Credo aims to declare the gospel, as we gathergrowgive
Credo is a university mission – coming from many cultures and backgrounds, we work as one to intentionally proclaim ‘Christ for UTS’ by:
- Gathering the lost to Christ;
- Growing in maturity in Christ; and
- Giving ourselves in service of Christ.
Our prayer in Credo is to become such communities of God’s people that everyone is confronted with the magnificent truth of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.
From 2020 to 2025 we aim to:
Gather – Increase the percentage of those exploring Jesus within our communities from ~12% to ~25%
Grow – Multiply our communities by at least another network (such as formalising CAPS) and increase our commissioned leaders from 130 to 200
Give – Have 50% of our members read the Bible with someone from uni; and 15 or more ministry apprentices in 2025
A brief look at where and how Credo began.
The New South Wales Institute of Technology (NSWIT) is inaugurated.
There is evidence of a Christian group called 'Christian Union' existing at NSWIT.
This group, now called 'Christian Fellowship', affiliates with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES).
AFES asks St. Barnabas Broadway to supply some pastoral assistance. Rosie (Waugh) Pidgeon takes part-time involvement in the group. St. Barnabas have provided staffworker assistance ever since.
NSWIT becomes UTS and a group of students in Christian Fellowship decide to form a separate group called 'Students for Christ'.
Christian Fellowship adopts the constitution that is still the governing document of Credo today (though some minor amendments have been made to it along the way).
Ross Rowe is accepted as the first AFES-appointed staffworker. He works on campus 1 day a week for two years.
The group changes its name from Christian Fellowship to 'Credo'.
AFES changes the format of its national conference and introduces the National Training Event. Credo goes on its first NTE mission to Liverpool Anglican Church. There were 14 students in attendance.
Paul Winch is appointed the first full-time, senior AFES staffworker. Credo grows to triple figures.
The first Easter Time Convention (ETC) is held at Grace Lodge, Yarramundi. There were 38 in attendance.
Credo starts OCS (renamed to Fellowship of Overseas Christian Uni Students, or FOCUS, in 2005) to minister to international students at UTS.
A new Faculty Network is created for Sub-Continentals called SBM.
Credo's group size reaches just under 400 in regular Small Groups. The Christian group at the UTS Kuring-gai campus, 'Veritas' amalgamates with Credo.
The first ever Sydney-wide mission, 'Your God', is held.
Two new Faculty Networks are created from the Markets Faculty Network for Law and Business students.