Just For Parents


Here are some of the most common questions parents have about Chi Alpha.

I would like to check things out. How can I do that?

You are always welcome at any of our events and you are also welcome to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a pastor.

In addition, Chi Alpha usually hosts an informal reception during Family Weekend so be sure to ask your child about that.

Is Chi Alpha the university church?

No. There is a university-sponsored church on campus led by Stanford’s Deans for Religious Life. We are not them. Chi Alpha is a voluntary student organization (a VSO, in Stanford parlance) registered with Student Activities and Leadership (SAL). We are allowed to exist by the university, but they do not endorse our theology. Glen, our pastor, is not a university employee.

Is Chi Alpha part of a denomination?

Chi Alpha is sponsored by the Assemblies of God. According to the statistics at the Association of Religion Data Archives, it is the fourth-largest Protestant denomination in the United States after the Southern Baptist, United Methodist, and Evangelical Lutheran churches. There is likely an Assemblies of God church in your community that you didn’t realize was part of the Assemblies of God – our churches often do not have “Assembly of God” in their name.

It sounds like Chi Alpha has a lot of activities. Is this going to hurt my child’s grades?

One of the things we teach is that we honor God by doing our best, and that our academics are an expression of worship. This has born great fruit. In fact, one year 10% of the Stanford students who won national awards (such as a Rhodes scholarship) were involved in Chi Alpha. The percentage is usually not that high, but that’s the sort of mentality we try to cultivate.

Is this group going to cost me or my child money?

Chi Alpha has no dues or fees. In order to comply with university policy we do not receive offerings, but we do encourage students to be generous to off-campus charitable causes.

For some events (retreats, for example) we charge enough to cover our costs. These events are never mandatory, and we make financial assistance available for students who need it.

How is this group funded?

The ministry is funded by a team of churches and individuals who believe in our mission.