Discipleship: Life on Life

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
A couple years ago I was with a friend looking over the pier in the Port of Hong Kong as the sun set. He queried, “Scott, in one sentence, what does Chi Alpha do?” That was an easy answer for me, “We disciple university students to fulfill their mission in God’s global plan.” This is how Chi Alpha fulfills its mission of reconciling students to Christ, transforming the university, the marketplace, and the world: through discipleship. The season of life…

XAi Leadership Intensive Training

Posted by Cynthia Dobbs in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Training, and XAi
The inaugural XAi Leadership Intensive Training (XAi LIT) launched successfully June 1, 2020. When COVID-19-related social distancing made the historic All Nations international student conference impossible, an online training that would inspire, empower, and train internationals was designed. This training ran over the course of six weeks with students attending online classes and weekly Bible studies where they gained experience in leading a Bible study. Each student was assigned a coach to help them navigate through the unique challenges faced…

Leadership Training Class

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Chi Alpha Connection, Student, and Training
The hero of Chi Alpha is the local student leader who disciples more student leaders. When your entire population changes every four years, the discipleship commission of Matthew 28 is not a luxury to consider but a mission to be had. Chi Alpha must have student leaders replicate new student leaders before they graduate, otherwise our movement regresses. For decades, training new student leaders to reach the campus has taken place on campus and in person. But this year tradition…

Leading in a Pandemic

Posted by Harvey Herman in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
Within a couple days in the middle of the spring semester, the coronavirus pandemic caused the departure of university students from all American colleges. All twenty million of them! As a result, Chi Alpha directors began to ask what ministry will look like in the fall semester. We immediately polled 150 local Chi Alpha groups to discover their university’s plans for reopening this fall. Of the ten potential scenarios posed to them, four emerged as the most likely scenarios. Using…

Ebbs and Flows of Ministry

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
The university is always in flux. As new students enter each year, seniors graduate, sports seasons transition, and beloved teams rise and fall. This continuum of transition results in a culture shift to which Chi Alpha must be responsive. Our message doesn’t shift, but the way we package and speak it most certainly does. As we are all acutely aware, on March 11, 2020 a global pandemic was declared due to the COVID-19 global coronavirus outbreak. University and college campuses…

Testimony: COVID-19 at Yale Chi Alpha

Posted by Sarah Malcolm in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
When the arrival of COVID-19 resulted in students moving home and courses going online, opportunities for face-to-face ministry ceased to exist. How do you measure the life change you’ve become accustomed to seeing in person when everyone has become a square in a box on a screen? Yale Chi Alpha made the same commitment as our brothers and sisters across the nation—to love students regardless of limiting parameters. That resulted in a Tuesday Night Live (TNL) online worship service core…

Testimony: Prayer Walking Warriors

Posted by Shelly Scott in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
What I love about the EveryCampus initiative and this vision is that no one ministry nor its staff can do it alone; this requires trust in the Lord, in one another across ministries, and in our students, and alumni! Andie, her friends from Pellissippi State, and a partnering student/staff from Dickinson College, one of the campuses they prayer walked between Knoxville and New York City. This vision pushed me pray for partners, and this fall, God called one of my…

Wave of Partnership

Posted by Dan Allan in Chi Alpha Connection
“I just talked to a live one!” When Ronnie told me this yesterday in the office, it felt like an invitation to ask more questions. Ronnie explained to me she had just talked to a 16-year-old student named Bradyn who is dual enrolled in high school and at his local community college. Bradyn wanted to learn more about what it would mean to start the first campus ministry at his community college in Georgia. Those of us who share a burden…

Kingdom Partners: Doing Together What We Couldn't on Our Own

Posted by Jon Hietbrink in Chi Alpha Connection
In the spring of 2017, the EveryCampus movement was born as an answer to the question, “What could we do together that we could never do on our own?” Over the last three years, we have had the privilege of watching God write a story that is more beautiful and multifaceted than anything we could have envisioned! From the early stages of the process, Chi Alpha has been a Kingdom partner and key contributor in the EveryCampus coalition. As one…

Unity of the Spirit

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
I was a good church kid when I entered the University of Arizona as an eighteen-year-old freshman. My first class was a biology course. The professor immediately polled the class on who believed in evolutionary theory and who believed God created the earth. I realized at that moment that I didn’t have what it took to take the big stand for Jesus outside of the insular environment I had been in for some time. Following class, I saw posters plastered…

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