Vice President Universities

CHRISTIAN UNION

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Christian Union is a nonprofit ministry with approximately $8m in annual revenue that seeks to develop Christian leaders at the most influential universities in America. CU’s approach, which includes employing highly qualified ministry faculty, providing exceptional curriculums, and developing networks of Christian leaders in key cities, is strategically designed to connect with intellectually curious, highly motivated students at deeply secular universities. The ministry provides biblical instruction, mentoring, and resources for students to transform the culture of these campuses spiritually, intellectually, and socially.


Christian Union seeks an outstanding individual to serve as Vice President of Universities, the signature on-campus ministry of Christian Union. The VP will lead the on-campus Christian leadership development ministry. The successful candidate will be an accomplished manager of people and teams; a dynamic and energetic leader of leaders; and someone passionate about expanding students’ devotion to Jesus Christ and bringing spiritual revival to college campuses. Currently, these universities include Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard (college and law school), Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford  and Yale. 

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WHO WE ARE

MISSION

Christian Union develops and connects transformative Christian leaders.


VISION

Christian Union seeks a spiritually vibrant nation marked by Christian values permeating every corner of society.


STRATEGY

Christian Union’s two main emphases on select universities and professionals in key cities reflect our concern to reach people groups that exert disproportionate cultural influence in the United States.


OUTCOME

If US society were transformed by the leadership and values of Christians of wholehearted devotion to the Lord we might expect to see some of the following implications:

  • If large numbers of business executives valued Christian ideals above all else, then it would mean the spread of ethical business practices, concern that workers be treated fairly, and integrity in leadership.

  • In the field of education, if large numbers of university presidents, faculty, and administrators were committed to Jesus Christ, then careers, internal politics, and ideology would take a back seat to the education of our children.

  • If the US Government contained high numbers of developed Christian leaders, we would expect laws and the execution of laws in our country to more fully reflect a Christian worldview.

  • If large numbers of top media executives reflected Christian values, we would expect more programs valuing marriage, parenthood, generosity, respect, courage, self-sacrifice, and compassion.

  • There is a global impact to consider since thousands of foreign students study at these key universities. Consider the potential impact if a future president of Pakistan, China, or Russia were reached for Christ and trained to be a godly leader for their home country.


STATEMENT OF FAITH

  • There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.

  • Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.

  • He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.

  • ·He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died.

  • He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own.

  • Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation.

  • Man's nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

  • The salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified them in His sight.

  • It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written word.

  • The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer's life by faith.

  • Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.

  • Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith.

  • God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement.

  • At physical death the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing.

  • At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation.

  • Jesus Christ will come again to the earth - personally, visibly and bodily – to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

  • The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us."


Learn more about why Christian Union believes that leaders matter here.

A Brief History of the Ministry

In 2002, Matt Bennett launched Christian Union with its first leadership development ministry at Princeton University, now known as Christian Union Nova. The ministry's Founder and CEO, Matt Bennett, had long observed the influence that top secular universities possess when it comes to producing many of the nation’s most prominent leaders. Bennett had a conviction that US culture could and would be changed as these schools were influenced by the Gospel. As a student member, staff member and director of Campus Crusade for Christ at Cornell University, Bennett, saw firsthand the impact a campus ministry could have if it were tailored to the spiritual, intellectual, and relational needs of highly intelligent, goal-oriented students.


The lessons learned through the ministry at Princeton and the gracious provisions of God have prompted Bennett to expand the ministries of Christian Union to other highly influential universities such as Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard College, Harvard Law, Stanford University, The University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. Christian Union expects to add additional strategic universities in the future, most recently with the addition of Stanford University in 2016.


At each of these campuses, Christian Union’s highly credentialed ministry and teaching fellows mentor students while leading them in challenging, academically-oriented Bible courses and providing them with conferences, leadership lecture series, and evangelistic outreach opportunities. With the growing support from ministry alumni and strategic impact of major cities, Christian Union launched Christian Union Day & Night in 2016. Day & Night's mission is to promote spiritual strengthening in Christians across America, helping them thrive in order to make an impact in an increasingly secular culture by covenanting together for successive spiritual initiatives. Given the spiritual state of the nation, nothing less than the full power and presence of God will enable Christians to glorify him in all his splendor.

WHAT THEY DO

Christian Union strives to develop Christian leaders to transform culture for God’s glory. CU’s strategic approach emphasizes a seeking-God lifestyle, high caliber ministry fellows, engaged and networked leaders, and organizational excellence. Through highly qualified ministry faculty and networks of Christian leaders, the ministry is able to reach students with the Gospel and develops leaders at the most influential universities in America.


HIGHLY QUALIFIED MINISTRY FACULTY

Out of the more than 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in the country, 63 percent of the most influential leaders in the nation come from the top 1 percent of schools. Graduates from these schools also have extraordinary influence on the international scene. Most of these universities were founded on Christian conviction but have become intensely secular. While students are academically bright, they know little about Jesus Christ. Christian Union resources students to transform culture with a leadership development program tailored to highly intellectual, driven students.


NETWORKS OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS

Role models of the movement to transform a major cultural center such as New York City include businessmen and politicians such as William Wilberforce, who abolished the slave trade, JC Penney and John Wanamaker, who built businesses on Christian principles, as well as numerous other Christian lay men and women who have used their positions for cultural impact. Today the ministry offers professionals in New York City programs for spiritual and leadership growth tailored to demanding schedules and helps them build vibrant and interconnecting networks.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Working with the growing Alumni Engagement department to stay in relationship with graduated students. 

  2. Leading Ministry Directors to take responsibility both for the direct ministry to students as well as the financial aspects of the ministry, in cooperation with the Cornerstone Partnership Coordinators.

  3. Maintaining the positive momentum of virtual ministry mastered during COVID and grafting them in to a more familiar approach to campus ministry in the fall when students return face to face.


CHALLENGES

  1.  Walking with students and faculty as the universities move out of COVID lockdowns and try to establish new rhythmns of community, while maintaining safety. This is also true with CU, as they add back staff and in person meetings to their routine. Some locations are still operating at reduced staff capacity, which will offer opportunity for creativity and volunteer recruitment. 

  2. Continuing to pray and work for revival on largely secular campuses in light of the renewed emphasis and excitement among CU leadership and inspiration from the Holy Spirit. 

POSITION PROFILE

VICE PRESIDENT CHRISTIAN UNION UNIVERSITIES


Lead and Coach Christian Union’s Campus Directors

  • Work with the President and VP of Operations to assemble a high caliber team of campus directors by interviewing, hiring and onboarding high quality candidates

  • Coach, train and oversee Christian Union’s campus directors to ensure maximum effectiveness of all ministry programs and objectives on each university campus

  • Provide biblical motivation, instruction and strategic direction to direct reporting campus directors and the other ministry campus staff as a whole

  • Ensure health and vitality of each campus’s ministry team

  • Employ proper oversight of CUU ministries by visiting each campus at least once per semester

  • Conduct regularly occurring review meetings (mid and end-of-year campus directors and staff reviews, quarterly management reviews, summer on-boarding and training review)

  • Ensure ongoing development and growth of campus directors and campus staff, especially during summer months

  • Design and oversee dynamic Christian Union summer projects for students


Execute Christian Union’s Strategic Ministry Model

  • Implement CU’s ministry model consistently on each campus and oversee the effective roll-out of this ministry model for each campus’s unique life stage

  • Assure that semester and annual key indicator and secondary goals are met including the following: Students in Bible Courses, Hours of Prayer (each week), Involved New Christians, Graduate Giving

  • Provide biblical motivation and instruction to each CUU campus ministry as needed.

  • Apply corporate best practices of disciplined yearly, semester and quarterly goal setting, tracking and continuous program improvement.

  • Ensure proper recognition procedures are developed for each campus ministry

  • Trouble-shoot and problem solve with each CU campus’ staff as strategic issues or conflicts arise involving other ministries

  • Expand the ministry model when possible

  • Manage the Christian Union University budget

  • Deliver targeted results on other strategic ministry imperatives

  • Ensure proper development and execution of all “seeking God” activities, especially meeting key indicator goal of weekly hours of prayer

  • Exercise quality control of Bible course content and instruction

  • Sustain the discipline and realization of student involvement and ownership

  • Cultivate young alumni’s relationship with and giving to Christian Union

  • Oversee effective execution of each campus’s freshman welcoming campaign

  • Drive proper elevation and execution of each campus’s leadership lecture series meetings

  • Develop a comprehensive evangelistic strategy for each campus, meeting all gospel exposure, decisions for Christ and involved new believer goals…using metrics to track results

  • Develop and impart integration of faith and work, especially applying the Scriptures to strategic marketplace issues and practices found in business, law, government, politics, education, media, medicine, ministry and the arts

  • Employ oversight and quality control of mentoring and discipleship activities

  • Ensure effective conference recruiting and attendance


Expand New Ministries

  • Collaborate with the CEO in designing mid-to-long-term growth strategy for non-undergraduate ministry outreaches (graduate students, university faculty and staff).


Cross-Functional and Other Responsibilities

  • Engage in personal ministry with students as appropriate

  • Represent the ministry with alumni and donors as needed

  • Attend select fundraising events

  • Support the campus directors locally as a spokesperson for CU, partnering with local ministries and the university as appropriate

  • Facilitate proper correspondence and interaction between fellows and the rest of the organization

  • Ensure that CU’s development team has what they need to effectively cultivate relationships with donors, parents, alumni and other friends of the ministry


QUALIFICATIONS

Faith

  • Strong devotion to Jesus Christ, holiness, and a passion to make Him known

  • Mature Christian faith

  • Passionate heart for revival

  • In agreement with the Statement of Faith and Ethics


Professional

  • College degree required; advanced degree beneficial

  • Ten years’ minimum professional experience

  • Five years’ minimum experience in successfully overseeing a team of distributed employees, leading them to achieve individual and group objectives

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work independently to complete tasks

  • Theological training helpful but not required

After prayerfully reviewing this information, you believe this role fits you well, or if you know someone you would like to recommend, please contact:


Dr. Rich Kidd

Partner

MISSION:LEADERSHIP

mobile :: (757) 642–0622

company main :: (615) 422–0884

email :: rich@missionleadership.org

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