Our Statement of Faith
We believe in one God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People are created in the image of the Triune God and are called to manifest and reflect holiness through obedience to the commandments which are set forth in Holy Scripture. Because human beings have woefully fallen in this responsibility and entered into a state of moral corruption, they have subsequently become estranged from their Creator.
Because of a profound love for creation, God has initiated a plan of redemption and accomplished it on behalf of the people of God in the realm of temporal history. The zenith of this redemption is located in the historical incarnation of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. We confess Jesus to be the Christ of the Old Testament prophecy, being at the same time fully God and fully human. Jesus, through His atoning death and bodily resurrection, has provided the meritorious basis of our justification, which we receive by faith alone.
The risen and ascended Christ has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of believers, affecting their regeneration and operating in their sanctification. The same Holy Spirit has been given to the people of God to empower them for the service of bearing witness to the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit brings God’s people together to form a corporate community of believers. We believe that Christ has established a visible church which is called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the regulation of the authority of the Holy Scripture, exercising discipline, administering the sacraments, and preaching the Gospel of Christ.
We support the work of Christian organizations and institutions that confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible in its entirety is divine revelation, and we submit to the authority of Holy Scripture, acknowledging it to be inspired by and to carry the full weight of God’s authority.
We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord of all things and thus we are committed to the implementation of the social and cultural implications of God’s commandments and grace for the transformation of society and the well-being of people. We believe our faith should be visible in concrete forms and models of personal and social behavior. We seek to be faithful disciples of Christ, enduring in love and obedience until He comes again to consummate His kingdom.
Believing that God’s character shows no partiality,
that God’s coming Kingdom is multiethnic, that God’s great commission is to disciple all nations, that Jesus broke down the dividing walls of hostility and called His disciples to unity, we have committed to following the truth of the Gospel by equipping our partners, staff, and students concerning issues of racial justice, reconciliation, and reaching the growing cultural diversity among our students while seeking that diversity in our staff.
In 2017, the CCO signed the Charlottesville Statement with other national campus ministries condemning racism, anti-semitism, and white supremacy.
OUR Core values
All things belong to God.
Jesus changes people's lives.
We love college students.
We embrace God's multiethnic Kingdom.
Faithfulness is pursued together.
We celebrate life.
CHICAGO AGREEMENT: UNITY IN MISSION
As ministries committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and united in his mission on college campuses, the following groups listed below met on October 25, 2010 and agreed to teach the staff, volunteers, faculty and student leadership of our organizations the following principles about relationships with other Christian groups. (John 13:34-35)
- We are all part of Christ's body.
- We do not regard any campus as our exclusive field. We recognize that many students and faculty may be helped through the various appeals and styles of the different organizations.
- We will seek to establish relationships and build bridges with our counterparts in other Christian groups on campus. When establishing ministries on new campuses, we will take the initiative to communicate with the leadership of existing groups.
- We will speak well of and refrain from criticism of each others' ministries and members.
- We commit to addressing problems on a local, regional or national level by humbly communicating with our counterparts, seeking the Lord together to resolve the issues.
- We affirm the leadership commitments students and faculty have made to each others' ministries and will not actively recruit them away from those groups. When starting a new campus work, each organization will endeavor to select new leaders, not leaders from other ministries.
- We recognize students and faculty have the freedom to choose their involvement with any campus ministry. In general, we will encourage them to select and be involved with one primary organization.
- We will encourage collaborative efforts on a voluntary basis between our organizations. We are open to share experiences and resources to assist each other with the unique challenges of campus ministry.
Asian American Christian Fellowship
Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Campus Crusade for Christ
Chi Alpha Christian Union
Coalition for Christian Outreach
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Great Commission Ministries Churches
The Impact Movement
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
North American Mission Board
Reformed University Fellowship
Young Life College