Living Missions Virtually

Posted by Melanie Lynch in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Expeditions, and Student
Chicago Chi Alpha students from Northwestern University, Loyola University, and Columbia College went on a mission trip to Eurasia but never once stepped foot overseas. Rather than boarding a plane with passport in hand, the team participated in a three-day virtual trip through the Virtual We Live Missions Experience, whichwas put in place last year after COVID-19 shut down travel. The experience is designed with three components—abiding, experiences, and missionary engagement—so Chi Alpha team leaders and Assemblies of God World…

Testimony: Encountering God on Zoom

Posted by Melanie Lynch in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
The pandemic may have slowed down the pace of life when things shut down last year, but it hasn’t slowed down the work of the Holy Spirit. In January 2020, a University of California, Santa Cruz student named August, reached out to her friend, Naar, hoping to share with her about Jesus, but it wasn’t until May that Naar came to her first online small group with August. During one of these online small groups several months later, Naar was…

Healthy Chi Alpha During COVID-19

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
National Chi Alpha has four critical areas that develop healthy Chi Alpha groups. These quadrants serve us in discipling university students to fulfill their purpose in God’s global plan, which are healthy leaders, disciple-making groups, Holy Spirit empowerment, and cross-cultural missions. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they serve as a beacon to remind us in challenging times that our Kingdom priorities must not change. We desire the leadership of Chi Alpha at all levels to be healthy in body, soul, and…

I Have Been a Christian Narcissist

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Student
In the Bible, sometimes the same message is communicated with different words. “if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) Before there is healing for a nation there must be humility in a person. “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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