As one of the 12 movements of Cru Central Coast,
Cru at Cal Poly SLO (San Luis Obispo) focuses on
students attending Cal Poly. Through the 800+ students
involved in our large group meeting and in our Community
Groups, we really do hope to give everyone at Cal Poly a
chance to hear about Jesus.
But our movement has not always been this large. In fact,
just rewinding back to 1997, you can see what we were then
and where we are now. God brought about incredible growth
and change to make this happen. It wasn’t Cru that caused
any of it. As Cal Poly went quarter to quarter from 2001-2003,
numbers almost doubled each quarter. From 40 to 80, 150, 300,
600, all the way to 800-1000 students in the span of just a
few years. God did much and we just tried to keep up.
Even as our numbers grew, we quickly recognized that not all
pockets of campus were involved in this growth. We were
under-represented by athletes and faculty and ethnic-minority
groups to name a few. So as we looked to reach every student
and faculty, we realized we weren't going to do so through one
group. We started looking to establish places where different
groups of people could be welcomed and accepted.
The first of these groups was Epic, our ministry to Asian-Americans.
Through a Cru staff member and a single student who started praying
together in 2003, God eventually helped to launch this movement in
2007. With 70-100 students now, God is using Epic to reach out to Cal
Poly SLO through Asian-American students. He wasn't done there though.
In 2008, movements were launched at Cuesta Community College and
in the Greek system (fraternities and sororities) at Cal Poly.
These new movements expanded our scope and brought us into new
pockets that were previously untouched.
In 2011, Athletes in Action started with a movement focused on
collegiate and club athletes at Cal Poly as well as Faculty
Commons with a movement focused on reaching professors and faculty.
In 2012, Destino launched with a focus on Latino/Hispanic students at Cal Poly.
In 2013, Branded launched with a focus on Ag majors at Cal Poly.
In 2014, Cru High launched at San Luis Obispo High School opening up yet another campus.
In 2015, movements were launched at Cuesta North in Paso Robles and Allan-Hancock
in Santa Maria. We now had movements on 5 campuses. In addition, a movement
started amongst the ROTC students at Cal Poly, which we now call Valor.
God continues to open new doors and new places for us to walk into. As we continue
forward, we recognize all that God has done, but also the places God has yet to
bring us. We are 12 movements focused on reaching the entirety of the Central Coast.
And we are a single family doing this together. Together, we are Cru Central Coast.
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