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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Ministry on the Secular Campus

By Ken Horn
Sept. 26, 2010

I spent only two years in a secular college before going off to a Christian college and then seminary to train for the ministry. But those two years have been augmented by a lot of time since then spent on major campuses such as the University of California in Berkeley. Much of that time has been spent in ministry. My last two pastorates were in university towns.

I have been in that environment enough to know that secular and Christian campuses are two completely different worlds. And the secular campus desperately needs the salt and light provided by Christian students and workers.

That is where Chi Alpha Campus Ministries has excelled. And that is why we feel honored to give you a closer look at Chi Alpha in this week’s Evangel.

In preparation for this edition, our staff spent extensive time with Chi Alpha members, staff and leaders at conferences and in personal meetings.

I came away from these meetings exhilarated by their passion, impressed by their anointing, and encouraged for the future of Christian ministry on the campuses of secular colleges and universities.

I was also struck by the freshness and creativity of these young campus missionaries. God is getting a grip on America’s campuses by gripping the hearts and lives of students and graduates. Many Chi Alpha participants don’t realize that continuing ministry in Chi Alpha will be their future.

An honest look at our campuses shows many students enter college away from God. Some are backslidden believers; others have never made a profession of faith in Christ. God uses Christians to see these lives transformed spiritually. Ultimately many of them are called to serve with Chi Alpha. Most leave their schools with a commitment to live for Christ in their future profession.

Chi Alpha does a superb job of training leaders. Because of this, Chi Alpha Christians are reproducing themselves exponentially. Each new or reawakened Christian on campus accelerates and spreads the move of God.

As you read this issue, I believe your hope for America’s campuses will grow.

Ken Horn

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