Campus Outreach started in 1978 at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In the 40 years since, Campus Outreach has used a franchise model to grow and spread across the United States and the World.
In 2007, a group of 20 staff members from Campus Outreach Charleston moved to Raleigh-Durham and began doing ministry on the campuses of University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. In 2010, Campus Outreach officially came underneath the authority of the Summit Church.
Through the guidance of the Summit Church, God faithfully expanded Campus Outreach Raleigh to reach students at Campbell University, Duke University, Meredith College, East Carolina University, and University of North Carolina – Wilmington.
God has brought hundreds of college students to Himself and built them into laborers to reach the lost across the globe. Campus Outreach graduates are currently serving in communities and churches from Denver to Charlottesville, and from Europe to Southeast Asia.
“Glorifying God by Building Laborers on the College Campus to Advance the Church in the Lost World.”
Campus Outreach exists to raise up students who are equipped to be lifelong leaders in the church, within their unique spheres of influence. These men and women are reached on the college campus, built into laborers in the context of the local church, and deployed for ministry into the lost world from which they came. Put simply, we are on mission with Christ to make disciples that make disciples.
The Local Church
We are submitted to the authority and direction of the local church. Campus Outreach Raleigh has been partnered with The Summit Church since 2010.
We are focused on building friendships with non-Christians and sharing the gospel with them.
Life on Life Discipleship
We are committed to a life-on-life approach to discipleship, rather than relying on programs or curriculum.
Growth and Expansion
We are committed to being a multiplying movement that launches other CO franchises around the world.
Our current initiatives flow out of our vision and distinctives. They are shaped by where God has us as a movement and by where we believe He is calling us to go.
We believe that God has called us to build multiplying movements that are ethnically diverse. In order to do that we need to create better systems and structures to help minority students stay in the pipeline.
We believe that God has called us to invest in the next generation of Kingdom leaders. In order to do that we need to retain staff in key leadership roles.
We believe that God has called us to launch CO franchises all over the world. In order to do that we need to keep seeing students come to Christ and discipled at each campus.