Chi Alpha Leadership Retreat
Over Memorial Day weekend, eight student leaders, five staff leaders along with Glenâ€™s family (the Chi Alpha leader at Stanford) and the Kertson family headed to the mountains for Chi Alphaâ€™s first ever leadership retreat. We had two houses that were donated to us in Twain Harte located in the Western Sierras. The two families slept in one cabin and the college kids slept in the other, which was a wise decision since college kids stay up all night and sleep all morning.
Because of the retreatâ€™s great success I believe this will be an annual event from now on. We had a good mix of worship and prayer, teachings on leadership, brainstorming for the next year of ministry and having fun together over hikes, swimming, games and food.
Kendra and the girls had tons of fun hanging out with Glenâ€™s wife and their two children, helping prepare meals for everyone, and joining us during our fun times. I had the opportunity to lead two different teachings on leadership including â€œThe Courage to Persevere in Leadershipâ€ and â€œServing International Students.â€ I also had the privilege of leading worship each day and I loved spending time getting to know each of our student leaders a little bit better.
There were two things that I was most impressed with reflecting on the weekend. The first was simply how truly brilliant and talented the student leaders are. They had great insights into how Chi Alpha could be reaching their campus better for Christ. Best of all, they had these insights out of a deep passion for Christ and a desire to see other people come to know his saving power. It was exciting to worship with them, hear their hearts for the campus and witness their love for one another during a special affirmation time at the end of the weekend. This time ended up lasting over 3 hours, which just confirmed to me the great character of each student.
The second thing that impressed me was simply a renewed sense that God has us exactly where he wants us. I love ministering to the next generation and feel so privileged to be working with such a strategic and gifted group of students at such a time as this. It helped me to gain an even greater passion for reaching the university for Christ and excitement for whichever university God calls us to long term. Thank you so much for partnering with us in this strategic and effective ministry of reaching and equipping the next generation of leaders.