Many people seem puzzled by what it is that we do. This is a very brief introduction to the wonderful world of campus ministry.
Paula and I work with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at Stanford University (check out our group website). Chi Alpha is a missions program of the Assemblies of God targeting colleges and universities across America.
You might be wondering why the Assemblies of God sends missionaries to college campuses–read our explanation of campuses as mission fields.
So what do you do?
We strive to build an on-campus community of students who are earnestly following Jesus. We do that by leading midweek worship services in the middle of campus, by sponsoring Bible studies in the dorms, and by conducting various outreaches.
How to make contributions to our ministry, whether you want to give online or send it in the mail.
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When they left to tell others about the Lord, they decided not to accept help from anyone who wasn’t a follower. We must support people like them, so that we can take part in what they are doing to spread the truth. 3 John 7-8, CEV
We’d love to have you join our partnership team! If you any questions about why we raise funds this way, check out our answers to common questions about support-raising and our essay on the Biblical basis for financially supporting missionaries.
1) Decide on the amount you would like to give ($50, $75 or $100 a month is typical) and whether you plan to give monthly, yearly, or at some other
rate. If you’re interested in making a special gift, you can do that as well!
2) Print and fill out this form (small PDF, around 100k).
3) Give online or make a check out to the General Council of the Assemblies of God, and write Account #2650299 in the memo field of your check. If you’d like, you can easily set up your pledge as a monthly credit card transaction (the form is a little confusing: leave any fields you don’t understand blank except ledger–write 2650299 in that column).
4) Mail your check to
1445 N Boonville Ave
Springfield, MO 65802
That account number is very important! Without it, it will be much harder
for them to process your information. Thank you very much, and please
don’t forget to pray for us!
are in a real struggle for eternal souls, and you are living on the most
fertile mission field in the world; the college campus. I vividly remember
these words from Glens sermon. They often echo in my heart as the homework
piles and the semester drones on. This is just one of the many perspectives
I have learned from Glen and Paula.
I came to SMS as a sophomore, transferring from a school
out of state without knowing a single person. In desperation I tried to
plug into a ministry and found myself drawn to Chi Alpha because the
group was passionate, personal, and genuine. Later I found the group
was a reflection of the leadership.
Glen and Paula practice what they preach. Their faithfulness
to Jesus Christ and this college ministry has made Chi Alpha successful
in my life, and in the lives of many other students as well. Their passion
is contagious. Maybe even more importantly, Glen and Paula believe in
me, a university student. They saw potential in me that I could not see
in myself and diligently cultivated it. They are so approachable and willing
to sacrifice time to pour their lives into students like me. Their time,
prayers, and encouragement have changed the course of my college career
Why campus ministry is so necessary.
College can be a dangerous place for a Christian’s faith!
To begin with, 2 out of every 3 teenagers involved with a youth group already plan to leave the church once theyre on their own (i.e., in college). One out of every 8 bails on the church before they even set foot on the college campus (Leonard Sweet, SoulTsunami page 47).
Even leaving that disturbing fact aside, college isn’t too kind to the faith of students.
Quotes from Pascarella and Terenzini: How College Affects
Students: Findings and Insights From Twenty Years of Research
“the literature published since 1967 fairly consistently reports significant declines in religious attitudes, values, and behaviors during the college years.” p 280-281
“The likelihood of changing to no religious
preference was also highest at so-called elite institutions.” p 303
“In probably the strongest studies on this point, Astin (1972b, 1977a) found (net of other personal and background factors) significantly greater than expected decreases in conventional religious affiliation and in religiousness (that is, praying and reading the Bible) among students attending selective or prestigious schools.”
But there is hope: in the same volume, the authors state:
“Only a handful of studies examine
the long-term effects of college on religious attitudes and values,
but with one exception, they indicate that changes in this area occur
during but apparently not after the college years.” p 323
In other words, college is our last chance to reach a generation! That’s why there must be campus ministry at secular colleges and universities!
How can I begin to describe how Chi Alpha has literally changed my world,
turned it upside down, made me a new person! When I came to college my
heart was aching and ready to encounter Jesus Christ, although I didnt
know it. When I first came to Thursday night fellowship, I was uncomfortable
and a bit taken aback by the atmosphere. But soon God displayed His incredibly
amazing love through all of the people involved at Chi Alpha. I joined
a small group, and in November of my freshman year, after TNF one night,
I gave my life to Christ. I began an amazing journey into life
with Him. Through Chi Alpha here at SMS I have met two of the most gracious,
loving, and influential people in my life, Glen and Paula Davis. Starting
my sophomore year I was just fine, but during the Christmas break I experienced
an enormously confusing, depressing, and life-changing stage in my Christian
walk. I began questioning almost everything I could make up a question
for. During this time Glen began doing his Bowling Alley Theologian
thing, and I started coming to talk to him about my questions. I found
that he has abounding wisdom from God, and uses that wisdom to share Gods
love in a practical way. I discovered that he was able to explain things
in ways that I could understand, ways that no one else could. And he cared
deeply about me and my life. Because of Glens help, I gradually made
my way back to a healthy life of love for Jesus. Last semester I also
began to talk to Glens wife, Paula, about other issues I could not talk
to Glen about because he suggested she could help me. I am now in my junior
year, and Paula and I have become very close friends too. She has shown
me so much love and appreciation that whenever I need or desire comfort
and care, I can just seek this awesome couple out and they let me know
how much Jesus loves me. They drive me to church every Sunday, take me
out to lunch to talk with me about my life on a regular basis, and inspire
me to love people more. I cannot thank God enough for planting Chi Alpha
here at SMS and for placing Glen and Paula here at this time to minister
to me and the other needy students on campus.
P.S. Nicholette has her own blog!
We are busy refining our plan for our first few quarters at Stanford.
Please pray that God would show us His strategy for the campus!
We are confident that God is preparing the campus for us even while
He prepares us for the campus. Please pray for our future small
group leaders, worship leaders, and the other students God is working
We need to finish raising our budget to be able to start on campus in the Fall Quarter. Pray that God would connect us with the partners He’s already raised up!
This first time I heard Glen speak was in the fall of 2000. Glens message was about attaining a desire for wisdom. His message began with a memorable story about he and a roommate accidentally lit his carpet on fire. This usually happens when flammable liquids and aerosols are sprayed on the carpets. This thought was foreign to Glens roommate before he struck the match.
As Glen told his story, every post-teenage boy in the room, that had ever taken a match to aerosol can, played WWF in the backyard, or licked a pole in winter, sat with and attitude of understanding and agreement. This was really a funny story, but the importance was stressed later. Proverb 1:7, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Glen has understood the value of wisdom and has been encouraged to desire Gods wise instruction. This was evident to me, that Thursday night a year and half ago, when I heard his message.
I spent the next month outlining Solomons teachings and instructions laid out for his sons. I can say, because of my relation to Glen through his message, I was encouraged to learn the Fear of God. Since then I have learned about obedience, a right behavior, patience, humility, diligence, and above all love.