InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Names New President
Tom Lin, a Harvard Graduate and successful church planter in Mongolia has been named the new President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a role that comes at a time when the ministry has been banished from certain campuses because of it's stand to select leaders based on religion, which some Universities have deemed discriminatory.
But in an interview with Religion News Service Lin said that the ministry has experienced explosive growth even at the campuses they were banned from,
InterVarsity is becoming more creative. When we were kicked off a particular campus and not allowed to put up displays about InterVarsity, students created these displays that were integrated into their backpacks. They wore these huge backpacks that displayed InterVarsity and information about being a Christ follower. During these access challenges, we have seen more people come to Christ than at any time in our history.
To date the ministry has 1,000 chapters on over 600 campuses reaches 40,200 university students and is resolute in finding new and innovate ways to reach out to college students. Lin told RNS,
InterVarsity has always been reinventing itself to meet the needs of changing generations. There is another season of innovation ahead for us. Change is not a scary thing. But we need to be mindful of commitments that will not change. Our commitment to the gospel will not change. If you stay doing what you are doing, eventually you will go into decline. We believe that we can continue to thrive if we adapt and innovate our ministry practices to the next generation.