50 Years: Calling College Students to Serve Jesus Christ

Coalition for Christian Outreach: Inviting Students Into the Lives of Local Congregations 

March 22, 2021

PITTSBURGH — For 50 years,Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) staff people have reached out to students by entering into their world. They are on campus every day – at athletic practices, in cafeterias, student centers, coffee shops, residence halls, and sometimes even classrooms. CCO staff members meet students where they are.

“While on the surface, no two CCO ministries look exactly alike, the mission on every campus is the same: to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life,” stated Dan Dupee, former Chairman of the Board for CCO.

Since CCO’s inception in 1971, the staff has interacted with college students by:

  • Studying. They study the Scriptures with students and equip them to lead the Bible studies with others.
  • Teaching. They teach students how to live out their Christian faith in their lives. The staff invite students to the Jubilee conference and encourage them to dream about how their gifts might be developed to serve God and others.
  • Connecting. They connect the student with local churches. The staff invite the students to get involved with local churches, making it more likely that they will join a church upon graduation.
  • Equipping. They equip students to take active leadership roles on campus and in their communities. The staff take students on local service projects and trips and encourage them to get involved in summer projects to develop deeper levels of community leadership.

“Our experience has shown that when students are given opportunities to lead and invest in others while in college, a safe environment where they are trained and given feedback, they are better equipped to take that learning and translate it into their various roles after college,” continued Dupee.

As part of a year-long 50th anniversary celebration, CCO will be hosting the Next Generation Celebration, a virtual event on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7 pm. This event continues to be a cornerstone of CCO’s annual fundraising. The money raised supports and grows the ministry on campuses across the nation.

“The Next Generation Celebration has raised millions of dollars to reach college students on campuses across the country,” said Dupee. “This year has been tough – between the pandemic, racial and social unrest, the divisive election and more, everyone has experienced hardship. This year more than ever, students need the hope of Jesus Christ and we need your support in reaching them.

“Additionally, this year marks our 50th anniversary, which we will celebrate this year by looking back at God’s faithfulness seen in our organization and next year by looking forward to where God is taking this ministry. During the event, we will highlight the work God has done in the lives of many students through CCO ministries and raise the vital funds to continue supporting our work.”

The college and university campus are the most strategic mission fields in the world, with only 2% of students being reached with the Gospel. CCO partners with local church congregations to help students feel a sense of belonging. A community is formed between the CCO staff and students, who are invited into the lives of local congregations. Through this community of fellowship, CCO is able to minister to the students in a life-changing way.

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To interview Dan Dupee or for more information about the Coalition for Christian Outreach, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Marjorie Pratt, 610.584.1096, ext. 107, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.