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How Do I Prepare for "Battles in Autumn"?
How Do I Prepare for "Battles in Autumn"?

Journey with the Maccabees and embrace your baptismal calling to lead those entrusted to your care.

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Written by Jacob Zepp
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Image setting out for battle without any preparation. Sounds foolish. You are about to enter a war against the Greeks who are imposing idolatry on the nation. The Maccabees will help teach you lessons about leadership, showing you how to foster fraternity amongst your band of brothers. It is time to prepare.

The following is a checklist to prepare you for your journey through 1 Maccabees. Complete each of these items prior to Day 1 and check in with your brothers to see that they are doing the same. The ideal time to start preparation is about three weeks before your start date. But if the fraternity communicates effectively and prepares efficiently, much less time is needed.

Preparation Checklist

1. Get the App

Be prepared for the full Exodus experience with the Exodus mobile app. Head over to to create your account and learn more.

2. Start or join a fraternity

We have found that local fraternities tend to last longer and have more of an impact, so we recommend you start there. If you cannot join or start a local fraternity, use the Fraternity Finder in our app. For further reading: “Can You Connect Me to Other Men”?

3. Read these articles

4. Consider your “Why.”

Follow the instructions to craft your why from “What’s Your Why” in the Saint Michael’s Lent Field Guide. Then enter your why into the app for future reference in the exercise. See “What’s Your Why” for more guidance.

5. Have a conversation with your spouse (for married men only).

Read “The Exodus Man & His Bride” to help you prepare for this conversation! As you'll read in the Field Guide or article, be sure to share your why with your spouse and discuss with her the commitments of Exodus.

7. Attend a Preparatory Meeting.

Use the Weekly Meeting Guide and discuss the "Battles in Autumn" reading in the Field Guide. This will help prepare you and your fraternity for a fruitful experience together!

If you have any questions or encounter any issues as you prepare for your next Exodus exercise, please reach out to our support team, who are always happy to help!

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