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Multnomah's Exodus Team Embarks On Its Journey This Fall

8/25/2006

Multnomah Bible College welcomes its newest ministry team, Exodus. Directed by 2006 graduate, Daniel Congdon, Exodus exists to relationally encounter and equip the next generation of the church. "My hope," Congdon said, "is that this team can help youth actively seek out a biblical understanding of faith, identity, and the arts." Apart from having to form relationships with youths, he also wants the team to build healthy partnerships with youth pastors, parents, artists, faculty, and Multnomah's student body. As the newest ministry launched out of the Music Ministry Department, Congdon expects the team's first semester will be spent establishing its vision and framework. The spring semester will be the official starting point of the ministry.

According to Congdon, being part of the team will involve meeting with youth leadership teams to understand current issues, develop artwork and ministry resources that can be utilized by youth staff, and going to local youth groups and youth events to facilitate discussion and participation through music, drama, and other creative avenues.

"Above all, it is my heart's desire that through Exodus, both our students and the youth we interact with are able to better understand who they are in Christ, in His church, and in the world," Congdon said. "The arts are an amazing tool towards that end and already play a major role in how we understand these issues, but the arts remain only a tool and expression of what really matters-Christ and His kingdom."

The fall semester will begin with the forming of the Exodus team. The team needs musicians, dancers, film makers, dramatists, and painters who want to integrate theology with the arts. Students who are interested will have to have completed at least 30 credits of college academic study to be eligible to join the group.

Congdon has spent several years as a youth worship leader and an assistant worship pastor. "Studying at Multnomah was crucial for me as I began to connect the truth of God's Word with the reality of culture and my faith. This led me to my current desire to teach theology through worship and the arts," Congdon said. "My hope, as the director of Exodus, is to explore these issues more in depth by challenging Multnomah artists to think more theologically, relationally, and honestly. Through this, I am convinced there is a renewed means of communicating the gospel to our world."

Students or organizations interested in this ministry can contact Daniel for an appointment at 503.251.5390 or dcongdon@multnomah.edu