Exodus teams are unforgettable small group adventures combining discovery, friendship and mission.
Teams are open to any young person in Year 11+/Junior Cert and begin in mid-March with 8-12 weeks of team meetings, following a tailored small group course.
During the summer, each team will take part in a placement somewhere across Ireland, helping a community through practical work, kids clubs, sports, music and lots more!
Whether your goal is meeting new people, going deeper with God, or serving others, there is a team adventure waiting for you!
What happens in Team Meetings?
Exodus teams consist of 6 team members and 2 leaders who begin meeting weekly in mid-March.
Depending on restrictions meetings will occur online, outdoors or in a space in Exodus or a local church. Meetings last approximately 1.5-2 hours and usually occur in the evening.
Team meetings follow one of our four courses which combine opportunities for fun, friendship and discussion. Each course is tailored to a young person’s age and stage and provides team members with an opportunity to grow personally and spiritually.
The Four Courses
Ex-plore // Discovering the Christian Life // Age 15+
Ex-change // Going Deeper as a Disciple // Age 15+
Ex-press // Developing a Life of Ministry // Age 17+
Ex-tend // Becoming a Disciple Maker // Age 18+
How do summer placements work?
Exodus summer placements are adventurous opportunities for each team to serve a community across Ireland.
If COVID-19 restrictions are suitably lifted, most of these projects will begin with a 2-3 day launch experience where teams join together for a short retreat full of fun, preparation and challenge.
Teams then travel to their project which will involve kids clubs, practical work and opportunities to serve others. Projects will also allow team members to meet new people, explore a new location and grow both personally and spiritually.
Exodus is recruiting hosts for each summer project and aims to release information to each team by late April.
If Covid-19 restrictions prevent teams from travelling, Exodus intends to relocate summer projects to local areas that will allow team members to travel from home, whilst still experiencing the opportunity for adventure, service and growth.
Who leads the team?
Exodus teams each have a leader and at least one co-worker. These are generally volunteers although some teams are led by full-time Exodus staff members.
Team Leaders & Co-workers are vetted and attend 3 training events covering issues around managing a team, fundraising, finance, child protection and good practice on placement.
Leaders receive direct support from the Exodus full-time staff and additional support from volunteers.
How do I join a team?
Team information is released on the 12th February via the Exodus website. We recommend trying to find your top 3 teams to make it as likely as possible to find a place.
Pick out the location(s) for team meetings that you can attend.
Choose the small group course which best suits you.
Check that the meeting night and project dates suit you.
Click ‘apply’ and fill in the form by midnight on the 1st March (after that we will be accepting people and so some teams will close).
What about COVID 19?
Exodus is committed to providing opportunities for young people, however, we are acutely aware of our responsibility to keep young people safe. As a result, we plan in hope but prepare to adapt.
Leaders - Will be trained and supported in delivering safe environments in line with current restrictions and our protocols.
Team Meetings - Whilst in person meetings are our preference, we will continue to monitor government guidance and adapt accordingly. This may require team meetings to happen online, outdoors or following social distancing measures.
Group Size - this year will be smaller (Normally max 8) to enable easier distancing and reduce risk.
Residentials - Residentials are an important part of team preparation, however, restrictions related to Covid-19 may require them to be postponed, changed to ‘away days’ or cancelled altogether.
Summer Projects - Exodus is recruiting hosts across Ireland for summer projects in 2021 and hopes to release information to teams by the end of April. Exodus will communicate with hosts to ensure all activities during summer projects are in line with local restrictions. In the event where teams cannot travel, local opportunities will be provided for teams to serve during summer 2021.
Finances - Final payments will be requested later and not until after clarity is given for the summer placement. Should restrictions, illness or self-isolation restrict a team member participating they will be eligible for a refund for all but the £50 deposit which is used to pay for the Training & Materials for team meetings prior to the summer.
How can parents or guardians get involved?
We welcome parental encouragement, practical support and feedback in the team process.
We ask parents to complete a consent form and keep Exodus informed of any celebrations, concerns or changes to medical or contact details.
Exodus wants to see every young person reach their full potential. We take seriously the responsibilities we have and strive to work alongside parents and guardians to best support the young people involved.
Parents should feel free to talk to leaders or staff at any point but we will also create opportunities within team meetings (Both at the start and then in June before the summer) for parents to meet leaders and find out more
More info is available at www.exodusonline.org.uk/parents-guardians/
How does team finance work?
Each team member must pay a personal contribution which will secure a place on the team. This contribution will be £150 and will cover:
Team Preparation - Insurance, T-shirts, Course Materials, Communication (e.g videos, mailings, website etc.)
Launch - Food, Accommodation and Materials
Transport & Leader Allowance - Petrol, Team snacks etc.
A £50 deposit is required on 19th March. This deposit covers the training, materials and activities for the preparation phase of teams and so is non-refundable should the summer placements be restricted.
The remaining £100 balance is due on 14th May. If Covid-19 restrictions prevent travel, the amount due on 14th May will be reduced to reflect this.
Team members are also expected to get involved in personal and group fundraising activities with the aim of each team raising at least £100 per person. This amount will be split as a gift to support the team’s Irish host and local Exodus Centre as it oversees the team process.
How do I pay for an Exodus Team?
Each team member will receive an invoice for the £50 deposit and then the remaining balance which can be paid online.
Where it is not possible to pay online, cash or cheque payments can be sent to Exodus. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Exodus’.
What if I cannot afford the personal contribution?
A bursary scheme is available for those who may struggle to pay the personal contribution.
Click here to apply for the Exodus Team Bursary.
Can I apply after the deadline?
The early application deadline is 1st March at midnight and applicants will then start to be accepted onto teams. Those teams which are full will then close, and many teams will close on the 1st March.
Where spaces are still available, however, some teams may remain open for a short time. All teams will generally be closed by the end of March.
How does Exodus decide who will get onto a team?
Exodus seeks to find a way for every applicant to end up on a team. However, often a team will be oversubscribed, an applicant may not be suited to the options they have chosen or all the teams in an area may be oversubscribed.
In this event, team leaders will meet applicants for an informal interview where preference will be give to those who:
Previously were part of a Leave a Legacy 2020 Exodus team that could not travel due to Covid-19.
Demonstrate that they would benefit most from the chosen course.
Have not previously done a team using that course
- Are part of the Exodus DISCIPLES programme.
Applications between groups of friends will be considered in light of the potential impact on the wider team.
What's expected of a team member?
All leaders, co-workers, Extend & Ex-press team members are asked to support the Exodus Ethos and Statement of Faith which is available at exodusonline.org.uk/values.
We expect all team members including leaders and co-workers to attend weekly team meetings, fully support the team’s fundraising efforts and agree to abide by the Team Lifestyle Agreement which is summarised below:
Whilst at Exodus events including team meetings, the residential, fundraisers, social nights and the summer placement I will:
Respect those in leadership over me and accept their authority.
Build positive and inclusive relationships with all team members.
Endeavour to make a positive contribution to the team and with whom the team has contact.
Refrain from consuming alcohol and illegal drugs.
Refrain from attending nightclubs.
Adopt a modest dress code