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Ron McManus: Leadership center launched (December 30, 2001)

Norman Arnesen: History's supreme event (December 23, 2001)

Dr. Everett Bartholf: Help for the holidays (December 16, 2001)

"Auntie" Anne Beiler: God has a plan (December 9, 2001)

Mary Inman: Raising seven sons for Christ (November 25, 2001)

Tony Hall: Feeding the hungry, one person at a time (Novemer 18, 2001)

John Maracle: A growing Native American Fellowship (November 11, 2001)

Al Peterson: Praying for national leaders (October 28, 2001)

Beverly LaHaye: The family is God's gift (October 21, 2001)

Terry Meeuwsen: Putting family first (October 14, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Changing the world, one student at a time (September 30, 2001)

Nate Cole: You are not alone (September 16, 2001)

George Cope: Training pastors, missionaries and evangelists (September 9, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: Breaking down the barriers (August 26, 2001)

John Kilpatrick: The blessings and challenges of revival (August 19, 2001)

Marie Colwill: A passion for evangelism (August 12, 2001)

Lottie Riekehof: The Joy of Signing (July 22, 2001)

John Castellani: Teen Challenge: The Jesus factor (July 15, 2001)

Mike and John Tompkins: Publishing newspapers and proclaiming the Good News (July 8, 2001)

Chuck Girard: Music, marriage and ministry (June 24, 2001)

Stanley Burgess: The value of a godly father (June 17, 2001)

Dennis Franck: Single Adult Ministries Agency (June 10, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: The work of the Holy Spirit (May 27, 2001)

Stephen Tourville: The changing church in America (May 20, 2001)

Margaret Columbia: Raising 17 children for Christ (May 13, 2001)

Donna Fahrenkopf: Wanted: a life change (April 29, 2001)

Sean Smith: Spiritual attacks on young people (April 22, 2001)

Josh McDowell: Is the Bible true? (April 15, 2001)

Joyce Meyer: Being a practical Christain (April 8, 2001)

Paul Drost: Multiplication (March 18, 2001)

Bill Bright: Fasting for 40 days (March 11, 2001)

Beth Grant: Women in ministry (February 25, 2001)

Alicia Chole: His people and His presence (February 18, 2001)

Cris Carter: Playing on God's team (January 28, 2001)

Randall K. O'Bannon: The value of life (January 21, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Secular colleges: a vital mission field (January 14, 2001)

Changing the world, one student at a time

(September 30, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor is director of Chi Alpha campus ministries for the Assemblies of God. He spoke recently with Kirk Noonan, associate editor, about American college students and what the Fellowship is doing to reach them.

Evangel: Why is Chi Alpha needed?

Gaylor: There is major competition for souls on America’s campuses. We have found that reaching students during the first semester of their freshman year is crucial. Beer and credit card companies, fraternities and a host of others are waiting for students the second they step onto campus. Because so many life-determining decisions are made in college, we work hard to show students that their relationship with the Lord is extremely important and will help them in all aspects of their college career and throughout their lives.

Evangel: What do you say to a person who wants to minister to college students, but feels intimidated?

Gaylor: Forget the intimidation and go for it. College students want to be loved, valued and cared for. It’s amazing how much of an impact believers can have when they reach out to college students. College students are more accepting than many think.

Evangel: Many people think that most college kids just want to party.

Gaylor: It might appear that way based on media reports. But I don’t think they are as out of control as some would lead us to believe. Some students do fall into the traps of alcohol, drugs and sex. But Chi Alpha exists to help students avoid those temptations. Even though there are a lot of things vying for students’ attention, the impact of authentic, loving and caring Christians can be profound.

Evangel: What are some things our readers need to know about college students?

Gaylor: There are thousands of students who desire a powerful spiritual experience and they are open to hearing the message of Christ – they just need someone to share it with them. I have also seen that students can add a vitality, richness and excitement to church congregations if they are allowed to contribute and give of their resources and time.

Evangel: What sets Chi Alpha apart from other campus ministries?

Gaylor: The uniqueness of Chi Alpha is our understanding of the work and power of the Holy Spirit. That is reflected in many aspects of our ministry – from worship to the way we live our lives. The supernatural working of the Holy Spirit is a vital element of Chi Alpha and we have found that that aspect speaks to today’s student who wants to experience God firsthand in a mighty and powerful way.

Evangel: When does the discipleship process begin in Chi Alpha?

Gaylor: Throughout the school year we talk of values and principles. Over the course of time, changes in behavior in the students we minister to begin to occur. Our discipleship style also works well because it’s done in the context of relationships. But, ultimately, we trust the Holy Spirit to bring about internal changes that are eventually reflected in external actions.

Evangel: What do you say to a non-believer who might be interested in Chi Alpha?

Gaylor: Jesus Christ will change your life for the better. I think it would be a wise student who checks out a campus Christian organization and seriously considers the claims of Jesus Christ.

Evangel: Anything else?

Gaylor: If we can change a student, we can change the world.

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