RUN SO AS TO WIN
A Campaign for FOCUS
“Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? Run so as to win.”
— 1 Corinthians 9:24
By answering Christ’s call, we have helped to spark a reawakening — to truth, to goodness, to God’s ceaseless mercy — in a generation all but given up as lost. For more than two decades, FOCUS has helped turn thousands of formerly lost and lukewarm souls back to the road that leads to the New Jerusalem.
Despite this good news, there is still work to be done. We are not even scratching the surface of what God has in mind for the New Evangelization.
Therefore, we must Run so as to Win.
Called by Jesus to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), we are committed to a rapid but thoughtful expansion that will exponentially increase the number of young people launched into lifelong Catholic mission. To this end, we have made our vision and model scalable to bring them beyond the college campus to parishes and the wider culture.
Live our mission
FOCUS aspires to substantial and continual growth in response to Christ’s Great Commission — the evangelical imperative to reach the ends of the earth with the Gospel. The centerpiece of the Run so as to Win campaign is to amplify our impact on college campuses and invite more students to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and inspire others to do the same.
Generate new leaders
As we look ahead in the next stages of FOCUS’ growth, we foresee great opportunities but also potential challenges that could arise. We need to prepare our leadership throughout the organization for an even greater ability to serve with their gifts and talents. The priority of Generating New Leaders will focus on cultivating our rising internal leaders through professional development so that they are equipped to lead now and for the years to come, wherever they may be.
Encounter the culture
The love of God is what opens hearts. Sometimes this love is best encountered when we are outside of our comfort zone or in a new setting. FOCUS has found great fruit in presenting the Gospel to students through a culture of encounter on mission trips, retreats, conferences and digital media. With your support, this campaign will provide the resources to make these life-changing encounters available to more people.
Mobilize our alumni
Through this Run so as to Win Campaign, we will engage and mobilize our growing pool of alumni to help them transform into self-identified parish missionaries. In so doing, we seek to keep our alumni connected to FOCUS and on lifelong Catholic mission. This will help form thousands of young men and women in virtuous leadership, inspiring them to be agents of hope and renewal to impact parishes for decades to come.
Underwrite our future
FOCUS’ innovative financial model has allowed us to grow in size and strength since our founding. At the same time, it is our duty to steward our financial resources responsibly to contribute to and ensure the continuation of our mission. As we pursue an ambitious agenda, we will invest in our future by adding layers of stability and security. We will also encourage legacy commitments to ensure the longevity of our mission.