Credo aims to declare the gospel, as we gathergrowgive
Credo is a Christian student group at the University of Technology Sydney. We’re a multicultural, inter-denominational, inter-faculty group that welcomes anyone who wants to know more about Jesus. We do this by reading and discussing the Bible together in our Small Groups and at PLuS. We are part of a national movement – the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES).
Our mission in Credo is to become such communities of God’s people within UTS that everyone is confronted with the magnificent truth of Jesus Christ.
For over 30 years, people have been gathering at UTS to study the Bible and tell others about the magnificent truth of Jesus Christ. ‘Credo’ is not an acronym, instead it comes from the Latin word meaning “I believe” because we affirm the truth and grace of Jesus Christ as explained in the historic accounts of the Bible.
Our vision is that, as the Holy Spirit enables us in our life and mission together, each of us intentionally seeks to gather the lost to Christ, to grow in maturity in Christ, and to give ourselves in service of Christ, to the glory of God the Father.
Our GOAL is 800 people in Small Groups by 2020, 50% of whom are also reading the Bible with a classmate.
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.