Alumni in the Marketplace: Megan Parish

After graduating from Colorado State University and completing the CMIT program at Western Washington University, Megan answered the call to be sent into the marketplace. Megan moved to Denver where she and a group of friends continued to live life together on mission while living out early church and Chi Alpha principles in the marketplace. Megan loves her job as an operations coordinator for a footwear company and uses it as a place of mission. 

How did Chi Alpha impact your life?

I had not given my life to Christ when I first joined Chi Alpha. I have always believed in the Trinity since my Sunday mornings as a young child were spent in Mass, but I was apathetic towards faith for most of my teens.  I joined Chi Alpha, along with a close friend of mine, the first week of freshman year. I had an interest in Christianity, but mainly I just thought that Christian people were nice. So I kept coming around, and even joined a small group. The longer that I hung around these nice, Christian folk, the more I noticed that there was something different about how they interacted with others and each other.  They loved one another so well and so unselfishly, and I had never seen anything like it before. They were truly living out John 13:35, which says, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” At some point along the way, I realized that they exhibited this unselfish love because they were reflecting the character of Christ. That made me want to get to know Him more, inspired me to open up the Bible, and eventually fully give my life to Him. So, Chi Alpha was a key instrument that God used to finally get through to my heart.

What is your current occupation? What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I work as an operations coordinator for a performance footwear company. I love working in operations because you get to wear a lot of different hats. I manage our company’s central calendar and help keep the ship afloat by ensuring that deadlines are met and that nothing slips through the cracks. What this looks like on a day-to-day basis is attending meetings to record all action items, following up on them, and assisting projects as needed to help the team reach our goals. In short, lots of meetings and lots of spreadsheets!

How are you continuing to live on mission and be involved in discipleship? 

After wanting to follow a “life together” culture when leaving Chi Alpha and the CMIT program, I was invited to join a small group of alumni who decided that they wanted to continue to be on mission together. Basically, we committedly live the model that the early Christian community set in Acts 2:42-47 while still working full time in the marketplace. We deliberately reach out to our neighbors, coworkers, and community for Jesus while intentionally remaining in “life together community.” We hold one another accountable to this mission and partner with local church/organizational efforts to further the Kingdom of God. 

What advice/encouragement would you give other alumni who are trying to live on mission in the marketplace?

Being on mission in the marketplace may seem very overwhelming to us at times, but God does not get overwhelmed. He will move and use us no matter how we are feeling. Listen to the Holy Spirit, and He will give you opportunities to share the Gospel and speak into the lives of friends and coworkers. If you are abiding in the vine, you will exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, and people will take notice.


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