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…

Old Prophets and Today's News

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Student
“O Lord, how long shall I cry,And You will not hear?Even cry out to You, ‘Violence!’And You will not save.Why do You show me iniquity,And cause me to see trouble?For plundering and violence are before me;There is strife, and contention arises.Therefore the law is powerless,And justice never goes forth.For the wicked surround the righteous;Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.” This looks like a Facebook post from 2020. The world is on fire. There is unrest in the streets. There is suspicion in…

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…

George Floyd Is the American Story We All Need to Learn

Posted by Lashawndra Lucas in Diversity and Student
View the original article here. In the aftermath of the horrific murder of George Floyd, I have been praying and processing a lot of thoughts. So far, I’ve come to this: We have a lot to learn. We have a lot to learn about America, about the black experience in America, about each other. And many of us have a lot to unlearn, which is really hard work, but…(insert any one of dozens of pithy sayings about how hard work…

We Live Missions

Posted by Ira Cole in Cross-Cultural Missions and Student
Following the fourth World Missions Summit in Houston, Texas, Cross-Cultural Missions Director Crystal Martin and I were overcome with gratitude and vision as we thanked God for the 2,000+ students that had committed to give a year and pray about a lifetime. At the same time, we also pondered what it might look like to invite students into a lifestyle of missions that went beyond a summer trip or a one-year commitment. The overflow of these initial conversations has led…

Testimony: Making Disciples of All Nations

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Expeditions, and Student
By Bob Sickels I had the privilege of serving on a mission team to the Caribbean last spring break. One morning before we headed to the elderly home where we were ministering, a member of our team, Brook, told Luana, another team member, and I about a prophetic word she received the night before that we would minister to a quiet man. Pictured from left to right is Bob, Jeffrey, Brook and Luana. Bob, Brook and Luana are students at…

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