Staying Healthy in an Unhealthy Situation

Posted by Josh Spurlock in Chi Alpha Connection, Healthy Leaders, and Student
The pandemic has altered the way we have lived in the past year and forced us to come face-to-face with a reality that many thought would quickly blow over. Daily routines were traded for new ones or simply having a lack of routine became typical. In the midst of this, it’s important to continue to care for your overall health and well-being. Being in a crisis like this one brings on grief; things that were possible may no longer be…

Resilience

Posted by Taylor Albertini in Healthy Leaders and Student
I’m done. The frustration and anger in my heart were almost palpable as I threw my phone the few inches from my hand to my table, thrust my body weight into the back of my chair, and rolled my eyes so hard I could have seen my brain. I. Am. So. Done. It was nearing the end of a long day, in a long week, in what has been a long 2020, when I received a text that something I’d…

Staying Christian in Ministry

Posted by Stefanie Chappell in Healthy Leaders
I have found that one of the hardest things about being in ministry (for me now for well over two decades) can be maintaining fervent faith. Yes, I just said that. The ministry is a wonderful calling—an adventure in walking with Christ that’s a little off the beaten path compared to many vocations. In being called to full time ministry, I have been invited to walk a path similar to the path Jesus walked—dependent on God through His people for…

On Mission Together

Posted by Crystal Martin in Healthy Leaders
Two-year-old Esther with bare feet, pigtails, a floral onesie, and a huge grin stretched across her face came thundering around a church corner, her mom scurrying to keep up. Both mom and daughter were weary yet enjoying the pros of the conference life of an XA family. A dad and preschool son, bachelors for the week while mom is marching to her marketplace call, stand a few inches apart in a perfect unison stance with smiles and sleepy eyes after…

Don’t Let Happiness Dictate Your Level of Obedience

Posted by Jeffrey Alexander in Healthy Leaders
When I first talked to my dad about pursuing seminary and obeying God’s call into ministry instead of going to law school, his words to me were, “Obey God in whatever He tells you to do. If he tells you to sit on a curb for Him, then do that.” Coming out of seminary, I recall turning down a well-paying, secure position at Evangel Temple to move to Montana as a Campus Missionary-in-Training (CMIT). Earthly wisdom would have been to…

Limits

Posted by Michael Amiot in Healthy Leaders and Student
A couple years back, I had the opportunity to ride on the track where they hold the famous Daytona 500. It is amazing to see the incredible banking and to try and grasp how fast these cars go. I have watched many a NASCAR race where cars blew their engines around these types of tracks. Evidently, you cannot run a car at 9300 RPM for 4.5 hours without the chance of blowing an engine. It is clear in racing there…

Fully Funded

Posted by Jeffrey Alexander in Healthy Leaders
Look carefully and see if you can find Gregg Glutting and/or Jeff Alexander. Gregg Glutting, Chi Alpha National Support Raising Specialist, and I had the privilege of participating in the Full Sail Support Raising Leaders Conference. The goal of the conference was to help shape culture, build infrastructure, elevate training, and multiply coaching within organizations to see all future and veteran staff fully funded in their ministries, so we can all send more missionaries to the field and keep more…

Soul Care for the Family

Posted by Lindsay Banton in Healthy Leaders
When Gil and I moved to Connecticut to pioneer Chi Alpha at the University of Connecticut, we quickly realized the stark change in culture. We were no longer one Christian family among many. Instantly, we became the odd bird out—a ministry family, driving a minivan, looking for new friends, and unfamiliar with the area. Even the church we attended did not have any families with young kids at the time. We felt drier and lonelier as the months passed. Without…

Continuing Education

Posted by Chothiakadavil Robinson in Healthy Leaders
Growing up I was always interested in learning. If the learning was structured and geared toward a goal, I found it to be driving, thrilling, and achievable. Growing up in India, education is culturally very significant. Your future prospect of a “good life” depends heavily on your educational pursuits, so the expectation is not that you just graduate from high school or college, but graduate with distinction and pursue education as far as you can. When I first came to…

Money: Tackling the Taboo Topic

Posted by Peter Bullette in Healthy Leaders
I have a confession. I hate talking about money. Don’t misunderstand me—I don’t hate talking about money in general. I don’t hate talking to students about money and teaching them how to be wise and generous stewards of their money. I can do that without a problem. After all, I majored in accounting when I was in college! I hate talking about my money. (I know it isn’t really my money; I am a steward. But bear with me for…

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