ABOUT GREEK LIFE
What does it mean to be Greek & Christian?
As a Christian, there will be many identities that you embrace that will intersect with the primary identity as a follower of Christ. Some of these identities will be more readily visible from the outside and come with demands that seek to lay greater claim on your core identity than they ought. It's quite true that for many, the Greek identity that comes with the lifestyle of being in a fraternity or sorority can be so overpowering that it can seek to be the primary identity. However, the same could be said for many roles and identities that will come and go post-college: parent, fan, coach, just about anything! To be Greek and Christian means to live at that narrow intersection during those four-odd years while you are involved, and to live to the fullest in that place: to be fully Greek and fully Christian. We believe that through Christ such an existence is not only possible, but life-giving and powerful.
Is it really possible to be Greek AND Christian?
That's a fair question. Just as it's a fair question to ask if one can be a professional athlete, lawyer, or rock star while being a Christian. In life there are situations and environments that we voluntarily place ourselves in that pose significant risks to our walk with Christ. To the outside observer, it may seem as though the two identities cannot coexist. As Greek InterVarsity, we say with a resounding "Yes!" that it is indeed possible to be fully Greek and fully Christian. Our mission, vision, resources, conferences and chapters all exist to help students who are living at the intersection of Greek & Christian - a place we believe that it's possible to not only survive but thrive.
What is Greek InterVarsity?
Greek InterVarsity is a strategic ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. It exists to reach a unique and influential demographic of the campus and to equip them with teaching, training and resources to become leaders on campus and world changers in their lives after graduation.
What is the purpose of Greek InterVarsity?
The purpose of Greek IV is to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to fraternities and sororities across the country, building witnessing communities in Greek systems and small group Bible studies in Greek chapters.
What is the vision of Greek InterVarsity?
The vision of Greek IV is to see the lives of fraternity and sorority members transformed, the Greek systems on their campuses renewed, and to develop leaders who will go on to change the world for the sake of the God's Kingdom.
What does Greek InterVarsity do on campus?
Greek InterVarsity often seeks to become part of what’s already taking place on campus but also helps to initiate new, universally beneficial aspects to Greek systems across the country. These initiatives include campus panels on relevant issues like servant leadership, substance use and partying, sexual assault, and issues involving race and diversity. Greek InterVarsity also trains students to lead Bible studies in their fraternity and sorority chapters. On many campuses, Greek InterVarsity provides a weekly gathering for students from all Greek chapters and councils to come together for worship, fellowship and teaching.
Where can I find a Greek InterVarsity group near me?
Greek InterVarsity currently has chapters on over 90 campuses across the country with more being added each year. With this many chapters, chances are if Greek IV is not on your campus already, there's a campus nearby to connect with. See the full listing of Greek IV campuses here. Even with presences on many campuses already, there are still many campuses without a Greek IV chapter. If you are interested in bringing Greek InterVarsity to your campus, let us know!
When was Greek InterVarsity founded?
Greek InterVarsity was founded in 1991- the same year that Terminator 2 came out and Nirvana became a hit band.
How was Greek InterVarsity founded?
The story of Greek InterVarsity began with the prayers of a faithful couple on staff with InterVarsity. They began walking around Greek Row on a Midwest college campus, praying intentionally for fraternity and sorority students.
What kind of national attention has Greek InterVarsity received?
Throughout the years, Greek InterVarsity has appeared in both Time Magazine in 2005, and in the New York Times in 2011.