District Leaders

District Chi Alpha Leaders

Leading your district has many challenges but so many rewards. It is in this role one begins to lead leaders and not just emerging student leaders. Unlike a local ministry, leading a district is a slower process and many times and outside our previous scope of training. On this page you will find some insight to build a pioneering strategy which overlaps into other areas of your role.

Where to Pioneer Next?

Step by step for Approving a Pioneer (same as approving a director)

Online Application for a potential Director.

Online Application for a potential volunteer leader.

How to Host a Pioneering Boot Camp.

Here one will find an overview of the Campus Pioneering Designations, Pioneer/Director Approval Process & How to Host a Pioneering Boot Camp.

Where to pioneer next?

Pioneering Campus Designation Process

What is the current development of Chi Alpha in your state? Do you have a Chi Alpha ministry with a CMIT program? Does your state have a long running ministry that “defines” what a healthy XA program looks like for pastors?
We have identified three phases of developing a district Chi Alpha program:

Phase 1:   Developing a “Key” Campus

Focusing on an “early win” that will define in the minds of pastors and others leaders of what a healthy XA program is. Planting on a campus that has fewer obstacles to building a dynamic ministry is crucial for an early win. Not all campuses give us the same chance for defining success and developing more XA leaders. What type of campus offers this? Across the US these campuses have been 4-year state schools under 20,000 students with strong freshman living on campus and lower academic riggers.  We call these campuses “Key.” If you state has XA chapters but none of them host a CMIT program and the whose alumni enter the ministry vocationally, consider starting here.

Phase 2:    Building the Chi Alpha network on “Prime” Campuses

Every state has a “flagship” campus, whether it be the largest school or the one with famous athletic program, and it’s tempting to rush to this campus to plant a XA. It’s a great second target city but not first. Why? Generally it is harder to gain traction on these campuses. A small ministry  visibility is lost on a large campus or students are so engaged in campus life they aren’t needing the community XA will offer. These campus are prime for ministry but they generally but haven’t given us the defining chapter that everyone wants in their town. Some of our nations Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Elite/Ivy schools, and major state schools are considered Prime Campuses.

Phase 3:   Reach them all!

When a district that has prioritized “Key” and “Prime” campuses they will begin to see local churches, volunteers and missionaries wanting to plant on every “Open” campus. When a district is producing XA leaders through their own CMIT program, have multiple healthy XA chapters it will not be hard to see others wanting to join the student movement. These include the small private campuses and junior colleges.

The order in which we pioneer and target campuses is critical. As we’ve surveyed Chi Alpha’s strongest districts, we discovered they all had a “Key” campus that was the feeder program onto the rest of the campuses across their state. How does one identify if a campus “Key,”  “Prime,” or “Open?” It starts with Chi Alpha’s “correlation matrix” built around the similarities of campuses that are seeing dozens of students enter the CMIT each year.


The correlation matrix to helps determine how available students on a given campus may be.  A password is required, please contact austincomplex@gmail.com if you haven’t been given one. 

Open MOA website

For further reading on this topic, be sure to explore the following article.

Download Campus Designation Article

There is so much more than identifying the M.O.A. of a campus to determine if it is Key, Prime or Open. One must evaluate the “spiritual climate” of a given campus and community. In addition, is the community affordable for a team of planters? After gathering the M.O.A. for each unchartered campus, use the following tool to evaluate other factors that will help guide the prayerful process in identifying which should be your top priorities for poineering.

Campus Designation Form

The purpose of these tools is help district leadership identify campus priorities prior to an individual seeking approval to pursue pioneering a campus. This will help clarify who is qualified to pioneer a Key, Prime or Open campus prior to anyone being considered. This will also help guide the order of which campuses are promoted for recruitment. If you have any further questions, be sure to contact us to guide you in the process.

Director Approval Process

When the Lord brings a potential pioneer to your attention, much prayer and consideration are required when approving a leader to direct a local campus ministry. The flowchart gives an overview of the process.

director_pioneer-placement-flow-char1. Application (online application available here)

2. Reference Checks and Background Checks

3. Ridley Behavioral Assessment – (Contact Delyn Cole, Assessment Specialists at Delyncole@gmail.com to arrange an assessment.)

4. Interviews

5. Conditions of Approval from district Chi Alpha Committee (ongoing training that may be needed.)

 Download the Director Approval Process Manual that will walk a leader through each step of the process.

download Manual

Director Application

In the hiring process it is easy to flow through a relational approach to leadership and miss the necessary step of making the application process formal. By asking a potential director to complete the application, the process become clear and expresses the significance of the role and process. Use the link below to begin the formal process, the application asks for references to enable the next steps in the process.

online application available here

Volunteer Leader (Director) Application

Soçd like to lead or pioneer a chapter of Chi Alpha. The process should be similar to that of approving a Director who will serve as a full time missionary. Some of the process will have nuances as they may be a direct report to a senior pastor. For the sake of consistence and creating a formal process use the following application for such volunteers. It is identical to the Director Application but title is for “Volunteer Leader.”

Volunteer Leader Application

Hosting a Pioneering Boot Camp

Though we offer the Pioneering Boot Camp each year at RUI the timing may not meet the needs of those pioneering in your area or district. I am often able to travel to provide a boot camp in a more timely way. I will cover the travel to get to you and ask for $75/person (minimum of $300) for the two-day training. For further detail and information open, “How to Host a Pioneering Boot Camp.” Contact Paul Austin, National Pioneering Director at austincomplex@gmail.com or 208-241-6504 to schedule a Boot Camp.

Hosting a Pioneering Boot Camp