If you’re between the ages of 18–24, you’re in an incredibly important time in your life. You’re making big decisions that will shape your future. You’re stepping out on your own.
For many, a year of focusing on personal growth without committing to any one direction in life is a great way to discover more about your gifts, talents, interests and God’s calling on your life. It gives you a little more time to make those big decisions that may impact your direction in life. As part of your preparation for wherever the Lord is calling you, a Focus Year can be a great time to be part of something bigger than yourself, to grow in your faith while serving in an important work of Christian ministry.
The EXSEL Discipleship Program will help you to do all these things – and more! In addition to the unique opportunity for experience-based discipleship at the White Sulphur Springs Camp and Conference Center, you’ll be gaining valuable vocational experience while working in areas like guest services and hospitality, horsemanship, programming and operations, youth programs, facilities and maintenance, housekeeping, or food service.
Meet the EXSEL Director
Jim and Claudia Marrs
By God’s expansive and precious grace, both Jim and Claudia Marrs have been walking with Jesus for over four decades. Since 1980, they have walked this path happily united in holy marriage. God has blessed them with five adult children and four grandchildren. Throughout Jim’s 33 years of military service, they have hosted a number of home Bible study fellowships and have been actively engaged in their local church. The goal of their lives together has been to both live out and impart to others steadfast love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5). Jim and Claudia are deeply blessed as they serve at White Sulphur Springs through the EXSEL Discipleship Program, actively facilitating opportunities to Experience, Serve, and Lead.
Invitation to Participate: Prospective Interns & Fellows
Jesus sometimes removed himself from the press of the crowds to commune with a few of His dearest followers or even to be alone with His Father for a time. Have you ever sensed the need for this kind of “refuge” from the demands of this world? Are you uncertain of the path God has for your life? As disciples of Jesus, we all require periods of reflection on His Word, as well as frequent opportunities to roll up our sleeves and devote ourselves in sacrificial service to others, as Jesus did. Such times help us better comprehend the person of Jesus and the purpose He has for us in this life. Consider taking a season to serve and thrive in the picturesque setting of White Sulphur Springs, with the hopeful expectation of discovering God’s direction through the guided Experience, Service and Leadership opportunities of the EXSEL Discipleship Program.