Seventeen Christian ministries that work on U.S. college campuses have established a new standard of cooperation and mutual respect for their work with college students and faculty. Meeting in a Chicago suburb last October, leaders of these several campus ministries agreed to eight basic points of unity in mission aimed at keeping their work on campus cooperative rather than competitive. I still remember the first such agreement in 1971. I was a college senior and deeply involved in Campus Crusade at the time. I remember the late Bill Bright telling us how important this agreement was for mutual respect and evangelism. Little did I realize then the impact this kind of thinking would have upon me.
This new statement is called, very simply, the “Chicago Agreement.” It is really an update of the 1971 agreement forged between leaders of Campus Crusade for Christ, Navigators, Young Life, and InterVarsity. Now it includes a number of other missions and ministries.