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Why Taylor?

Do you ever read through the gospels and find yourself marveling at the actions (or inactions) of the disciples? The arguing, posturing and the stunning lack of insight they displayed…

Or wonder why Jesus chose to speak in parables, or why he selected to work certain miracles and different times? Jesus seemed to be almost intentional about letting his disciples live and learn in an atmosphere of ambiguity.

The gospels are the testimony of Jesus’ life on earth. But they are also a wonderful glimpse into community. When Christ called his disciples, he was inviting them to live (and learn) within an intentional community. Go back and read the gospels. Remember Matthew 13… 

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed..
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed...
The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast...
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure...
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant...
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a net...

Not at all clear and direct. Reading through the stories and interactions demonstrates that Christ had a purpose for this community that extended beyond the three years he was with them. In John, as he is praying to the Father, Christ expresses the intention of his community,

“As you have sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”

The call to the disciples was not a call to comfort…but a call to agitation. His focus was not on the three years they would spend with him….but the subsequent years they would serve without him. And the community he established, within which they lived, was intentional toward that end.

If you walk around campus and ask students about Taylor’s community, you will hear a lot of strange things. You’ll hear stories about melons and gourds, pick-a-dates and silent night. Students will share stories about Bible studies, service projects and the impact that Christian faculty have had on their experience. All good and important things. However, if you take the time to dig deeper and really explore the concept, you’ll find something richer and deeper lurking just below the surface.

Intentional, by definition, implies a community with purpose, focused on an outcome.

At Taylor that focused outcome is clear “to develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ's redemptive love and truth to a world in need.” So, we have designed our community to maximize that opportunity.  

While reviewing the information on the website, look for examples of this community. 

It won’t be hard to find.

Taylor Fact

61%

of Taylor students receive need-based aid