We’re About That Life
One way or another there comes a time in a person’s life when they encounter the radical love of God. Like many others this happened for us in college and it dramatically altered the purpose and direction of our lives. Now we’re here at Bellevue College to pay it forward by sharing Jesus’ radical love the same way that it was shared with us: by reaching students through one-to-one discipleship, community worship and Christ-like servant leadership.
On a broader scale Chi Alpha is the Assemblies of God international movement to bring the Gospel to college students where they live, work and study. Our official mission statement is as follows:
”Our mission is to reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission to transform the university, the marketplace and the world.”
No matter how you say it, it all comes down to living our lives the way that Jesus did. Want to know what we’re about? We’re about that life. Come and see for yourself! We invite any and all people, no matter where you are with Jesus or where you’ve been, to experience the fullness of life that he gives freely to everyone who seeks it.
Short answer: we love college students! Being young university grads ourselves we know what students face; the social pressures, romance and heart-breaks, anxiety, depression, and loneliness, but also wonderful life-changing experiences as well, all in such a short period of time. What breaks our heart is not what they experience in college, but what they miss. The love of God brings purpose and fulfillment to our lives, but there simply is no voice for God in our universities today. We’re here to contend for the rights of the people we love to know the Person who loves them most of all by simply being His voice on their campus.
This is also a critically important time to be reaching college students…
Look at it this way, Jesus called us to be “fishers of men” right? In considering where to cast our net the college campus stood out to us as particularly important among the other mission fields. In terms of changing the world we have to start where the conditions are right. College students are the most passionate, influential and socially engaged and active generation among us and have been for a long time. At the same time college students are open to new ideas, looking for their own purpose in life and seeking to make meaningful connections that will last. It’s like an estuary of change where all the fish are preparing to enter the great big ocean of life. If we want to change the ocean, we must reach them in the river. If we want to change the world we have to reach the people who will have the passion and the power to do it; the developing businessmen and women, psychologists, entrepreneurs, C.E.Os and doctors whose decisions will have the power to change the currents of our world. It’s as simple as that.