How Chi Alpha is Growing
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 to excellent training. Our ten-month Campus Missionary-in-Training (CMIT) internship program, which is required to be a lead missionary in Chi Alpha, efficaciously prepares our leaders for campus ministry. In the past five years, we have grown 122% in the number of campuses participating in our CMIT program.
All CMITs attend our annual Reach the University Institute (RUI), which is held in Springfield, Missouri and is the right of passage and entry level training for all Chi Alpha affiliates. With the growth of the CMIT program, the number of RUI attendees has also experienced significant growth. The RUI class of 2013 numbered 106 people. This year, a record 260 people attended RUI. These future missionaries are adroitly instructed by knowledgeable Chi Alpha veterans on the Chi Alpha philosophy of campus ministry and our Pentecostal distinctive. They are also introduced to the National Chi Alpha family, its departments, and The General Council of the Assemblies of God.
We are implementing everything we do with the highest levels of excellence afforded to us. We are committed to grow the part of God’s Kingdom we steward: the outreach to the secular university. Thank you for your support in helping us reach this mission field.
All views expressed on this blog are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A., U.S. Missions, and The General Council of the Assemblies of God.