My friend Brady Bobbink has been preaching the Gospel of Jesus to students at Western Washington University since the 1970’s. My friend Eric Treuil has been doing the same at the University of Lafayette-Louisiana since the 1980’s. My friend Mike Godzwa has been 2nd Timothy 2:2-ing it to students at American University since the 1990’s. Sarah Krage has been developing leaders for Christ at Eastern Michigan University since the 2000’s. All of them serve as directors of Chi Alpha chapters.
They are examples of the 700 campus ministers and volunteers currently serving over 300 Chi Alpha chapters across the United States. Each week they are spending time reaching students for Christ that are outside the framework and influence of the Church; rooting students in the teaching and practices of Jesus; training students to model and replicate a Christ-honoring life among their peers; and sending them out as examples of Christ to the campuses where they attend and later to the marketplace they were trained for. This year close to 30,000 college students are involved in Chi Alpha chapters. That suggests a lot work, effort, prayer, one-on-ones, and fruit, doesn’t it? Why does our Chi Alpha staff give of themselves so much, day after day, month after month, year after year? They do so because of the Gospel of Jesus.
Read Romans 15:14-20. Take note of verse 20 where the writer of Romans, a man named Paul, said, “It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel of Jesus.”
The name “Chi Alpha means “Christ’s ambassadors” or “His sent ones.” We actually believe that we are called to represent Jesus to the most significant institution in the world today – the college and university campus. We are convinced that if we change the university, we can change the world. We know God has empowered us with His Spirit in order to carry out and fulfill His Great Commission of “making disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:18-20).
We have come to understand that we can influence people to trust Jesus and live for Him. We have watched God accomplish His purposes in and through us (as one part of His Body on earth) for more than 50 years. We can describe alumni whose lives have been transformed by Jesus and are living witnesses of His grace and mercy. They can be found in every state in America and almost every country in the world. God has shown that He knows how to accomplish His work!
The apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, penned these words: “Now brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you have received and on which you have taken your stand” (1 Corinthians 15:1). All of us in Chi Alpha Campus Ministries have a passion to help people (especially students) know the gospel (i.e., good news) of Jesus and take a stand on it for life. Or better stated, “take a stand on Jesus, because He is trustworthy.”
I came to faith in Jesus as a junior at Ohio University because some students in the Chi Alpha chapter at Ohio University reached out to me with the message of Jesus in ways that I could relate to. I later became convinced of who Jesus was and decided to follow Him and His ways. I picked up the same passion they had to present the greatest story ever to as many others as I could find…and I am still living that kind of life thirty years later.
Serve globally. Join the global mission of Chi Alpha by making it your passion to share the message of Jesus in your words and actions. Please God by loving Him and others with passion.
Love is a verb,