The Sound of Change

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
A strategic part of leadership is knowing things need to change and the ability to navigate it. Often it is said that the most important characteristic to making change is having the courage to make the shifts. But I would suggest listening is just as important because it gives you a guide as to what needs to change and when. I have served in the capacity of senior director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A. for just over five years.…

Why Change is Happening

Posted by Harvey Herman in Chi Alpha Connection
My calling to university ministry began during the late Cretaceous period when velociraptors still roamed the grasslands of the great Midwest. That being said, I am often asked from my perspective that developed over eons of time what has changed the most since the early days of Chi Alpha. Simply put, the biggest change that has occurred is the pace of change. This past January, the national leaders of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A. realized we were quickly coming up…

On Mission Together

Posted by Crystal Martin in Healthy Leaders
Two-year-old Esther with bare feet, pigtails, a floral onesie, and a huge grin stretched across her face came thundering around a church corner, her mom scurrying to keep up. Both mom and daughter were weary yet enjoying the pros of the conference life of an XA family. A dad and preschool son, bachelors for the week while mom is marching to her marketplace call, stand a few inches apart in a perfect unison stance with smiles and sleepy eyes after…

Don’t Let Happiness Dictate Your Level of Obedience

Posted by Jeff Alexander in Healthy Leaders
When I first talked to my dad about pursuing seminary and obeying God’s call into ministry instead of going to law school, his words to me were, “Obey God in whatever He tells you to do. If he tells you to sit on a curb for Him, then do that.” Coming out of seminary, I recall turning down a well-paying, secure position at Evangel Temple to move to Montana as a Campus Missionary-in-Training (CMIT). Earthly wisdom would have been to…

The Wisest Investment

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Student
There are generally two types of disciple-makers: those who are excited and those who are exhausted. Those who are excited are filled with energy because one of their disciples is training to make disciples, reading good books about Jesus, or continually making time to be with community. These leaders are excited because they are seeing the reward of their investment. This is in large contrast to the exhausted disciple-maker. The exhausted disciple-maker’s small group has no interest in discovering Jesus. His or…

Embracing My Identity, Hair and All: Part I by Nia Campinha-Bacote

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Diversity
This post was originally posted on prettyforablackgirl.blogspot.com titled “How Did I Get Here?” that shares Nia’s testimony of how she made the decision to do the “big chop” and her journey of discovering her identity as a black woman in the Lord. Nia Campinha-Bacote formerly served as staff for Chi Alpha at Yale University. Several people have asked me if there was a reason why I did the big chop. The answer is yes and it’s a long one. I want to use this post…

Is God Color-Blind?

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
As I interact with different people regarding diversity issues, I often come across those who tell me they are color-blind. Now, this does not mean they cannot distinguish between green and red. I think what they are trying to say is that they see everyone the same; they don’t “see color.” This, I perceive, is a response to our history as a nation of dividing people into color groups and granting them privileges accordingly. Today we recognize that such a…

How Chi Alpha is Growing

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection and Training
Chi Alpha is growing! The growth we have experienced isn’t just random, but rather strategic, deliberate, and Holy Spirit directed. For the 2013-2014 academic year, we had 668 affiliated Chi Alpha staff, and today we have 1,320. This substantive doubling of our staff is the result of a deliberate challenge to our students to consider campus ministry with Chi Alpha as a life vocation and bring the possibility before the Lord. The growth in our missionary staff is also due…

Dreams, Refried Beans, and Assumptions

Posted by Rigoberto Herrera in Diversity
Hello, my name is Rigoberto and I’m diverse. Okay, glad we got that out of the way. I bet you’re dying to know if, as a Hispanic, I dream in English or Spanish. The answer is both. Anything else you’d like to know about my diversity before we continue? Years ago, as a teenager, an older Caucasian woman asked me a question about my dreams. I don’t fully recall the context of the conversation, but I do recall what direction…

God Uses All Kinds of Chi Alpha Staff

Posted by Bill Walsh in Student
When I finished up my first SICM back in 2002, I knew then and there Chi Alpha was destined to be a part of my life in serving Jesus and mobilizing the Good News.  So many of us Chi Alpha staff can trace our college ministry origins back to such a moment. At one point or another, we saw the white heads of grain amid the university and responded. We saw the huge, flaming mountaintop beacon beckoning us to love…

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