In 2016 our strategies and national name all joined under Power to Change. See the graphic (below) that shows some of the names we have used in our history. Some of our more well-known names are or have been Life Ministries, Student Life (university ministry), Youth Ministries Australia (highschool), Creative Arts Ministry (Cram – band in schools and performance), Gain (Global Aid Network), Family Life Australia (younger families), Jesus Film, Life Saving Chaplaincy Australia, Athletes in Action, and Shift (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 the first strategies begun in Australia 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.
This 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 this name. The global headquarters of CCC is located in Orlando, Florida. You can learn more about us internationally at www.cru.org. Internationally, the organisation is becoming known as Cru Global. Power to Change is also our name in Canada.