The Chance to Lead the Way

Posted by Paul York in Student
The start of this new school year has been hard for students. They don’t know what to expect. It was hard on groups that work with students too—including Chi Alpha. Local and national Chi Alpha missionaries and staff wondered what would happen if they couldn’t meet on campus or had to meet in very small groups. Many churches felt desperate this summer as they watched their main regular contribution to ministry—a Sunday service gathering in a building—taken away for weeks…

King of the Nations

Posted by Paul York in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Student
In the original language, the main verb of the Great Commission is not “Go.” The word “go” is a supporting verb–something you do to help get the main job done. Instead, the main verb is the command “Make Disciples of All Nations.” Jesus told us to make a personal discipleship bridge to unsaved people from other cultures, and he expects us to actually do it! The people in our generation who live without any Christian contact don’t need a handout…

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…

Small Choice, Huge Impact

Posted by Angela Jarvis in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
I’m the kind of person who loves random facts. Whether it’s researching every actor in a show I’m watching or having the amazing ability to tell the life story of most 90’s rappers, I love random facts. Recently, I was wondering just how many decisions the average person makes in a day. To my astonishment, the average person makes over 35,000 seemingly conscious decisions over the course of twenty-four hours. Now, some of these may seem tiny but could have…

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…

XAi Leadership Intensive Training

Posted by Cynthia Dobbs in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Training, and XAi
The inaugural XAi Leadership Intensive Training (XAi LIT) launched successfully June 1, 2020. When COVID-19-related social distancing made the historic All Nations international student conference impossible, an online training that would inspire, empower, and train internationals was designed. This training ran over the course of six weeks with students attending online classes and weekly Bible studies where they gained experience in leading a Bible study. Each student was assigned a coach to help them navigate through the unique challenges faced…

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…

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