There is so much fighting for your attention when you enter the university. Whether you’re here for two years or ten, you will leave with a variety of experiences, academic achievements, community, and values. We hope and pray that you will take some time from it all to check out Chi Alpha and hear of the love, hope, and peace to be found in truly knowing and being known by Jesus Christ. Our “Mission” is to be a voice that will communicate this to YOU, in word and deed, before your time in college is up!
Our vision is to reconcile Boston College students to Christ, and build a strong foundation for a lifelong relationship with Him.
About Chi Alpha's
In the bible, the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:20
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.
Our movement of campus ministries finds its identity in this passage. 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 – which we shorten to the first letters “Chi” and “Alpha” or XA. Our name is our constant reminder that each of us has a real part to play in this world. We each can carry Him within us to bring Him closer to the people around us.
Commitment to Christ
In Chi Alpha, we want students to have a vibrant, personal, and lasting relationship with Christ first and foremost! We want them to understand this phrase, “The Gospel,” and let it change them from the inside out. Everything we do is geared to help foster that understanding and connection above all else.
Commitment to Community
We were not meant to do the ups and downs of life alone. In Chi Alpha, we believe a community is more than doing fun things with others. The Bible gives us the greatest example of community in Acts 2:42. From these scriptures, we learn community is a lifestyle. It’s being with people in their joy and suffering. It’s learning to be real, vulnerable, ask for help, be teachable, humble, generous, and learning to trust people. Community is a high priority for us. Moreover, we know our students will make the best friends of their life here.
Commitment to Diversity
We are committed to being a diverse community of the Spirit because the Bible teaches that Christ died for all, every human is made in the image of God, and that heaven will be filled with people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. We desire to see the walls of hostility that our broken world has created between different ethnicities, social and economic classes, torn down by the love and power of Christ. We build bridges and establish relationships because Christ did. Individually and collectively we critically examine and challenge our biases and assumptions as we think, lead, create, and reach out daily.
Commitment to Wholeness
We have all felt the effects of sin and darkness in our world and we need a time and a safe place to allow Christ to heal us from wounds, addictions, and false God-concepts. One of the most pivotal elements of sanctification is developing and solidifying our identity in Christ. We are excited to come alongside students in their journey of healing whether it is emotional, spiritual, or physical. We want to see God set them free and send them out of BC a more whole, self-aware, responsible, and healthy person than when they came. We mentor, we have small groups, we retreat, and we pray a lot. These are just a few avenues we practice soul care in.
Commitment to Empowerment
When Jesus walked the earth he did mighty miracles and healings. He walked with authority and power and said his followers would do the same and even greater things than Him! We are thankful for God’s Spirit on earth, the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to reach the lost world. Therefore, we refuse to do it in our own strength; we need the supernatural power of God to work in and through us to reach others. We are committed to asking God for more of His power to do so and believing that the supernatural is natural for followers of Christ.
Commitment to Mission
Our commitment to missions and sharing the truth of Christ's love and sacrifice for all is paramount at Chi Alpha. We spend the entire school year, week in and week out, making it our goal to be loving representatives of Christ and share the Gospel wherever we go.
Commitment to Longevity
We believe that if students have the spiritual highlights of their life with us, we have failed. We are committed to preparing our students for a lifetime of spiritual health and success, and desire to have the best Chi Alpha alumni group out there.