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Christian Summer Camp in Theological Perspective
Sacred Playgrounds, a brand new book about Christian summer camp, is available now and ready for your bookshelf. This uniquely data-driven perspective on the difference outdoor ministry can make for participants, their families, their churches, and their communities is rooted in the findings from the Effective Camp Research Project. In recent years, the research team at Sacred Playgrounds, directed by Dr. Jake Sorenson, collected and analyzed thousands of data points, conducted hundreds of interviews, and embarked on dozens of site visits to learn what really works in Christian camping ministry. These pages are filled with stories, findings, and the tools to apply them in your own context, whether you’re a camp leader, church leader, fellow researcher, or lifelong camper.
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At long last, a project that was nearly a decade in the making has made it to print! From the back cover: Sacred Playgrounds explores the wisdom of camping ministry for Christian education and faith formation, examining its rich history and fundamental characteristics...
Call stories are unique and complex. When I was a camp program director, it was a privilege to accompany people on their faith journeys. I heard call stories from visiting pastors, retreat participants, campers, and summer staff members. I saw many camp staff called...
Not all pastors value camp. Some are benignly dismissive, while others are almost hostile. We collectively call this group the camp skeptics. In our recent survey of ELCA pastors and deacons, just under one in five (18%) were categorized as skeptics. These folks do...
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