Setting the Captives Free

Posted by Paul York in Student
When I was a small boy, my Dad became a missionary. As a five-year-old, I saw my Dad ran up to the house, legs flying faster than I had ever seen. “Joy!” he called to my Mom, his voice charged with excitement, “we’ve got our visa!” He wasn’t celebrating a new credit card. We had been stuck for months waiting for the nation of Nigeria to decide whether they would issue our family entry visas to come live in their…

Increase of Laborers in the Southeast

Posted by Mario Solari in Chi Alpha Connection
As the Southeast Area Director, it has been humbling and exciting to see the explosion of new missionaries and campus ministries throughout the Southeast over the past five years. The Southeast Area Chi Alpha District Directors have stepped up to the plate and lead their respective districts in developing healthy Chi Alpha ministries. Before the culture subtly changed over time for these groups, the task seemed daunting and maybe a bit out of reach. However, with the fervor and faith…

Testimony: Testifying to the Truth of Religious Discrimination

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
After over forty years of contribution to California State University-Stanislaus, Chi Alpha was derecognized as a student organization in September 2014. The derecognition was ordered and Chi Alpha was kicked off the campus when they refused to accept a policy that denied the local group the right to choose its leaders based on whether they believed in our mission and were Christian. This issue quickly became national news and Chi Alpha under the guidance of Becket Law stepped into the…

The Sound of Change

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
A strategic part of leadership is knowing things need to change and the ability to navigate it. Often it is said that the most important characteristic to making change is having the courage to make the shifts. But I would suggest listening is just as important because it gives you a guide as to what needs to change and when. I have served in the capacity of senior director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A. for just over five years.…

Why Change is Happening

Posted by Harvey Herman in Chi Alpha Connection
My calling to university ministry began during the late Cretaceous period when velociraptors still roamed the grasslands of the great Midwest. That being said, I am often asked from my perspective that developed over eons of time what has changed the most since the early days of Chi Alpha. Simply put, the biggest change that has occurred is the pace of change. This past January, the national leaders of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A. realized we were quickly coming up…

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 Jeff 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…

The Wisest Investment

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Student
There are generally two types of disciple-makers: those who are excited and those who are exhausted. Those who are excited are filled with energy because one of their disciples is training to make disciples, reading good books about Jesus, or continually making time to be with community. These leaders are excited because they are seeing the reward of their investment. This is in large contrast to the exhausted disciple-maker. The exhausted disciple-maker’s small group has no interest in discovering Jesus. His or…

Embracing My Identity, Hair and All: Part I by Nia Campinha-Bacote

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Diversity
This post was originally posted on prettyforablackgirl.blogspot.com titled “How Did I Get Here?” that shares Nia’s testimony of how she made the decision to do the “big chop” and her journey of discovering her identity as a black woman in the Lord. Nia Campinha-Bacote formerly served as staff for Chi Alpha at Yale University. Several people have asked me if there was a reason why I did the big chop. The answer is yes and it’s a long one. I want to use this post…

Is God Color-Blind?

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
As I interact with different people regarding diversity issues, I often come across those who tell me they are color-blind. Now, this does not mean they cannot distinguish between green and red. I think what they are trying to say is that they see everyone the same; they don’t “see color.” This, I perceive, is a response to our history as a nation of dividing people into color groups and granting them privileges accordingly. Today we recognize that such a…

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