Music and the Multi-Ethnic Congregation

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
There seems to be no more divisive issue, at least in the initial stages of diversity development, than music style in your congregational worship service. How do you meet the needs of everyone you are trying to reach and create the kind of cultural experience that is appropriate to all? Well, first let me say that you need to be asking the above question. If you have not, then your goal may not be diversity but a diverse group of…

Hospitality and Diversity: Can't Have One Without the Other

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Dictionary.com defines hospitality as “the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.” Our God is most gracious and hospitable. He created a world that would meet not just our physical and spiritual needs, but provide us with enjoyment for all of our all our senses. Since he made us all unique and special, he has provided sufficient diversity in the world to satisfy every taste. Wow, this is a good place…

Diversity Whys- Biblical Pattern

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya…

Diversity Whys #1- Humanity is Sacred

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.'” -Genesis 1:26-27 “From one man he made all the nations…” -Acts 17:26 “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” -Revelation 7:9…

Oh God, What Can We Do?

Posted by Shirdora Thompson in Diversity
What do Yolanda Adams (Gospel Artist), Michael Strahan (NFL), Barbara Jordan (U.S. congressional representative), Mickey Leland (Activist and Congressman), and Belvin Perry (former Chief Judge) all have in common? These, amongst many other notable artist, physicians, judges, politician, U.S. and state representatives, activists, lawyers, and NFL players and coaches, all graduated from Texas Southern University. TSU is a university birthed from a small private junior college that has become one of the most comprehensive and largest historically black universities in…

Three Ways to Increase Your Group’s Diversity: You Get What You Pray For

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Are you dreaming of the multitude of every nation, tribe, people, and language and longing to see God’s kingdom reflected in your local Chi Alpha group? Over the next three weeks we will expound on three simple and proven ministry truths to begin and to make progress in a Holy Spirit transformation in your community. Our first ministry truth is this: you get what you pray for. You Get What You Pray For Jesus said, “Without me you can do…

MMF Spotlight: Joe Sedillo

Posted by Marc Madrigal in Diversity
As a new freshman walking across the Sam Houston State University campus, someone invited Joe Sedillo to play Capture the Flag. During the game, he was invited to Chi Alpha where he soon became involved with his first group of Christian brothers. It wasn’t until he attended a Discover the Nations conference that Joe began to feel a deep burden to disciple students from the nations and a call toward campus ministry. By receiving help from the Minority Mobilization Fund…

MMF Spotlight: Bethany Baldwin

Posted by Marc Madrigal in Diversity
After the worst summer of her life, Bethany Baldwin decided her sophomore year at Northern Arizona University to find a place where God could heal her broken heart and found an old Chi Alpha flyer she was given. Hungry for God and for community, she knew just from the piece of paper that Chi Alpha was the place to be. The first service Bethany attended changed her life. She quickly got connected with a small group and began reading the…

MMF Spotlight: Joshua Byrd

Posted by Marc Madrigal in Diversity
As a freshman at Loyola University in New Orleans, Joshua Byrd spotted a flyer advertising a worship gathering at the front of the school. Hoping to make friends, he attended and soon became part of Chi Alpha. Although as a student he felt God calling him to campus ministry and a burden to see students shaped by the love of God, he wasn’t sure what a career in campus missions would actually look like. When it came time for graduation,…

MMF Spotlight: Tien Dang

Posted by Marc Madrigal in Diversity
As a commuter student at the University of Houston, Tien didn’t have many friends when she started college. But through some people she knew from high school, she heard about Chi Alpha. Her life was dramatically changed as, for the first time, the love of Jesus was demonstrated to her. Through those relationships, she soon found Jesus and gave her life to Him. During her time in college, Tien had the great privilege of discipling young women and seeing many…

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