Giving: A Reflection of the Lord

Posted by Thomas Trask in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
As Christians, we all know we should give in every area of our lives: our time, talents, and treasure. It’s not a question of whether or not to give—what matters is the reason why we give. In 1 Chronicles 29, David understood giving makes an eternal impact, “We are here for only a moment… gone so soon without a trace.” David embraced the fact that we are temporary and what lasts are those things that become part of God’s omniscience.…

Going with Joy

Posted by Brian Hargett in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Expeditions, and Student
Students going on mission is an outcome of healthy discipleship. The primary reason going is an outcome of healthy discipleship is because Spirit-filled disciples are joy-filled disciples (Acts 13:52, Gal 5:22). True joy cannot be contained. Tim Dearborn, author of Beyond Duty: A Passion for Christ, A Heart for Mission, says we shouldn’t be motivated by “bad news of sad problems” because we have experienced “good news of great joy.” We are tasked with making disciples who believe in the…

Go, Give, Pray, and Welcome

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Expeditions, feedONE, Student, and XAi
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…

Student Testimony: Taylor Cruz

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Chi Alpha Connection, Student, and Training
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…

Building Missionaries that Last

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Chi Alpha Connection, Student, and Training
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…

Increase of Laborers in the Southeast

Posted by Mario Solari in Chi Alpha Connection
As the Southeast Area Director, it has been humbling and exciting to see the explosion of new missionaries and campus ministries throughout the Southeast over the past five years. The Southeast Area Chi Alpha District Directors have stepped up to the plate and lead their respective districts in developing healthy Chi Alpha ministries. Before the culture subtly changed over time for these groups, the task seemed daunting and maybe a bit out of reach. However, with the fervor and faith…

Testimony: Testifying to the Truth of Religious Discrimination

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
After over forty years of contribution to California State University-Stanislaus, Chi Alpha was derecognized as a student organization in September 2014. The derecognition was ordered and Chi Alpha was kicked off the campus when they refused to accept a policy that denied the local group the right to choose its leaders based on whether they believed in our mission and were Christian. This issue quickly became national news and Chi Alpha under the guidance of Becket Law stepped into the…

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…

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…

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