Glendora, CA, 4/24/2019 — With each passing day America’s Christian Credit Union (ACCU) and its commitment to its four corporate priorities (building stronger futures, communities, ministries, and families) continues to grow deeper. The first quarter of 2019 for ACCU was marked by a focus on building "stronger futures” which is epitomized by the advancement of Christian higher education. ACCU, through a donation of $130,000 to the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), set out to assess and quantify the economic benefit of Christian higher education. The results of this study were that Christian higher education has a net positive effect of over $60 billion and 5.4 million hours of community service per year.
With the results of the economic impact study in hand, the CCCU, Christian college presidents, and the support of ACCU and supporting vendors, addressed the value of Christ-centered learning to our nation’s leaders during the annual CCCU Presidents Conference in Washington D.C. The economic impact study was a common theme throughout the conference as many presidents cited the empowerment they felt through its data when speaking to local leaders let alone the roar of the aggregated data.
“ACCU’s generosity in supporting a study reporting the social and economic impact of Christian higher education in the United States has helped the CCCU advance society’s understanding of our invaluable contribution,” stated Dr. Shirley V. Hoogstra, President of the CCCU.
ACCU’s dedication to the Stronger Futures priority goes beyond the economic impact study. It also can be seen in the eternal impact made upon students. In Southern California, ACCU partnered with the East San Gabriel Valley Fellowship of Christian Athletes to co-host the 35th annual “Night of Champions.” During this one-night event, which took place on March 23, over 2,500 Southern California teens, pastors, coaches, and teachers congregated at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Event Center. While there, they experienced an evening of food, fun, and fellowship, along with the opportunity to meet sports and entertainment stars who shared their personal testimonies. The success of “Night of Champions” can be gauged by the response considering that response cards collected after the event from 285 youthful attendees who shared that they had committed or re-dedicated their lives to Christ.