Reach the University Institute (RUI) is Chi Alpha’s annual training conference and orientation required for interns, but open to all Chi Alpha affiliates who want to learn Chi Alpha culture. We are excited to welcome you to a week’s worth of training where we will learn together how to be better missionaries who make better disciples.

JULY 9-14, 2023


1111 N. Glenstone Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802



Reach + The University + Institute = RUI


“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses,

commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

– 2 Timothy 2:2

This is not just the commission of the Apostle Paul to his disciple Timothy. This is the commission of King Jesus to His entire Church. Furthermore, this letter is Paul’s last letter. You can feel the urgency as Paul is saying to the next generation—disciple others who will disciple others so the spiritual lineage will not die, and Jesus can come back. If you are at RUI, it is because someone considered you a faithful person able to teach others.

What’s the purpose?

The purpose of RUI is to refine your discipleship skills by instilling into you the things we have heard among many witnesses. You will learn about healthy leadership, Holy Spirit empowerment, cross-cultural missions, and disciple-making groups. You will hear principles that have worked on campus and discover programs and methods that work on different campuses all in an effort to cultivate a common culture across uncommon campuses.

Everything you are about to learn is for this purpose—training you to be better missionaries who make better disciples.


Sunday 7/9 – Orientation Night

2-5:30 pm Check-Ins

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner (Dining Hall)

7-7:30 pm XA History + RUI Orientation with Alex Rodriguez (Chapel)

7:30-8 pm My Story: Scott Martin (Chapel)

8-8:30 pm NXAMC Leadership & Ministry Values with Scott Martin (Chapel)

8:45 pm Food Trucks & Yard Games (the Quad)

Monday 7/10 – Healthy Leaders Day

8-8:45 am Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9-9:15 am Worship (Chapel)

9:15-10 am AG 101 with General Superintendent Doug Clay (Chapel)

10-10:30 am Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance with Moriah Offord (Chapel)

10:30-11 am A Healthy Understanding of Authority with Jeff Alexander (Chapel)

11-11:15 am Break

11:15-12 pm AG Finance Q&A with Jeff Alexander (Chapel)

12-1 pm Lunch // Breakout: Finance Q&A with Jeff Alexander (Dining Hall)

1-3 pm Break

3-3:45 pm Guys Breakout with Scott Martin (Chapel) & Girls Breakout with Crystal Martin (Dining Hall)

4-4:30 pm Ideal Team Player with Moriah Offord (Chapel)

4:30-5 pm My Story: Jeff Alexander (Chapel)

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner (Dining Hall)

7-8 pm A Wild Wild Midwest Welcome (Party on the Quad)

Tuesday 7/11 – Cross-Cultural Missions Day

8-8:45 am Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9-9:15 am Worship (Chapel)

9:15-10 am Cross Cultural Missions: Essential or Elective? CCM Panel (Chapel)

10-10:30 am Diversity with Belkis Lehmann (Chapel)

10:45-11:15 am Every Student Goes, Gives & Prays with Brian Hargett (Chapel)

11:15-11:45 am XAi with Cynthia Dobbs (Chapel)

12-1 pm Lunch // Breakout: Global Campus Ministry Opportunities Q&A with Brian and Mindy Hargett (Dining Hall)

1-3 pm Break

3-3:30 pm Key Policies You Need to Know with Jeff Alexander

3:30-4 pm feedONE with Missi Trask (Chapel)

4-4:30 pm My Story: Crystal Martin (Chapel)

4:30-5 pm Prayer & Communion (Chapel)

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner (Dining Hall)

7-8 pm Cross-Cultural Missions Party (the Quad)

Wednesday 7/12 – Holy Spirit Empowerment Day

8-8:45 am Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9-9:15 am Worship (Chapel)

9:15-9:45 am My Story: Robbie Anderson (Chapel)

9:45-10:30 am Spiritual Authority Scott Martin (Chapel)

10:45-11:15 am Abiding Cycle with Sarah Aitken (Chapel)

11:15-11:45 am My Story: Sevo Lwali (Chapel)

12-1 pm Lunch // Breakout: Diversity Q&A with Belkis Lehmann (Dining Hall)

1-3 pm Break

3-3:45 pm How to Baptize People in the Holy Spirit with Cynthia Dobbs (Chapel)

3:45-5 pm Baptism in the Spirit Opportunity (Chapel)

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner (Dining Hall)

7-9 pm Worship/Prayer Night (Chapel)

Thursday 7/13 – Disciple Making Groups Day

Rep Your Campus Day (Wear your campus shirts!)

8-8:45 am Breakfast (Dining Hall)

8:45 am Group Photo (Outside Riggs)

9-9:15 am Worship (Chapel)

9:15-10 am Compassion without Compromise with Linda Seiler (Chapel)

10-10:30 am My Story: Stefa Chappell (Chapel)

10:45-11:15 am Missional Rhythm with Derek Britt (Chapel)

11:15-11:45 am The 6 Wins of a Small Group Leader with Kenji Kuriyama (Chapel)

12-1 pm Lunch // Breakout: Compassion without Compromise Q&A with Linda Seiler (Dining Hall)

1-3 pm Break

3-3:30 pm The 3 Anchors with Alex Rodriguez (Chapel)

3:30-4 pm Find, Feed, Fight with Kenji Kuriyama (Chapel)

4-4:30 pm Pioneering with Paul Austin (Chapel)

4:30-5 pm My Story: Alex Rodriguez (Chapel)

6-7 pm Dinner // State of Chi Alpha Address (Dining Hall)

Friday 7/14 – Departures



Answers to FAQs

  • Please no children under 18.
  • There is a $50 non-refundable deposit.
  • Arrive for check in between 2:00 to 5:00 pm on July 9 and depart any time on July 14..
  • The airport code for Springfield airport is SGF.
  • Free transportation is available to/from campus for arrival/departure; please sign up here.
    • These RUI shuttle services will run on Sunday, July 9th from 9:30 am- 6:30 pm and Friday, July 13th, from 6 am-12 pm. If you are needing a ride outside of these times, here are other transportation services provided by Springfield, MO: Uber, Lyft, Springfield Royal Taxi (417) 733-3701, Springfield Airport Taxi Cab and Shuttle Service (417) 720-0654, and Springfield Yellow Cab Company (417) 862-5511.
  • There is free parking on campus if you drive. Registration includes: housing, bedding, all meals (dinner from July 9 through dinner July 14), parties, training materials, and t-shirt.
  • Casual, modest dress is appropriate throughout the week, but rooms are often cool.
  • Find things to do around Springfield here.
  • Questions? Contact Natalia Lynn.


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