CCO Partnerships: Serving the Church – Inviting Students into the Life of Local Congregations

Coalition for Christian Outreach:Grateful to Its Partnerships for a Successful First Fifty Years

March 15, 2021

PITTSBURGH — Since its inception in 1970, the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) has chosen to partner with churches, colleges and other organizations to place its staff in strategic positions of influence on campus.

“Some of our staff people serve as an arm of the local church on campus, while others work directly for the college or university as residence hall directors, assistant chaplains or experiential education facilitators,” stated Dan Dupee, former Chairman of the Board for CCO.

CCO staff people who partner with a local church represent that church to students on campus, extending a personal invitation to attend and get involved. Staff members who partner with a college encounter all kinds of students; for example, those who work in the Spiritual Formation office are able to meet with every student at the university.

“Partnership means that churches and colleges have access to high-quality, CCO-trained staff people who are committed to developing students as leaders, and CCO receives access to students who might otherwise never come in contact with a campus minister,” explained Dupee.

Working in partnership with local groups means that CCO staff people can more effectively meet the specific needs of the campus community they serve. And the CCO staff receive the support, encouragement and expertise of their partners.

“While we could work independently, it’s better to work in partnership,” concluded Dupee. “‘A cord of three strands is not quickly broken’ (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Together, we can do more than we could individually.”

The college and university campus is the most strategic mission field 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 CCO’s Jubilee Conference or the Coalition for Christian Outreach, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Marjorie Pratt, 610.584.1096, ext. 107, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.