2011 saw Chi Alpha Campus Ministries hit some amazing markers in our fifty-year history. We now have 700 staff serving more than 300 campuses in the United States, with 25,000 college students involved. I was introduced to Chi Alpha (and Jesus) as a college student in the 1970’s while I was at Ohio University. Thousands of students like me encountered the person & power of Jesus through our exposure to Chi Alpha on our campuses. Read Acts 2:42-47.
Chi Alpha continues to mobilize communities of students eager to make the name and person of Jesus more famous on campus. Our staff work to develop the following behaviors in students:
Worship & Prayer: We believe God has made Himself known in two books: Scripture and nature. We establish ministry to God as our highest calling. We also learn humility and dependence, practice confession, receive forgiveness, and pray for others.
Supportive Relationships: We model and teach by example the command of Jesus to “love one another.” Healthy human relationships are a mark of true discipleship and are reflected in supportive single and married relationships.
Discipleship: We model, teach, and practice spiritual discipline and formation (i.e., Bible study, prayer, fasting, service, etc.) so that men and women to learn to grow in obedience to Jesus and his teachings and develop Christ-like maturity.
Evangelism: We believe every person ought to have the opportunity to respond to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and to accept His invitation to follow Him into a life of discipleship. We believe God has called all Christians to personal involvement in the work of making Jesus more famous in the world. We equip and enable each student to know how to hear that call, discover their place, and assume their responsibility in the greatest rescue operation of all time.
The Life of the Spirit: We model, teach, and practice walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. We need the supernatural help of God to practice the Kingdom life modeled by Jesus and the early church. We want students to regularly be filled with the Spirit and to learn to be a vessel for the gifts of the Spirit now on campus and later in the marketplace.
Lifelong Stewardship: We model, teach, and call students to handle their skills, time, money, and work, so as to bring honor to God while in college, the home, and in the global marketplace.
The university is undeniably one of the most strategic and influential centers in any culture or society. Where else but on a few acres of ground can you find thousands of people preparing to be global leaders in business, commerce, education, government, medicine, politics, science, and technology? When are the minds and hearts of our young people more open to new ideas and philosophies than their college years? Without a doubt, what happens on the university campus ultimately impacts all of society. If we can touch a student for Christ, we can touch the future.
I have served the past 30 years as a campus minister with Chi Alpha. I believe in whom we represent and the vital service we provide every campus, every professor, and every student in the country. Serve globally by reaching your campus for Christ now. When you graduate, will you give a year back? The early church affected their world. Join us as we affect ours.
Love is a verb,