There are multiple Christian organizations at UND, however they are all a bit different. They cater to all sorts of different individuals depending on what someone is looking for. Here are just a few of the Christian organizations at UND.
Cru is a Christian organization that reaches out to UND students.
“We are a caring community passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ,” said Tammy Dunford, a Cru staff member. There are five members on the UND staff team and 15 student leaders.
Cru has weekly meetings every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Reed Keller Auditorium. The meetings begin with a mixer, followed by worship and then a talk from the Bible to finish it out.
This is a fairly big organization. There are usually around 80 students who attend the weekly meetings, but probably around 120 students who are involved overall.
Dunford and the other staff also have Bible studies every week and leadership training groups. Cru also has some bigger events throughout the year such as a fall and winter retreat. There’s usually a Spring Break service project trip. For example, this past year they went to Chicago.
This summer, Cru will have a couple different service trips to Australia, Jersey Shore and Haiti. Then next year, they will have many of the same events such as fall and winter retreat.
College Life is another Christian organization on campus that works in partnership with Hope Church in Grand Forks. This one is a bit smaller than Cru with about 20 people, and generally less well known. There are two staff members and 10 student leaders. College Life targets college-age students from Hope Church.
“It is a college ministry that is associated with Hope and we have Bible studies and weekly gatherings, and a lot of events and trips that we take throughout the year,” said Luke Krogstad, a student leader of College Life.
College Life meets twice every week. Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in the Badlands Room at the Memorial Union there’s a gathering that consists of a game, a talk from one of the student leaders, and then they break into small groups to discuss the topic. College Life also meets Sundays right after the 10:30 a.m. church service at Hope. These meetings include lunch, and then they break into small groups.
There are also many outside events. Some of the highlights were the weekend ski trip in Montana, the canoeing trip on Turtle River and the lake trip on Lake Tulaby Krogstad said.
Next year, College Life will start off the year with a trip to a lake house near Detroit Lakes.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a Christian organization that specifically targets athletes. FCA’s mission is to unite athlete’s two passions, faith and athletics, to impact the world for Jesus Christ.
FCA has weekly meetings on Monday nights at 8 p.m. at the Betty Englestad Arena. There are usually about 20 to 30 UND athletes who attend. There are two staff members and about five student leaders. There are not many other events that FCA holds because athletes are always so busy anyways.
“We have the option to go to other high school’s FCAs to share our testimony, but that’s the only extra thing that FCA does,” said Bailey Strand a women’s basketball player and FCA member. “Mainly it’s just Monday nights.”