Imago Deo

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Last month we looked at the last stage of diversity development, Transformation. The church is the imago deo. It is by looking at us that the world can see what God looks like. Creating a multi-ethnic body that is conformed to Christ’s image and lives out the culture of the Kingdom in its community is part of how we represent God in the world. Yet, this is not enough. We must also take this ethic into the marketplace and the…

Transformation

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
The final stage of diversity development is Transformation: The multitudes of Revelation 7 are not just some individuals who gathered to sing songs and live moral lives. They have come out of the great tribulation. History tells us much of the sufferings of the early church and their commitment to live out the ethic of the Kingdom and to call others to do so as well. Saint Telemachus is remembered for ending the gladiatorial games at the cost of his…

Conformation

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
The third stage of diversity development is Conformation. We want to look like the campus (formation), so the campus, through this representational community, can see Jesus. In other words, we represent the campus, so we can represent the Lord to the campus. This is the original purpose of humanity, to be God’s image in the world. Thus, we need to be conformed to the image of Christ individually and as a community (Rom 8:29). Like the multitude in Rev. 7,…

Alumni in Leadership Spotlight: Belkis Lehmann

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni and Diversity
Belkis Lehmann (nee Garcia) has been a leader in Chi Alpha since she was a student at Florida International University in Miami. In her second semester at FIU, she started a Chi Alpha group on campus. After graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, she married her husband and ministry partner Steve, and together they served as Chi Alpha leaders at Eastern Michigan University. They now live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with their two children, Sofia and Gabriel.…

Taking the Next Step: Information

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Diversity is a core value in Chi Alpha and on most campuses. Yet, while we use the same word, it is doubtful we mean the same thing. Perhaps you’ve thought about this and asked yourself “what are our Father’s desires regarding diversity and how can I work with him to see those desires fulfilled on my mission field?” Over the next few months, we will be sharing some insights from Revelation 7:9, probably the most well-known and often quoted Scripture…

Taking the Next Step: Information Part 2

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Last month we talked about the first stage of diversity development, Information. We talked about the importance of informing ourselves on God’s view of diversity, as opposed to society’s. Another part of this stage is finding out about your campus. Who’s on your campus that is not in your group? How can you minister to those that are not currently represented? Cindy Evans, staff member at University of Michigan, shares some of their thoughts as they look at their campus,…

Formation

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
The second stage of diversity development is Formation. Once we’ve built a foundation of God’s perspective and have informed ourselves on who is on our campus and what some of their felt needs are, our next step is to work at forming/bringing together a community that represents the campus. A look back at Rev. 7:9 shows us no one is left out. In the same way, it is our goal to form a community made up of every ethnic, tribal,…

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