Commitment to Evangelism
Campus Outreach has a strong commitment to sharing the Gospel with unbelieving students on each campus. We believe that this is commanded and modeled all throughout scripture. We look at texts like Romans 10:13-15 and 2 Timothy 4:2 as scriptural basis for sharing our faith with unbelieving students on the campus.
Commitment to Discipleship
We seek to train students in the context of relationships. Rather than relying on a program or Bible-study curriculum, we emphasize the importance of life-on-life relationships - one individual sharing their life with another. We are not necessarily only a fellowship group, though fellowship is an important part of our values. We focus primarily on Discipling new and young believers and training them to do the same with their fellow college students. We have a high value for ministry training.
Relationship with the Church
Campus Outreach also believes in a strong relationship with the church. Unlike most campus ministries, Campus Outreach is not a para-church organization. Though we are not connected to one particular denomination, each regional ministry is under the authority and leadership of a local church body, which provides a crucial source of accountability, leadership and resources.
Campus Outreach has found that the most effective way to grow big is by staying small. Campus Outreach is actually made up of 24 independent "franchises" throughout the world. Rather than form a centralized ministry, Campus Outreach has intentionally decentralized under the authority of local churches. As Campus Outreach expands to new territory, a local church sponsors the efforts. The new host church assumes all authority and oversight for that franchise. So in essence Campus Outreach is a collection of the 24 college ministries of individual churches which share a common vision and strategy but with no central headquarters or central authority.
We focus on campuses that have a need for campus ministry resources. Some universities may have a significant number of evangelical organizations on campus, while other schools may have not been focused on by these ministries. The schools we choose tend to have significantly fewer religious organizations, so focusing on these campuses has proven to be an effective way to reach students with the Gospel.