I had the opportunity to interview Brian Ramsey this evening about Campus Crusade for Christ. Brian is the president of the organization at Mines this year, and we talked about what Crusade is and his experience in the organization.
Camo: What is Campus Crusade for Christ?
Brian: Crusade is about bringing college students to a deeper understanding of relationship with God. We believe that Jesus is the son of God, and that he bled and died for mankind but rose from the dead.
C: What is specific and unique to Crusade at Mines?
B: Crusade brings in people who are broken and lost, and it is possible to see God’s glory in the most unlikely circumstances. Crusade is an opportunity to fit in with a community of people who all have the common goal of knowing God and pushing to follow him.
C: So you have told me a little about what your group believes and what your goals are. What are your methods as an organization?
B: We have weekly meetings, which are opportunities to share stories, pray, and worship God together. We also stress participation in small groups and church attendance. We believe that people grow closer to God through prayer, reading the Bible, and sharing their faith. It all starts with the basic belief that Jesus died for your sins.
I will leave the second half of the interview until Friday. For those who want to find out more, Campus Crusade for Christ meets every Thursday at 7:00 pm in ballrooms D and E of the student center.
C: What are your personal experiences in Crusade?
B: When I came onto this campus as a freshman, I had a lot of depression in my life. IÂ also wanted to follow God, but I didn’t know how. When I got involved in a freshman Bible study, I met men of God with real love and faith. Things began to change.
C: How has your experience in Crusade leadership been?
B: Leadership is very challenging but very rewarding. Having been here for 3 years, it has been amazing to see how God has worked in people’s lives. The Christian community at Mines has a lot of authenticity and love that I will miss. Crusade has areas to grow in, but we have the right foundation. We have a lot of loving people who can make a difference if they are willing to die to themselves.
C: Any closing thoughts for the readers?
B: Jesus loves you. You are so valuable to God. Crusade is a great environment to investigate the claims of the Bible and God’s purpose for your life.
Brian appears to be an ideal representative for his organization. As we were talking, he mentioned that he had blood drawn that day to help someone else and was reminded of the blood that Jesus shed for him. It was hard to get him to talk about his personal experience in Crusade; he clearly wanted to talk about the group more than himself. Also, a recurring idea in Brian’s speech was the idea of sola fide, the concept that faith in Jesus alone is what saves a person from his or her sins. This is a core value of Crusade in their statement of faith and in their literature. It is probably good that Brian holds this idea so strongly.
I’ll be gone this weekend helping staff a weekend retreat for Men at the Cross, so next week you can expect to hear about my experiences during the weekend. It is always pretty intense, so I should have something interesting to talk about.
Posted: September 8th, 2008 under General.