We reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-Filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission to transform the university, the marketplace, and the world. This clarion call has served as the marching orders for Chi Alpha since 1993. Taking our mission statement seriously, we had to ask how we could aid this transformation by reconciling students to Christ.
The nearly 22,000 Chi Alpha students represents a potential formidable global missionary force. To change this missionary force from potential…
Does God ever Dream?
God is a Spirit, so he doesn’t have
nightly REM dreams with his eyes shut. He doesn’t wake up wondering what His
dream was about. He doesn’t dream that He is flying. He doesn’t have
But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t dream!
Go to his Word and read with your heart wide open. Catch the rhythms, the
recurring pattern that plays throughout the big story of the whole Bible. Calm
your mind and read the…
I have found that one of the hardest things about being in
ministry (for me now for well over two decades) can be maintaining fervent
faith. Yes, I just said that.
The ministry is a wonderful calling—an adventure in walking
with Christ that’s a little off the beaten path compared to many vocations. In
being called to full time ministry, I have been invited to walk a path similar
to the path Jesus walked—dependent on God through His people for…
On July 16 of this year, I became the father of a teenager and it hit me: in the campus lifespan of a “super senior,” my daughter will be a freshman in college! I remember so distinctly just holding her in my arms for the first time. I can recall even speaking to her while she developed in my wife’s womb. As it’s commonly said, the days are long and the years are fast! My daughter is an amazing young…
Last year was my first year on campus at the University of Iowa and I had barely given any thought or time to feedONE, Convoy of Hope’s children’s feeding program and Chi Alpha’s compassion arm. With hardly any notice at all, we launched our feedONE month in April that began with a simple dinner for all the students and watched The Waiting List documentary.
wasn’t a dry eye in the room of 20 students. Without even asking to receive…
One of my favorite sayings is, “Every time you say yes to something, you say no to something else.” That’s the way I used to look at feedONE. I knew feedONE was the children’s feeding program championed by Convoy of Hope, and I loved the vision and the mission. But I was so focused on our campus I thought getting would mean saying no to something else. I’ve since learned this isn’t always the case.
This year, we made a…
In 2015, I graduated university and worked with the New Mexico StateUniversity Chi Alpha group for two years before enrolling in theCampus Missionary-in-Training (CMIT) internship. As a result, I havethe unique perspective of doing campus missions with and withouthaving completed a CMIT internship. I grew more in one year of theCMIT internship than the previous two years combined. That is not tosay I neglected reading or seeking Jesus’ face, but the internship wasstructured in such a way to stretch my…
Chi Alpha taught me that
giving is not only tithing and giving back monetarily to the Kingdom, but it
also means truly giving your time and being a blessing to others.
What really impacted my giving in both these ways was a life-changing mission trip to Haiti with feedOne the summer after my freshman year. feedONE provides food and education to more than 200,000 children daily and also gives them an opportunity to know Jesus.
The kiddos in Haiti stole…
A long time ago, I was invited to participate in something crazy with somefellow missionaries: ride five century rides (100 miles on a bicycle) for five days in a row. The only thing worse than riding 100 miles is riding 500 miles!
Naturally, I declined the invitation. The person inviting me then insisted I ride at least one day. I could experience the ride, become familiar with the course, and the following year I could ride five century rides in…
Can I be totally, brutally honest with you for a moment?
I grew up in church and then spent most of my college years
in Chi Alpha. Between those two things, I attended what seemed like one
thousand retreats, camps, breakaways, whatever you want to call them. At each
one, there was usually some sort of window for a compassion cause: a video of a
hungry child, pictures of young people my age living in abject poverty, and the