A couple of months ago, if you were to ask, how would you feel about reaching college students with the Gospel in Orange County through executives and entrepreneurs? I (JJ) would have nervously responded with, “How are we suppose to do that?!”
God revealed a new way to reach college students at Chapman University; host an E2 Forum – Executive Entrepreneurial Leadership Forum. We invited executives and entrepreneurs who value investing in today’s leaders. The forum was built around three highly successful professionals: Young Lee (CEO/Founder of FlameBroiler Restaurants), George Ishii (Technology Entrepreneur/Co Founder of Paypal) and Cynthia Quimby (Principal of Quimby Group Consulting). These professionals shared principles, lessons, and wisdom drawn from their marketplace experience, as well as their faith journey, over the course of the event. The vision of the E2 Forum is for non-Christian students to learn leadership skills while hearing about how the Gospel changes everything.
We had the wonderful opportunity to host the E2 Forum at Chapman last week. Our Cru staff team trusted God to bring 40 non-Christian students to the leadership forum. I was excited to trust God with this faith goal, but I was also really nervous. I kept asking myself: “Who would even want to come to this event?” “Would an E2 Forum be relevant at Chapman University?” Even as I handed out invitations to Chapman students and faculty, I doubted what the Lord could do.
Praise God! 65 college students and faculty attended the 2017 Chapman E2 Forum! I was in awe when students kept walking into the room. The diversity of attendance was amazing! There were officers of fraternities and sororities, resident advisors, presidents of student organizations, professors, and faculty in attendance. God brought influential leaders to the E2 Forum.
Our forum speakers did an amazing job sharing how their business models are founded on the Gospel. Mr. Lee shared the Gospel and invited our audience to respond. Below is a response from Sammie. Sammie is student at Chapman University and does not have a relationship with Christ. She was one of our guests at the E2 Forum:
“Hey I just wanted to say thanks again for inviting me tonight. I really enjoyed the event and it was exactly what I needed to hear during all the stress of senior year/the struggles with my faith. You and the rest of your team truly did an incredible job :)”
It is incredible to see how God is moving! At the E2 Forum, students and faculty filled out connection cards to give feedback for the event. From those cards, 40 college students expressed a desire to learn more about Jesus! Praise God! Please be praying for these 40 college students. We will be meeting with them in person and sharing how they can start a personal relationship with Jesus. Thank you for your partnership and investment! We are thankful the Lord is using you to partner with us in reaching college students and faculty with the Gospel.