I’ve heard they are actually kind of cult-y. Not supposed to socialize outside the group. Start making impossible demands once you’re in. Guilt you into giving them your money. The whole “discipleship” mechanism.Redditor: themsc190
I was with cru from 2011-2013 (most of my undergrad). I can confirm that they do not like you socializing outside of your group and do tell you that non-Christian friends are not “really” friends but should be causes for you to convert. They keep you from mingling with other people by organizing your whole week, like oh homecoming? We have a table where you can tailgate (no alcohol obv)! Then they pressure you to volunteer and do more (fruit of the Spirit). Hell, I left the country, moved abroad for grad school and they contact the Cru abroad at the university to reach out to me! It was terrible! I’ve been avoiding them ever since.Redditor: hayekenthusiast
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I was abused by the head volunteer youth minister in Campus Crusade for Christ while in college.
He was a pathological narcissist. I was trapped in a cycle of dating abuse and domestic abuse. Love bombing, smear campaign, devalue and discard.
I was subjected to an attempted physical assault, emotional, verbal and social abuse.
It’s the church’s responsibility to protect the sheep especially new Christian’s such as myself. I was not supported or protected because Campus crusade does
not have a vetting process to prevent people with troubled pasts from leading in campus ministry.
I dated The President of CCC who tried to punch me in the face, overdosed me on NyQuil, bragged about visiting prostitutes and committing adultery, lied about me to the ministry team so they would hate me and to isolate me so I could be more easily abused, lied to me about visiting strip clubs and prostitutes with the male music ministers who led weekly worship for CCC meetings. The president of CCC was a voyeur and a porn addict. He would watch the girls in the dorm across the street from his bedroom window. He would allude to felony criminal activity. I was bullied by his friends (the ministry team) for not allowing him to use me sexually.
He did all of this while teaching bible studies, leading prayer meetings, correcting my doctrine and leading worship. I was scared to end the relationship and fearful to tell anyone.
Campus Crusade aka the CRU did not have a clear path for me to report this abuse. The staff ministers are not trained in how to handle bullying and domestic violence. There is not even a code of conduct that the volunteer ministry team is required to follow. CCC failed me. I would not recommend anyone joining this organization. I was afraid to report the abuse to the 25 year old campus minister who was best buddies with my abuser, had no experience with domestic violence and would totally support his bro. I didn’t stand a chance!