In 2016, our different ministry names all joined under Power to Change. Some of our more well-known names were: Life Ministries, Student Life (university ministry), Youth Ministries Australia (high school), Creative Arts Ministry or Cram (band in schools), Family Life Australia (younger families), The Jesus Film, Life Saving Chaplaincy Australia, Athletes in Action, and Shiftm2M (teaches the life of Jesus and church planting).
The organisation was first founded in the USA through Bill & Vonette Bright at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1951. Their vision was to help fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) given by Jesus Christ, which calls the church to make disciples in all nations.
Power to Change began in Australia in 1967, as Lay Institute for Evangelism, led by Reverend Geoff Fletcher in Sydney. One of its first strategies was the university ministry, known as Student Life. Over the past 40 years we have been known by several names as an overall organisation and have had dozens of differently named field ministries.
The global movement is currently made up of over 15,000 full-time workers and 200,000 trained volunteers with an active presence in 205 countries around the world. The original organisation was called Campus Crusade for Christ International (CCCI). Many countries around the globe are still called by this name. However, the organisation is becoming known as Cru Global. The global headquarters of CCC is located in Orlando, Florida. You can learn more about us internationally at www.cru.org. Power to Change is also our name in Canada.
Our different names and identities from 1967 to 2016.