The national cross-cultural missions director engages students and staff as life-long missional witnesses to cross boundaries of culture, geography, language, nationality, ethnicity, and race. More photos of Crystal and her full bio are available here.
Today, like never before, our country, the campus, and the church needs a Biblical definition of diversity. Chi Alpha strives to accurately represent the Kingdom of God and the people of God on campus. By living out biblical community, we believe we can be agents of healing and transformation for our broken world.
We embrace diversity based on humanity’s sacred creation (Acts 17:26), the Church’s diverse ethnic makeup (Rev. 7:9), supernatural oneness (Gal. 3:28), and Jesus-centered unity (John 17:21). We strive to live lives that manifest a Kingdom-ethic witness (Mt. 5:1-15, Luke 4:18-19) and to partner in our Father’s reconciliation ministry (2 Cor. 5: 16-21, Eph. 2:14-22). We create communities of “every nation, tribe, people and language” who live in unity with each other and work towards love, righteousness, and justice in the world.
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Chi Alpha is committed to creating initiatives and providing solutions so that every ethnic group can participate in the mission of Christ, taking the “un” out of “unsent.” We do this through:
- Promoting God’s vision for all peoples to reach all peoples
- Coming alongside new minority missionaries through the Minority Mobilization Fund (MMF)
- To give to the MMF, click here
- Providing supplemental support raising training
- Encouraging and providing mentors to new minority missionaries from their ethnic background
Talk to your CMIT director to apply for the fund.
Chi Alpha is committed to equipping its staff and student leaders to be agents of healing and transformation on their local campuses, to see God’s Kingdom diversity on campus as it is in heaven. We equip leaders by providing:
- Online cohort group training in diversity development
- Drivingdiversity.org, a resource website with blog articles, videos, and other materials
- Interactive live seminars that challenge participants with the theology and practices of Kingdom diversity
- Monthly webinars on pressing topics
- Ethnic specific events that meet the needs of under-served students
- Missions internship program that gives students instruction and hands-on experience in Kingdom diversity
Chi Alpha loves Historically Black Colleges and Universities and is committed to planting a ministry at every HBCU. There are 106 HBCUs in 22 states with over 300,000 students. These are some of the most strategic campuses in the U.S. graduating between 40 and 80 percent of black professionals. We reach HBCUs by:
- Identifying national planting targets for coordinated teams and resources
- Resourcing current Chi Alpha ministries to plant satellite groups at nearby HBCUs
- Sponsoring training events for launching new ministries
- Mobilizing prayer and resource support for current and future planting targets
Belkis Lehmann drives diversity by helping to create initiatives that equip staff and student leaders, mobilize unsent minorities, and reach historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). She travels and speaks, teaches seminars, provides coaching, and is part of a team reaching HBCUs in the Triad region of North Carolina.
She also leads the XA Diversity Task Force, a representative group of campus missionaries and pastors. They meet annually to identify new initiatives and projects that they work on throughout the year. For more information or to get involved please contact Belkis.
National Diversity Task Force
XA Diversity Staff
Equipping Leaders Work Group
The diversity director drives diversity by helping to create initiatives that equip staff and student leaders, mobilize unsent minorities, and reach Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).