We love our alumni, and we want to stay connected with you, even after you graduate, which is why we’ve created the Cru Boston Alumni Network!

The Cru Boston Alumni Network Helps Us:

Care for alumni through personal communication, alumni events, and connecting recent graduates to other alumni.
Stay in touch through a regular newsletter and sharing updates through the Cru Boston Alumni Facebook Page and Instagram.
Connect alumni with opportunities to volunteer with and give to the Cru ministry in Boston.
Provide alumni and young professionals service projects in the greater Boston area.

Questions?
For general Cru Boston Alumni Network questions, contact Courtney Meijers.
For questions about housing, workplace connect, and service projects, contact Ben Pierce

Volunteer

  • On campus: help lead a life group, volunteer at events and outreaches, or use your gifts to help at the weekly meeting at your alma mater or another campus
  • At CityWide, the Boston Metro weekly meeting. Help is needed to bake homemade desserts, setting up, and assisting with the Audio/Visual team at the meetings.
  • At Westside CityWide: Use your gifts to help at this monthly meeting in the Western Suburbs.
  • With Bridges International: Do you have a heart for international students? Help launch international student ministries on Boston campuses by helping lead life groups and helping with monthly events
  • With Senior Discussions: Join Dan Berglund, Boston College alum, in preparing college seniors for life after college and how to continue their ministry wherever God leads them.
  • On Summer Projects: These summer mission trips are not just for students. Volunteer as staff for a project in the Middle East, South Africa, Boston, or Wildwood, NJ and be a part of a transformational summer.

Christian Community Housing

One of the goals of the Cru Boston Alumni Network is to connect graduates with housing opportunities in the city.

We value the relationships that develop in community houses, and have compiled a list of places in the Greater Boston Area who want to do life together.

This map will alert you of vacancies in houses that have been verified as Christian communities.

If you have any questions about housing, or would like to include your house to the list, email Ben Pierce.

Community Houses

What defines a community house?

We believe there are certain characteristics that shift a house from being a place of paid shelter/rooming situation to a purposeful, intentional community. These changes can be subtle or drastic. In this short document we want to provide guidance on what makes a community house and ways to potentially move your current situation closer towards community.

The main intention is sacrificial spiritual community

The existence of the house is to be the body of Christ as He has called us to be; the example of Acts 2:42-47 is one of the best Scriptural pictures. Devotion to the Trinity is the highest desire of each resident.

There is an agreed purpose

All members of a house agree upon a specific reason for the existence of a community. It can be either broad or specific. Examples:

  1. To encourage and challenge each other to grow in our relationships with Christ
  2. To be a place of hospitality for welcoming and gathering others
  3. For a specific field of industry like medicine, business, art, etc.
  4. Connected to a specific church to live out its mission
  5. A certain social justice issue: racial reconciliation, homelessness, education, etc

Willing to make the house a priority

Whoever is living together makes it a priority to be invested with time, money, and effort. Everyone is constantly looking for ways to better the community and actively pursues relationships with those in the house. Sacrifices are made to ensure the community is healthy.

Certain structures are put in place and agreed upon by residents

This can take the shape of many different aspects and will look different for each community and what is committed to by the residents. Some houses find it beneficial to have lots of structure while others find it restricting. The most important part is to all agree and stay committed to what is decided. Below are examples:

  1. House dinners (daily to once a week)
  2. Small groups within the house
  3. Accountability partners
  4. House retreat (yearly, twice a year, quarterly)
  5. House cleaning days
  6. Community service (weekly, monthly, occasionally)

Guidelines for dealing with conflict

Conflict will arise. There must be agreed upon ways to handle and confront conflict
This is the very basics of what we believe makes a house an intentional community. However, putting all these things in place, tangible and intangible, does not guarantee everything will go well. But what will often make a great community is staying unified through challenges.

Workplace Connection

Are you interested in spiritual community during your workday? Is that something you’d be excited about trying to figure out?

From talking with alumni, we have heard that integrating faith and work is challenging. You don’t have much space for spiritual conversations with co-workers during the day. Inviting to church can be daunting and a hard first step. Work can be overwhelming or simply feel not very important to God’s kingdom.

We would love to try and help make spiritual community at work a reality and begin to address some of these challenges.

One of the things we’ve been able to create for the alumni community is a map of where all the Cru alumni work in the city, as well as other young professionals in the same boat.

From this we have discovered many of you work near each other or even in the same company!

A few groups have sprung up (we’re calling them G3s – groups of 3), of alumni getting together for lunch, morning prayer, Friday afternoons, etc. to encourage one another, experience community, and seek Christ together.
If you are interested in something like this or just want to know where other like-minded believers are working in the city then please fill out this form and we will be in touch!

Give

  • To give a general gift to support the work of Cru Boston, click here
  • If you would like to give towards to something specific or to the ministry at your alma mater, contact Sarah Furnish
  • To request to talk with someone about different opportunities to give or to hear Cru Boston’s expansion plan, please contact Courtney Meijers