Good Question. Actually, you could say it is two good questions in one.
First of all, you may already have a bunch of fraternities on your campus. So if a Christian wants to experience "Greek life," why not go with one of these existing organizations? They do lots of community service, too.
The most obvious distinction that sets us apart from many other fraternities -- although many of them are now following our lead -- is that we are and always will be a dry fraternity. Far more important, however, is the unique bond of brotherhood we claim. Our shared faith in Christ gives us a common purpose. We are not getting together to serve selfish aims, to self-promote and network for future job opportunities, to pad our resumés, or to engage in the hedonistic pleasures that some use to define "college life." We are bound together instead by a mission, to influence the life and leadership of the Church and the world. The people around us in college today are the people who will lead the world tomorrow. Our purposes extend beyond ourselves.
Secondly, with Campus Crusade, Navigators, InterVarsity, local churches, and a host of other "student ministries" potentially on your campus to serve the spiritual needs of Christian students, why do you need one more that's organized as a fraternity? What could a chapter of Sigma Theta Epsilon bring to the mix, that your campus cannot afford to be without?
Certainly the aforementioned Christian ministries may offer great opportunities to your campus and community, and all of our members are encouraged to take advantage and be active with them. A Christian Fraternity, however, can offer you things that no other campus ministry can, and it all starts with brotherhood.
Christian brotherhood, the bonding of men with Christ as the glue, is something that cannot be matched outside this fraternity. It offers a chance for a group of Christian men, sharing the same struggles and facing the same odds, to come together with a level of fellowship and accountability unequaled elsewhere. A brotherhood where everyone is a believer creates a unique foundation, focused on building its members up, so that they are better equipped in their own personal ministries. Thus, Sigma Theta Epsilon provides its members with an invaluable training ground, developing leaders worth following wherever God takes them in life.
Within this unique brotherhood, our ministry is divided into three parts: service, religious, and social. Our brothers seek to serve as Christ taught by example. We have religious ceremonies where brothers encourage each other. Finally, our parties and other events provide social opportunities the Christian community can embrace, at the same time showing non-Christians how to truly have a good time.
Are you ready to make a lasting impact on your college campus? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Let us know!
Psalm 133 (NIV), A song of ascents. Of David.
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
John 13:34-35 (NIV)
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."