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You live and work at a sacred playground. Now, you have access to research and resources to maximize your ministry's impact.

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How could the ministry you care about benefit from actionable research, next-level training, insightful strategy, and increased capacity? Let’s find out.


The Rhythms of Faith Project seeks to empower parents and caregivers in family faith formation by leveraging the power of camp experiences to establish rhythms of faith through regular Christian practices.

This project is a 5-year, nationwide, cross-denominational initiative coordinated by Wheaton College’s Center for Leadership Development (HoneyRock), in partnership with Sacred Playgrounds, and generously funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Toward a new generation of leaders in the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church Leadership Project is designed to answer the question, “How is the Episcopal Church training young adults for leadership?” The purpose of this study is to provide insights to guide the Department of Faith Formation of the Episcopal Church in developing programs and initiatives to raise up a new generation of Episcopal leaders.

CampWell is a multi-tiered training course that guides participants to identify, understand, cultivate, and create a community of wellbeing at camp.

Created in collaboration with the American Camp Association and supported by the H.E. Butt Foundation, the program aims to help all be well at camp and seeks to create consistent care across the spectrum of all summer learning spaces. As a partner in this project, Sacred Playgrounds is helping expand an understanding of spiritual wellbeing at camp.

Since 2015, the Effective Camp Project has been gathering data on the key characteristics and impacts of the Christian summer camp experience. We have gathered data from more than 17,000 campers and more than 6,500 parents at dozens of camps across the USA and in Canada.

Power of Camp participants measure camper growth in faith outcomes, gain valuable parent perspectives, and learn how their camp compares to other CCCA camps, and utilize the results to create impactful improvements. The Power of Camp Study is a deep dive into the effectiveness of outdoor ministries in the Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) and includes camps from across the country with diverse programs and perspectives.

The Sacred Playgrounds Podcast

Behind the mic. Behind the research. For the future of ministry.

Founder and Lead Researcher for Sacred Playgrounds, Dr. Jake Sorenson, is joined by host and camp enthusiast Jared Rendell for some intriguing conversations about camp and why it matters based on the latest research. Each episode we’ll focus on one thing that’s making a difference right now in outdoor ministry.

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