Encounter. Respond. 

Welcome to UNC. Come join Cru on a journey to encounter God in community and respond in love and action. Come help change the world.

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Spring 2023 Update

Welcome Class of 2026! We are so excited to see so many of y’all and the many new faces. 
If you would like to get connected with the staff or community groups, learn more about who we are, or get involved,
and to stay up to date on our events, we encourage you to follow our Instagram (@cruatunc). 
See y’all soon! 


Who We Are: Encounter and Respond

Cru is here to help you navigate college life and see what God has to say to you while you’re a student at UNC. There are a lot of different messages out there about who God is. It is a confusing time when it comes to Christianity. We don’t have all the answers; in fact we will probably get some of them wrong. But our community is on a journey to discover what God truly has to say to us. No matter where you are in your spiritual life – a passionate Christian or a skeptic with lots of doubts or questions – we invite you to investigate who God really is. We simply want to truly get to know this God, encounter Him, grow closer to Him, and respond by embracing His call to be used by Him in this world. If this is something you want too, I hope you’ll check us out. – Kelly Haywood, Cru at UNC Director

Greek Life, Life Lines, Impact, Destino, Athletes in Action, Valor

Cru exists on almost every major college campus in the United States and on many campuses throughout the rest of the world. Our organization on this campus is called Cru at UNC. Based on the diverse backgrounds of the students represented at UNC, Cru has several different ministries that fall under our umbrella. Greek Life is designed for students in the Greek system, who desire to see God moves in their fraternities and sororities. Impact seeks to serve those interested in encountering God specifically through the lense of the African-American experience. Destino likewise for the Latino context, Valor for ROTC/military, and Athletes in Action for our student athletes. We believe that each person’s experience in college is unique based on what they’re involved in, and where their community lies. Our hope and prayer is to be a ministry that serves each individual based on their context. We hope you’ll find a place here with us.

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Who We Are: Encounter and Respond

Here at Cru at UNC, we are on a journey together to Encounter Jesus and Respond to Him with all of our hearts. We don’t have all the answers. We will probably get some answers wrong. But we think that God, in His great mercy, has chosen to reveal Himself through the Bible. We believe that a life giving relationship with Him is available to us and to you, right now! Indeed, that is what we believe He created us for. If you are looking to get to know God, grow closer to God, or be used by God in this world, then come check us out.

New to Cru?

Welcome to UNC! For more about our organization, our staff, or our statement of faith, check out “Who Are We.” UNC can be a big place to find a place to belong and thrive, but we hope to make it easy for you to find your way with us. Here’s what we suggest if you’re trying to find a way to plug in to our ministry:

Find a community group: Our hope is to have groups for guys and girls led by students and staff all across campus no matter who you are. We have students leaders and staff that would love to get to know you and help you find your way. In addition to meeting weekly to study the bible, these groups are great sources of connection, community, and friendship.
Greek Life, Destino, and Athletes in Action: If you are an NCAA athelete or involved in the programs, in a fraternity or sorority, or are of Hispanic descent and prefer a Spanish lanauge community, you might want to check out one of our many groups focused on experiencing God in those contexts. Or you may simply come to Cru as well, whichever place you feel most comfortable.
Join the Cru at UNC GroupMe: Yeah we’re on GroupMe too. It is a great place to follow the constant stream of social events, casual hangouts, Cru and non-Cru related events going on. It’s a mess but it’s fun! https://groupme.com/join_group/21633837/RxexOW

Drop by our weekly meeting:    Join us on Thursdays night at 7:30 p.m!  Though the location sometimes changes (we’ll let people know on Instagram and GroupMe), you can usually find us in the Genome Sciences Building on Thursday nights at 7:30pm starting the first week of class. Cru’s weekly meeting is our weekly time to gather together as a group. Together we engage in musical worship, find out what’s going on throughout the ministry, and hear a message from one of our local leaders. This is also a place where you can meet other students who are looking to invest in their spiritual growth, and connect with one of our staff members.

Meet the Staff: We would love for you to get in touch with one of us. We have ten full-time staff members, and our primary job is to meet with students just like you. Questions about faith, the Bible, or Christianity? Struggling with some of life’s big issues? Searching? While we don’t have it all together, we understand the pressures and realities of life and UNC and we’d be happy to grab coffee or lunch with you to listen and offer our help.

Community Groups Community Groups are a huge part of Cru at UNC. The Thursday night large group meeting is the flagship of the ministry, but these small groups are where you will really find growth amongst a community that grows deeper and more honest with one another. Learn more about joining a community group near you here.

Servant Teams

Servant teams are smaller leadership teams that serve the movement in the different areas of support. We would love for you to join one of our teams. Learn more about Servant Teams here.


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Small Group Resources 

We’ve included some great resources to consider as you lead your small group.

Discipleship Resources

Here are some great resources to use when discipling others.

Personal Study

Want some materials to help you study the Bible, learn some new things about yourself or grow in your spiritual disciplines? These are for you.

Ministry Resources

Surveys, “Napkin Theology”, Focus Groups. You’ll find all this here.

Contact Forms

“I can’t find a small group in my area! I have some questions about the Bible! How much is fall retreat? What is summer project? How can I get more involved?” For all your questions, try one of these options: 

-Check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. 

-Email us (CruatUNC@gmail.com

-For the deeper questions, consider directly emailing a staff (see staff profiles). 

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