Those of us in Chi Alpha enjoy the privilege of working with students from various geographic, cultural, and spiritual backgrounds. We are always excited to welcome new students looking to grow in their character, faith, and values by asking questions, meeting new folks with a common interest, and learning about Christianity for the first time.
As I look at a campus, I realize there are significant areas of the student population that are focal points of prospective “leadership” that need to be tapped. While every student is a potential “Christ-centered laborer,” I believe athletics, student government, campus organizations, and the Greek system tend to draw people with inherent leadership capacity. Therefore, I would spend time getting to know varsity captains, dormitory leaders, campus government leaders, presidents of international student associations, campus newspaper editors, and Greek presidents. Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.
One of the areas of campus work that I enjoy is ministry to students in fraternities and sororities. Greek life is an integral part of many campuses and universities because:
1. You can experience brotherhood and sisterhood. This is a great opportunity to meet and develop lifelong friends through a common bond in a values-based organization.
2. You can experience leadership. The Greek system is an excellent place to develop the character and competencies that leadership requires. It is startling to recognize that 76% of those serving in the U.S. Congress and 85% of Fortune 500 executives were involved in Greek life while in college.
3. You can experience academic success. Greeks aspire to the highest academic standards. Brothers and sisters often host study sessions, mentor younger members of their chapter, keep notes and share material from classes with others in their house.
4. You can experience healthy social life. Fraternities and sororities host parties, mixers, trips, and formals that provide Greek members with a break from the rigors and stress of campus life, as well as a chance to interact with students from other houses on campus. Often the Greek system is a center of college social life, so it can be a great intersection of students from across the campus.
5. You can experience service and justice. Every Greek house has a commitment to serving others. Projects are undertaken to care for others, raise money and people power to alleviate suffering, and make the community a better place to live.
6. You can experience who God is and why that matters. Weekly small groups, prayer, and chapter specific discussions are a few of the ways we can challenge students to wrestle with the claims of Christ and the implications for their lives.
Think theologically. Jesus invested in a few for the sake of the many. One of the best ways to influence a campus is to influence the “natural leaders” of a campus. Many of those leaders are in the Greek system. Pray for the Greeks on campus. Connect with Greek presidents. May the Gospel impact the men and women involved in Greek life.
Love is a verb,