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Pioneering Campus Ministry by Matt Herman For the past fifteen years, Matt Herman has served as a campus missionary. In 2012, he pioneered Saint Louis University, a Jesuit Catholic school, and remains there today. Prior to this campus, he pioneered Chi Alpha at Cornell University, an Ivy League school in Ithaca, New York in 2005. His campus ministry experience and preparation have included graduating from a Midwest university where he served as a student leader in Chi Alpha, attended a seminary earning an MA in Biblical Studies, and participated in a campus ministry internship at Georgetown University. From these rich and first-hand experiences, Matt writes Pioneering Campus Ministry (2021). The book’s subtitle, What You Should Know Before Stepping Out Into the Unknown, immediately brings the reality of starting a campus ministry from scratch to the forefront. He presents the emotions he felt, the thoughts he had, and what he actually did to begin. The book draws on his journey pioneering at two campuses and conversations with fourteen other campus ministers who pioneered. He knew the day would come when his initial experiences would start to fade and he would lose his grasp on what it was like to start from scratch, so he wrote the book he wished he had when he pioneered. Matt says, “The descent into the unknown is the reality of pioneering.” His insights speak directly about stepping out to pioneer. He explains no one knows you when you begin. No one is waiting for you when you arrive. You want to have credibility, access, momentum, recognition, and support, but that is not a reality yet. Matt says, “nothing is natural, comfortable, or empowering about being an outsider seeking to establish campus ministry where you are not a member of the target audience.” He notes that some components for starting a campus ministry are universal, however, there are situational and contextual aspects from campus to campus that are different. He devotes an entire chapter to the personality and history of a campus and drills down and explains there are distinctions and variables to every school and every region of country. One of the most important questions is, “How much time the students can afford to spend in extracurricular commitments?” When one understands the distinctive qualities of a university’s personality, there will be unique sets of challenges, limitations, freedoms, and open/closed doors. Matt brings remarkable insights into how Jesus got started and interfaced with his followers and others. He explains that the best ability in pioneering is availability. He says a certain personality type is not critical to pioneering, but campus pioneers need resilience (“grit”), or what some call, “fundamental hope.” He details stages in establishing a community on campus from table fellowship (which is a few students mostly ignorant about the vision), the next stage is the call (student ownership), and the third stage is growing pains (but students are coming to know Jesus and are discipled into enough maturity to take responsibility of reaching and discipling others). During this stage it is like running up a hill constantly encouraging and supporting others along the way. Matt calls the next stage downhill (finally!) which actually means the group has achieved a level of maturity and momentum—the group is healthy. This leads to the full picture, transgenerational discipleship. Resources that helped him most dealt with humility in leadership. He tells the pioneer to recognize that what works on another campus may not transfer or apply to where you are planting. Matt says, “Resist the urge to try to ‘plug and play’ someone else’s unique university model onto yours.” […]

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Year-End Discount During December

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Regular Retail $24.95 Discounted price $14.95  Consider purchasing a complimentary copy for your pastor, district superintendent or missions director, world missionary, a major donor.  The president and library at AG colleges/universities, AG executives, and AG WM regional directors have received complimentary copies of Growing a Student Movement.  Let’s get the story of Chi Alpha in the hands of many. C. David Gable , former national director,  reported that the Growing a Student Movement book was: A gift from above! And from Dennis G: a cat-herding, tradition-stretching, leader-enabling, truth-discerning, baloney-annoyed, need-sensitive, innovation-embracing, wisely-patient, personally-integrated, arena-centered, coffee-loving, Barbara-adoring, quietly radical, center-of-action player, who has worked for years to write a book that only he could be central enough to write. And who is making us all look better than we deserve.” Whether a drone or kite delivered his book, or Federal Express, or a person who tied the book to a tree with twine is unknown. We validate that Dave Gale is the person in the photo; he received it and read the entire book.

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We Live Missions

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Brian and Mindy Hargett, national XA Expeditions Directors, introduced the acronym (THUMB) to identify Tribal, Hindu, Unreligious/ University, Muslim, Buddhist peoples groups who need our intercessory prayer and to hear the good news. Check out this missions article https://news.ag.org/en/News/A-New-Mission-Trip-Model by Beth Hall Davis, October 4, 2021, that introduces Chi Alpha’s Virtual Missions Tours.

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Incredible Potential of College Students

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We don’t have to look far to see the incredible potential of college students. Even though only one percent of the world’s population are collegians, what a powerful one percent they are. This small sliver of humanity is, and will be, the leader of every facet of society. Each country sends their best and brightest to the university for education and training. Focusing our evangelistic and multiplication efforts on this one percent is a very strategic way to expand the Kingdom of God and fulfill the Great Commission. Almost one fourth of the world’s college students reside in North America and they represent the most reachable, recruitable, trainable, and sendable category of persons on the planet. Steve Shadrach, Student Mobilization https://www.stumo.org

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XAatUVA.com

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XA at The University of Virginia (xaatuva.com) has a drove of campus ministry resources on their website. They include a resource library with twelve XA essentials and articles on the three anchors of XA: real devotional life, real community, and responsibility; and core group studies for small group meetings; and devotional studies for personal spiritual development, and if that is not enough to last you during your campus experience, check out the audio archives of messages during the school year arranged  by the book, topic, speaker, and date, and these audio messages include the fall and winter retreats. 

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Going to College

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Going to College: Stories, Strategies, & Scriptures Before You Go by Michelle Saladino is a great tool for high school juniors and seniors looking to make the transition to college. This booklet can be used by youth pastors, parents, mentors, or counselors as a seven-week study leading up to graduation. The topics covered are salvation, the gospel, spiritual warfare, community, mission, discernment, and embracing God’s will for our lives.

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Glen and Paula Davis

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Check out GlenandPaula.com. Glen writes “Things Glen found interesting.” and has already written more than 300 interesting installments. Glen and Paula Davis have served as campus missionaries at Stanford University since 2002.    Every Friday Glen shares articles, resources about broad cultural, societal, and theological issues. He wants to make sure you see his explanations and disclaimers at the bottom of his post. He also welcomes suggestions, and if you read something fascinating please pass it along. Glen also keeps a cache of quotes and continues to add quotes, and catalogue them. He has 3,169 of them.

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Interview with Alex Rodriguez

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EP 053 – Finding, Feeding, And Fighting For Our Students – Alex Rodriguez – Campus Ministry Leadership Podcast The Campus Ministry Leadership Podcast originated with Lennon Noland, former North Texas Chi Alpha Director, and Andrew Youngblood campus minister, Texas Christian University. Krystopher Scroggins, campus minister at San Angelo State University has joined up with Andrew to do the podcasts. Check out the 124 archived podcasts of campus ministers from Chi Alpha and other campus organizations. Discipleship is at the core of what we do as campus ministers. What does it look like to find, feed, and fight for our students? Alex Rodriguez of NMSU Chi Alpha, joins us to discuss these simple and effective principles.  Campus Ministry Leadership Podcast by Lennon Noland and Andrew Youngblood with Alex Rodriguez.

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