Stemming from our own experiences, and by witnessing experiences of others, a small team of students saw a great need for incoming TCU students. Upon entering college, over 50% of freshmen who have previously been involved in church and youth groups in high school, fall away from their faith and lose their identity in Christ. The overwhelming source of the problem: finding fellow believers to live life with on campus. Our team of students saw a need for TCU first-year students to come together in godly community immediately after stepping onto campus. Exodus hopes to turn the tide of incoming students losing their faith in college by surrounding them with godly community and mentorship in the form of prospective counselors. The idea for Exodus stemmed from a desire to unite first-year students into the current body of Christ at TCU. Many incoming students spend their first year of college searching for their identity, and our hope is that through this camp, they will get a head start on seeking their identity as a follower of Jesus Christ.
WHERE DID THE NAME EXODUS ORIGINATE FROM?
Biblically, the Exodus refers to the Israelite’s journey out of Egypt that was led by Moses. This was a time of uncertainty about the future, but also a time where trusting God’s sovereignty was critical. Similarly, freshman year can be overwhelming, and a reliance on God is crucial. The word “Exodus” specifically means to go out and this is what we desire as a camp: to encourage spiritual growth in incoming students, and instill confidence to go out within the community of TCU and lovingly further His kingdom.
THE PURPOSE OF EXODUS:
The Purpose of Exodus is to provide a three day retreat offering a time of spiritual growth to incoming students through providing an atmosphere for them to connect and build God-glorifying relationships, uniting them in the body of Christ, and allowing them to see God’s influence at Texas Christian University.
Exodus seeks to wholeheartedly glorify the Lord by serving incoming TCU students as they join the body of Christ at Texas Christian University through encouraging spiritual growth, community, and discipleship.
Exodus will ensure that students become acclimated with a local church. We will provide the students with a mentor, whom they can seek for spiritual advice. We will strive for an increase in campus support and attendance of incoming students each year.
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
2 Corinthians 3:18