Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)
The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) works towards holistic Christian community development. Their mission is specifically to inspire and train Christians to bear witness to the Kingdom of God through reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. Students interested in learning how to thoughtfully engage the community around them can find a wealth of resources through this organization.
Center for Vocational Ministry
Azusa Pacific’s Center for Vocational Ministry believes every follower of Christ is called to minister, regardless of their vocation. Some, however, are called to ministry as their vocation. The center assists students who are sensing God leading them to vocational pastoral ministry by helping them clarify their calling and qualify their giftedness.
Sojourners provides many resources for students interested in connecting their faith to relevant and meaningful social action and political involvement. Sojourners mission is to “articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.”
Urban Youth Workers Institute
The Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI) exists to strengthen a new generation of global urban leaders for transformational ministry. UYWI has a vision to build transformational relationships with leaders. Transformational relationships are defined as a combination of participation in training and development events combined with ongoing, regular two-way communication designed to build ministry capacity. The vision of this initiative is to develop the next generation of urban and multi-ethnic leaders for the urban world.
Every three years since 1946, InterVarsity sponsors Urbana, a conference specifically designed to provide a place for college students to see, hear, and respond to God’s global mission. Students learn about critical global issues from dynamic teachers, worship with thousands in one of the most diverse gatherings in North America, and hear mission minded speakers, students, and recent graduates testify to God’s faithfulness to the ends of the earth. More than 200,000 students have already been challenged and impacted, and the number continues to grow with each conference.
In 2012, more than 70 APU students, faculty, staff, and alumni attended the conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Fundraising and scholarships were provided through a need-based application process. We look forward to Urbana 2015.
Lausanne, the International Congress on World Evangelization, was first held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. This gathering was called by a committee led by Reverend Billy Graham and drew more than 2,300 evangelical leaders from 150 countries. They participated in Bible studies, discussions, and debates over theology, strategy, and methods of evangelism. The gathering produced The Lausanne Covenant, a declaration that is “intended to define the necessity, responsibilities, and goals of spreading the Gospel.” Since 1974, two more conferences have take place, one in 1989 in Manila, Philippines, and the other in 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.