Sustainability is such an important concept in launching movements. The Christian faith, which arguably looked much more like a movement than an organization in its birth and for the first 350 years of its existence, is the most sustained movement in the history of the world. Of all the movements, organizations and causes that have come and gone, the one that has lasted the longest started by a group of 12 men following one God-Man who would change the world by his life-giving sacrifice. From the writings of the apostle in the Bible, we can see that they intuitively understood sustainability which is girded in the development of resources: people, time and money.
One of Cru's values, that has been apart of who we are from our inception until now, is how to we be a part of what God is doing in launching movements, with the vision that some day these movements would be self-sustaining. Our founder, Bill Bright, believed that everything a movement needed to thrive could be found within 5 miles of a given college campus. Developing resources is such an integral part of this.
With this heart, Cru City millennials wanted to grow its base within NYC. After three years of existence and active outreach, the network was at a healthy place to challenge participants to become more active in their contributions. So we threw a Garden Party Benefit. The goal was to get New Yorkers, and specifically millennials to be invested financially in Cru City Millennials operating budget. It was so encouraging to see the majority of the 65 attendees were millennials and that through the effort 50 new ministry partners were recruited to be a part of what God is doing through millennials in NYC. This specific evening Cru City Millennials had a large donor who was participating in a matching gift campaign, and overall from the evening 2/3 of our operating budget was raised in one night. This is a huge message that God is clearly forming something that is not just a flash in the pan, but is growing in sustainability. The fact that millennials, with the encouragement of a large donor, were the ones who are giving the vision, giving leadership and now also a big part of contributing to the cause is a huge sign that sustainability is growing.
Continue to pray that through the connections made the evening of the benefit that the remaing 1/3 of the budget can be raised.