CCSP's Organizational Structure and Partners
CCSP is an integral member of a synergistic group of creation care programs comprising an umbrella organization entitled Christians for Environmental Stewardship. Christians for Environmental Stewardship (CES) has two primary divisions, a Christian grassroots environmental advocacy division whose activities are organized under a program entitled Restoring Eden, and a division devoted to leadership and education entitled the Center for Environmental Leadership.
The Center for Environmental Leadership (CEL) is devoted to two things. The first is helping individuals, institutions, and communities act on their convictions to care for creation, and the second is to educate the next generation of Christian environmental leaders through CCSP, and a peer-to-peer Christian student leadership program entitled Renewal.
More information about each of CCSP's synergistic partners is provided below.
To achieve its twin goals of helping individuals, institutions, and communities act on their convictions to care for creation, and educating the next generation of Christian environmental leaders, the Center for Environmental Leadership convenes strategic gatherings to explore critical environmental issues and practical responses; coordinates scholarly reviews of environmental issues and publishes policy papers that cut through the confusion so institutions can make sound environmental policies; offers topical, practical open-enrollment seminars, workshops, and courses; and finally trains and educates future generations of Christian environmental leaders through the Creation Care Study Program and Renewal.
Renewal is a student-led college creation care network. Through its work on college campuses Renewal endeavors to inspire, connect, and equip colleges students to care for creation. Together through prayer, service, and action Renewal aims to expand the creation care movement, and whenever possible support existing initiatives.
Restoring Eden emphasizes three major ways to engage in stewardship of God's creation.
Love: For Restoring Eden loving nature is a call to a sense of kinship with the rest of God's creation. We don't worship nature, but we do worship alongside of it.
Scripture states that God sees creation as 'good'; that creation declares the glory of God; that creation is praising God; that creation reflects the wisdom of God. Restoring Eden's core network is built around people whose intimacy with God is strengthened by time in nature. Christian history is filled with men and women going into the wild places where they have an encounter with God.
Serve: When God made humans in his image and gave us free will, we were called to rule, subdue, tend, and keep nature. Humans were given free will to co-labor with God in protecting the fruitfulness of nature. Restoring Eden works to encourage both environmental education and service projects that enhance the fruitfulness of nature and bring life to all that depend upon it.
Protect; In the era of bulldozers, dynamite, chainsaws and drift nets, it is not enough to love and serve creation. We must stop taking too much, too fast, and too often to the point where nature cannot replenish itself.
Restoring Eden encourages the church to safeguard the fruitfulness of creation through three types of grassroots advocacy:
1. Speaking out in the public square,
2. Letting our dollars speak in the market place, and
3. Educating the policymakers in the halls of power.
Restoring Eden believes there is a role for good government in society and that the best way to get good government is through active citizen involvement.