In 2015, I graduated university and worked with the New Mexico State
University Chi Alpha group for two years before enrolling in the
Campus Missionary-in-Training (CMIT) internship. As a result, I have
the unique perspective of doing campus missions with and without
having completed a CMIT internship. I grew more in one year of the
CMIT internship than the previous two years combined. That is not to
say I neglected reading or seeking Jesus’ face, but the internship was
structured in such a way to stretch my work capacity, deepen Chi Alpha
culture, increase ministry competency, strengthen social chemistry,
and refine personal character—all of which are attributes necessary for
a fruitful career in any line of work.

Prior to the internship, I learned pieces of these skills and information,
but the CMIT internship addressed them specifically and therefore
augmented them successfully. The preaching track improved my
communication abilities in conversation, small group, and large group
preaching; the theology and Bible track increased my critical thinking
regarding crucial doctrinal questions and ideas; and the critical pastoral
skills have helped me correctly prioritize my personal, family, and
ministry health.

What would have taken me three years to research and learn on my
own was imparted to me in ten months of the CMIT internship. There
is no other schooling I’ve researched or undergone that is so well
rounded with topics like theology, biblical studies, communication,
discipleship, leadership, evangelism, missiology, and apologetics like
the CMIT. Whether my future is in campus missions, world missions,
church ministry, or marketplace ministry, the CMIT has been crucial in
shaping me personally and professionally as well as helping me be both
mystically and methodically.

In order to walk with Jesus our whole lives successfully, we need to
establish a real devotional life, fight for real community with other
followers of Jesus, and always take real responsibility for what the Bible
says—the CMIT internship trained me in these areas. To be an effective
missionary or marketplace worker, we need to be humble enough to
know we can always learn, hungry enough to want to, and socially
smart enough to not hurt people and teammates in the process—the
CMIT internship trained me in these as well. The Chi Alpha CMIT
Program is an invaluable experience and training ground for all areas of
ministry and an asset for almost all professions.


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