Coaching Testimony: Alyssa Stroh

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Chi Alpha Connection
New Director Training has truly raised me up to become so much better of a leader than I would have ever anticipated. Prior to the training, I had very little understanding of what it meant to be a leader and director for Chi Alpha. I barely had enough experience to help me stay afloat for my first year, but not much beyond that. I honestly don’t know if I could have made it long term if I hadn’t gone through…

Strategic Investment in Chi Alpha Growth

Posted by Stefanie Chappell in Chi Alpha Connection
“Strategic Investment in Chi Alpha Growth” Special Forces I have always been fascinated with Special Forces. The members of this exemplary group train for years to learn the skills needed to operate effectively when called upon. The relationships among them are vital to their success—they grow to honor and trust one another implicitly. They are so well versed in the strategy and purpose of the mission that they can adapt their tactics if they run into a problem and still…

Visionizing: Strategizing with the Holy Spirit

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
I have always been an advocate for being strategic, deliberate, and replicable in ministry. I have frequently discovered our planning relies extensively on our own dreams and vision for ministry, and the pathway to implementation is often our own best ideas. Some people are gifted for structural organization, strategizing, and the execution of those ideas, but when those skills are coupled with the leading of the Holy Spirt, we accomplish God’s vision and plan for ministry. This past January, the…

The Right Motive

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Student
Preacher Charles Spurgeon has an old sermon anecdote that goes like this:  There was a king who ruled over everything in a land. One day there was a gardener who grew an enormous carrot.  He took it to his king and said, “My lord, this is the greatest carrot I’ve ever grown or ever will grow; therefore, I want to present it to you as a token of my love and respect for you.”  The king was touched and discerned the man’s…

Jesus, the Kingdom, and Giving up Control

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” declares John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton. On the surface, it does not seem a truer statement has ever been spoken. A look through the pages of history reveals example after example of power enticing, infecting, and corrupting: from Genghis Khan, to Stalin, to Idi Amin. It is true of the secular as well as religious, of military as well as civil leaders. Yet, there is one figure that stands drastically apart from this pattern: Jesus the…

Student Testimony: Klarissa Guzman

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Chi Alpha Connection
I grew up in a family that went to church on Sunday but didn’t follow the Christian lifestyle. My mother had anger issues and my father drank excessively, so I was a troubled kid. I also drank, took pills, cut, stopped believing in the Lord, and even participated in other religions like Wicca and Islam. Peer pressure made me feel more lost than ever when I graduated high school, so going into college life and being an adult seemed impossible.…

Unity

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Being One? Is this possible? “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” 1 Cor 12:13 “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Gen 2:24 “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” Deut 6:4 One. In the…

A Place to Meet with God

Posted by Gary Paschal in Chi Alpha Connection
During my freshmen year in college, I was persuaded to attend my first retreat with Chi Alpha. This retreat provided me with an atmosphere for extended times of worship that allowed me to go deep into loving Jesus and yield to the flow of the Holy Spirit without my daily distractions. That was many years ago, but the encounter I had then drastically challenged and changed my life forever. It is because of that encounter that makes me a strong…

Students are Encountering Jesus

Posted by Jeremy Anderson in Chi Alpha Connection
Amidst hundreds of testimonies from our local campuses in the Central Valley of California, I’d like to encourage you with some remarkable stories.  Carlos was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit! A group of Chi Alpha students from the University of California-Merced grabbed dinner at a restaurant and ran into their classmate, Carlos. After asking the Holy Spirit for the opportunity to share the Father’s love with Carlos, they shared varying words of knowledge with him and one student…

The Lost Heritage of African American Missionaries

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Did you know that the first person to leave the U.S. and plant a church in another country was Black? Even though the Southern Baptist Convention has failed to recognize George Liele as the first overseas missionary from the U.S. because he was not “sent out” like Adoniram Judson who went to Burma thirty years later, many acknowledge him as such. Liele is just one of the many forgotten names of African American missionaries. In campus missions, we often talk…

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