The name sounds Greek. Is Chi Alpha a fraternity or sorority?
No, Chi Alpha is a coed, Christian community with over 300 chapters on universities around the world. The greek letters are from 2 Corinthians 5:20, where Paul writes, "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God."
We believe that God longs to have each and every person be reconciled to Himself, and that the way that re-connection happens is through the representation of his people. Each of us who takes on the identity of “Christian” becomes Christ’s ambassador – or christou apostoloi in Greek. The first letters of each word are “Chi” and “Alpha” or XA. Our name is our constant reminder that each of us has a real part to play in this world. Jesus is at the center of our community and we are given the privilege to represent Him to others.
I notice Chi Alpha does not host a worship service. Isn't it a church?
Chi Alpha is a Christian community of college students at WMU, but it is not a church. Some students have refered to Chi Alpha WMU as "church on steroids" due to the deep community they experience in core groups and the bonding that occurs on road trips. Others say Chi Alpha WMU doesn't resemble their church at all.
It won't take long to realize there are some elements of church missing in Chi Alpha. There are no old people sitting in pews, children running around, adorable babies to hold, etc. Thus, we encourage Chi Alpha students to also attend a local church to experience the sense of family a multi-generational community has to offer. Besides, one day you will graduate and will leave Chi Alpha. Those who attend church during college have an easier time transitioning into a church community after graduation.
Do I have to be a member of a particular denomination to join Chi Alpha?
No. Chi Alpha is sponsored by the Assemblies of God. That means the AG provides each local campus with support, resources, and connectivity to a larger worldwide movement. The sponsorship by the Assemblies of God does not mean that you have to have a history with the AG. You don’t have to have any particular denominational connection to be welcomed in Chi Alpha. Many students involved in Chi Alpha WMU come from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.