing the
Good News at home and abroad. Evangelism has always been the heartbeat of CCU,
all the way back to 1914. That is why we send two dozen student mission trips
around the world every year; our alumni pastor churches, serve in parachurch
organizations in this country and overseas; many represent our Lord in secular
occupations; some of our alumni have become famous Christian authors and
conference leaders. Others serve Him as strong and faithful church members, as
Sunday school teachers, mentors, parking lot attendants, ushers, small group
leaders, volunteers and elders and by being generous with their financial
support of their church.
God has blessed our alumni, students,
faculty and staff in their ministries, but much remains to be done.
- There are approximately 100 million unchurched Americans (Barna), many of
whom are unsaved.
- Among church-goers (not all of whom are saved,
of course), "just 9% of born again adults and
7% of Protestants possess a
biblical worldview." (Barna, Gallup, Baylor, Pew)
- At least 4.2
billion unsaved persons worldwide: 27.9% of the world's population remains
completely unevangelized. Although the number of Christians has quadrupled
since 1900, population has grown even faster. So the proportion of Christians
has actually declined from 34.5% to 33.1%. (Annual Statistical Table on Global
- The harvest is truly great, but the laborers are few...
(Luke 10:2). Most Christians are unprepared to share the Gospel with friends,
neighbors, even their own family.
In the 2010-2011 academic year,
God has put on our hearts to proclaim CCU's Year of Evangelism: Seeking and
Saving the Lost. During this time, we intend to train and equip every student,
each member of our faculty and staff to share their testimony in one-on-one
conversations and public meetings, to draw men and women to Jesus through
their friendship and lifestyle, to skillfully use evangelistic tools, work in
local prayer breakfasts, introduce Jesus in neighborhood meetings, churches,
prisons, soup kitchens, retirement homes and much more. And to foster a
lifelong habit of doing so.
We are inviting churches and ministries
around Colorado to join us in this venture. Please visit our Year of
to learn more and to access the Evangelism Tool Kit that
we have prepared for ministries to equip them to train others to share their
relationship with Christ.
William L. Armstrong
President, Colorado Christian University