Disclaimer: Again, this is real talk.
#1 Membership should come with a “warning label.”
Put your war clothes on! Shod your feet with the preparation of peace and make sure you have the sword of the spirit and the shield of faith. One of our sorors, was the first person I heard say, “Delta Psi Epsilon should come with a warning label.” When you make the decision to become a member of this anointed ministry, the enemy will attack. That is an inevitability. It is confirmation that what you are doing is for the Lord and according to the purpose of God. Do not let this dissuade you. It will make you stronger and it will increase your faith because you will know that you can indeed withstand with the help of the Lord.
I believe the reason that this is allowed is so that you will gain total dependence on God. It causes you to come outside of yourself and not look at what you can do, so that God will get the glory. You must know that there are no problems greater than our God is mighty! He will perform in your life.
#2 Membership intake is work!
People falsely assume because this is a Christian sorority, that it means we have to accept everyone. They assume that the same “rules” that apply to church apply to this sorority. Delta Psi Epsilon is not really a Christian sorority as much as it is a sorority of women that are Christians. Therefore, the membership intake process is much like that of any sorority, but the expectations are greater because we represent Christ.
There is ABSOLUTELY NO hazing in Delta Psi Epsilon. You will never been made to feel small or humiliated or asked to do something that is not becoming a Christian woman. That would not teach you anything or benefit you in any way. You will be shown the love of God through every part of the process.
The process is spiritual work. You will unearth things in your spirit that you did not know were there and you will have the opportunity with the hand of the Holy Spirit to prune those things and to get those things out of your life so that you can be equipped for better service.
The process is mental work. You will be asked to learn things and your memory will be stretched and pull in the areas of scripture and sorority information. This is information you will need to call upon instantly as you serve within Delta Psi Epsilon.
About one-third of our members are in other national sororities and many of them have touted our process as being “serious”.
#3 Being a member is MORE work than membership intake.
After people cross and become members of Delta Psi Epsilon, they often say, “WOW. This is more work than joining the organization. But it is very rewarding. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Be prepared to grow and be stretched in more ways than you imagined. God has given us so much. We have a massive purpose. In understanding who we are, we know that a great deal is expected of us. Therefore, we have to “show up” and be present in the work that God has laid before us. When I say it is “more work”, I don’t want you to think I mean the works of the flesh or getting caught up in what we can do in our own strength. But I mean that God give us so more opportunities to serve, because He has found us faithful and has seen that we can handle it. So He continues to provide opportunities where we can fit into His purpose and plan.
#4 Great rewards are in store.
If you talk to members of Delta Psi Epsilon, they will go on and on about how God has blessed them through this many. So many find their purpose and those that know their purpose find so many ways to enrich their gifts and talents. Although the purpose of membership is not about what we can gain as women. Our purpose is directed without and not within. However, members find that they gain a closer walk with God, they have the support and encouragement of their sisters and they have the prayers of praying women across the nation. Members find that they become accountable.
On a personal note, Delta Psi Epsilon was the impetus for staying close to God and to live a holy life. Because of the responsibility that God gave to me—a person that is unqualified to lead in ministry—I knew I had to live a life that pleased Him when no one was looking. I was raised in a Christian home, but like many of us I wanted to do and go my own way. But God in His infinite wisdom, chose me to lead women when I was in darkness myself. Over the last 12 years, the Holy Spirit has done the work in my heart and God has become the reason that I walk with Him. God and God alone. I have Delta Psi Epsilon to thank for opening that door for me.
#5 You are in for life.
Delta Psi Epsilon becomes a way of life. We call it the Delta Psi Epsilon way. It becomes a part of your life and your family. Most of our husbands and children also support the ministry and use it as an outlet to please God. Because membership is a lifetime commitment, it becomes apart of what you do in your life for God and should not be compartmentalized or relegated to a “back burner.” God and family always come first and foremost. But just as they interweave through other areas of your life, so does the sorority. It becomes a part of you and a part of your identity. Embrace that, because it is purposed by God. When you become a member, you make a lifetime commitment to serve. You will always be a CU, (as we say) “wherever you go, and in all that you do and say.”
You can make a different decision and choose an easier route. But, please understand this ministry walks in the favor of God. Be careful about passing that by. Join an anointed ministry that has been confirmed by God.