Alan Chambers Featured In September/October 2013 Issue of RELEVANT Magazine

Photo/Graphic Credit: RELEVANT Magazine. Click image to read the article featuring Alan's testimony and recent decisions concerning Exodus.

Photo/Graphic Credit: RELEVANT Magazine. Click image to read the article featuring Alan’s testimony and recent decisions concerning Exodus.

This article by Eddie Kaufholz is from RELEVEANT Magazine Issue 65: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 as well as their podcast. Here is the intro:

“Change is possible!”

That was Exodus International’s slogan, an unapologetic answer to the dicey “are people born gay?” question. Often described as the largest “ex-gay” ministry in the U.S., Exodus worked with Christians who dealt with same-sex attraction for 37 years. That all changed in June, when Exodus International’s president Alan Chambers stunned the world by apologizing for his ministry and shutting its doors for good.

Chambers sat down with RELEVANT Podcast castmember Eddie Kaufholz (who happens to also be a pastor) to discuss that apology, tell his stories and give his vision for the future.

Messy Story, True Story – Letter from Alan Chambers for February 2013

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I am thrilled to be a part of the Body of Christ. Though imperfect, I see a tremendous groundswell of truth, compassion, grace, and service, which accurately reflects the heart of Jesus Christ.

Contrast that to 1991, the year I sought support for my struggles with sexuality outside of the four walls and community of my local congregation.  I was afraid of being cast out because my story was different.  I had no confidence in the church’s ability to treat me kindly or extend grace.  I will never know whether my perceptions of them were right or wrong.  I simply couldn’t risk what I believed would be my reality if I “came out” to them. So I sought help from Exodus International.

Exodus Week-End Review #9 – November 16th, 2012


Exodus Week-End Review #9 – November 16th, 2012

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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

Exodus Week-End Review #6 – October 26th, 2012


Exodus Week-End Review #6 – October 26th, 2012

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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  •  Ministry Highlight: Truth Ministry – Spartanburg/Greeneville South Carolina
  • Resource Highlight: The End of Sexual Identity by Jenell Williams Paris
  • Question of the Week: How Does the Church Respond to Exodus International?
  • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus: Thank you for the friendship and support!

Exodus Around the web:

Main Website: exodusinternational.org
Freedom Conference Website: exodusfreedom.org
Exodus Online Bookstore: exodusbooks.org
Facebook: facebook.com/exodusinternational
Twitter: twitter.com/exodusintl

Exodus Week-End Review #5 – October 19th, 2012


Exodus Week-End Review #5 – October 19th, 2012

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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  • Thank you for your feedback on these videos!
  • Ministry Highlight: Californian Member Agencies
  • Resource Highlight: 101 Frequently Asked Questions about Homosexuality by Mike Haley
  • Question of the Week: How Does Exodus Function Organizationally?
  • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus: Thank you for the friendship and support!

Exodus Around the web:

Main Website: exodusinternational.org
Freedom Conference Website: exodusfreedom.org
Exodus Online Bookstore: exodusbooks.org
Facebook: facebook.com/exodusinternational
Twitter: twitter.com/exodusintl

Exodus Week-End Review #4 – October 12th, 2012

Exodus Week-End Review #4 – October 12th, 2012
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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  • Ministry Highlight: Regeneration, Regeneration Northern Virginia and National Community Church
  • Resource Highlight: Generation XXX by Sy Rogers
  • Question of the Week: Is Change Possible?
  • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus: Monthly Giving

Websites of Organizations Mentioned in this post:

Exodus Around the web:

Main Website: www.exodusinternational.org
Freedom Conference Website: www.exodusfreedom.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/exodusinternational
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exodusintl

Exodus Week-End Review #3 – October 5th, 2012


Exodus Week-End Review #3 – October 5th, 2012
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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  • Ministry Highlight: Living Hope Ministries, Arlington Texas
  • Resource Highlight: Leaving Homosexuality by Alan Chambers
  • Question of the Week: Does Exodus Value Singleness as Equally as Marriage?
  • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus: Monthly Giving

Websites of Organizations Mentioned in this post:

Love Won Out: www.lovewonout.com
Exodus International: www.exodusinternational.org
Living Hope Ministries: www.livehope.org

Exodus Around the web:

Main Website: www.exodusinternational.org
Freedom Conference Website: www.exodusfreedom.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/exodusinternational
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exodusintl

Exodus Week-End Review #2 – September 29th 2012

Exodus Week-End Review #2 – September 29th 2012 from Exodus International on Vimeo.
In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  • Love Won Out Recap
  • Ministry Highlight: Beyond Imagination – Steven Bjork
  • Resource Highlight: Jesus Calling
  • Question of the Week: Why Should We Obey God?
  • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus: Monthly Giving and Prayer Team

Websites of Organizations Mentioned in this post:

Love Won Out: www.lovewonout.com
Exodus International: www.exodusinternational.org
Beyond Imagination: www.beyondimagination.org
West Shore Evangelical Free Church: www.westshorefree.com

Exodus Around the web:

Main Website: www.exodusinternational.org
Freedom Conference Website: www.exodusfreedom.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/exodusinternational
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exodusintl

Exodus Week-End Review for September 21st, 2012


Watch the very first video in our new weekly web series! This is the “Exodus Week-End Review for September 21st, 2012″ Please “Like” and “Share” to help spread the word. Thank you!

In today’s series launch video we cover:

    • The purposed of “The Exodus Week-End Review.”
    • Invitation to join us tomorrow at Westshore Evangelical Free Church for Love Won Out.
    • Question of the Week: Is Sexual Behavior Important for the Believer?
    • Ministry Highlight: Free! and Day Seven Ministries
    • An Opportunity to Partner with Exodus

Websites of Organizations Mentioned in this video:

Exodus Around the web:

Entering The Promised Land – Letter from Alan Chambers for September 2012

Cross-posted from the Exodus Blog

Twenty-one years ago this month I walked into a local Exodus Member Ministry for help.   I was 19 years old and a church kid—a believer in the one, true Christ.  I was also 8 or 9 years into my struggle with same-sex attraction. SSA was, at that time, all consuming; likely because I was 19 and my young body raged with hormones I constantly gave into my sexual thoughts.  In my teenage years, I gave into a few sexual relationships with guys my age.  My daily life was full of fearing God, praying for relief and giving in to overwhelming temptations that I thought I had no power over.

So, when I found out about Exodus I knew I had to check it out.  I’ll never forget that fall-like day on September 12, 1991.  I remember what I was wearing as I walked through the parking lot of that ministry–a building I’d driven by numerous times in my life with no clue that inside was an answer to a nearly decade old prayer.

The big and burly director of the ministry eventually came out into the lobby and greeted me.   A good ole boy of sorts.  Corduroy pants, flannel type shirt, suspenders.  Certainly no connection to “the issue”, I concluded.  Never judge a book by its cover.  Sitting in his office a few minutes later, I was scared. However, that day was pivotal for me.  I began a real healing journey that wasn’t at all what I’d hoped for or considered.