Campus Crusade for Christ Now Targets Preschoolers

The question is whether you think this is real or satire:

After the success of an ambitious pilot program, Campus Crusade for Christ International is shifting all future evangelism efforts away from college students and to pre-school children.

“Within five years we’ll be out of college ministry entirely,” says CCCI president Steve Douglass. “Campus pre-school ministry has proven much more effective.”

Campus Crusade says pre-schools offer a unique avenue for evangelism. Because most are not publicly funded, there are no strict rules regarding religion. And because the children are so young, even non-Christian parents are reluctant to put boundaries on what they say and do.

“A pre-schooler can talk about Christ a lot more explicitly in that setting than any adult could,” says Douglass.

Not only that, but pre-schoolers have yet to form a solid worldview.

“Spiritual maturity is happening younger and younger, which is why college ministry is becoming less effective,” says Douglass. “By the time kids reach college, their beliefs are set in stone.”

“There are plenty of college ministries, but how many are doing secular pre-school outreach really well?” asks Douglass.

What’s your verdict?

Even if you figure out that it’s satire, you *know* you thought otherwise for just a second there…

Really, a textbook example of Poe’s Law.

  • Becky

    Yeah. Initial reaction: “Oh Noes!” I pictured groups of bible verse colouring, or sommat. But then when I read, “Within five years we’ll be out of college ministry entirely,” I was expecting a link at the bottom to The Onion. yeah..far-fetched, but not entirely so, and that is scary.

  • Obermeister

    I was going to say the same thing as Becky, they might have had me if they had said they were going to expand into it as opposed to stopping college outreach. That’s when I knew it was BS.

  • http://commonsenseatheism.com Luke

    If it were true, my reaction would be…

    Creationism and invisible friends are a hard sell to college students, thankfully, but pre-schoolers will believe anything.

    I can’t wait to hear Senior Campus Crusade for Christ apologist William Lane Craig convert his arguments to baby-talk…

  • Brooks

    I can’t wait to hear Senior Campus Crusade for Christ apologist William Lane Craig convert his arguments to baby-talk…

    Craig would probably make more logical sense if he talked in baby-talk instead.

  • http://thegreenbelt.blogspot.com The Ridger

    “There are plenty of college ministries, but how many are doing secular pre-school outreach really well?” asks Douglass.

    Secular?

  • Jamie G.

    CCFC may not be doing this, but churches are. Many churches are getting into the daycare business not only for the revenue, but to indoctrinate children. Most parents, even some non-religious and a lot of semi-religious parents, are sending them there for the ‘wholesome environment’ and they tend to be safer than home daycares, especially when options are far and in between. If they run their rates a tad lower, they get more kids, and more gullible minds to indoctrinate.

    Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This is usually plastered somewhere up in these places.

    It’s not Poe’s Law, pre-school really is the next mission field.

  • http://non-theist.com Josh Nankivel

    That’s it, get ‘em before they reach the age of reason!

    Josh Nankivel
    http://non-theist.com

  • Rae

    For half a second I nearly freaked out, I’m not going to lie.
    Jesus Camp-style much?

  • http://www.uw-ssu.org Michael

    This is satire:

    LarkNews is a satirical newspaper published by Joel Kilpatrick. Lark News uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

  • Miko

    “Give me the child until he is seven and I care not who has him thereafter.”
    – allegedly from the Jesuits

    Not a new idea.

  • Morgan55

    Go ahead and freak out. See what’s happening in my hometown. Alabama Baptists? Mississippi evangelicals? Try New York Presbyterians!

    http://www.wpreschurch.org/splash.htm

  • vivian

    I live in a small town, and the only choice of preschool I had for my daughter was one school, that was already full, the YMCA, that has posters of bible quotes all over the walls, or about 3 churches that hold daycare and preschool. Whether this article is satire or not, it’s still happening out there.


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