A Time for Renewal

A Time for Renewal

Happy New Year! I love preaching on the first Sunday in Advent because I can always greet the congregation with those delightfully provocative words. For churches that follow the liturgical calendar, Advent started this week and spans the four Sundays leading up to...
S2 E6 3 Circles of Gratitude

S2 E6 3 Circles of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! There are many studies that connect happiness and even productivity with an attitude of gratitude. We have a lot to be thankful for in our own lives and in our ministries. Can I get an, “Amen?” Starting within ourselves and moving...
The 2 Questions to Ask Every Time

The 2 Questions to Ask Every Time

We know by now the idea that camp stops after the summer is a myth. Camp staff, leaders, supports, even campers and parents, continue to be impacted by and contribute to ministry year-round no matter what the non-summer season looks like. So while it doesn’t...
S2 E5 What Does the Mom Say?

S2 E5 What Does the Mom Say?

Say it louder for the folks in the back! For outdoor ministries focused mostly on kids and families –  parents are your primary constituents. Camp is one of the spaces where the final decision makers are not necessarily the ones having the experience, yet their...
What do camper parents need most?

What do camper parents need most?

When I was a camper – a long time ago – I forgot to pack my toothbrush.  I wrote a letter to my mother and posted it on the first morning of camp. The next evening, I had a toothbrush and a note from my mom. The mail reached her in 24 hours and she was able to...
Searching for Connection

Searching for Connection

The church is about connection. You know the analogies: vine to branches (John 15), different parts to make one body (1 Corinthians 12), grains of wheat gathered to make one bread. The church connects the people of God to one another and connects them all to Christ....
Camp Director Annual Evaluation

Camp Director Annual Evaluation

Here’s one thing you can do that is good for your ministry center, good for your board, and great for your camp’s executive director or CEO: an annual review for you executive leader.  A good evaluation process means that board and staff leaders all...
S2 E2: A Holy Handoff

S2 E2: A Holy Handoff

Pick your analogy, a seamless pass of the baton in the zone while speeding around the track, a quarterback placing the ball squarely in the gut of a tailback headed for the endzone, an instrumental duet with a melody passed perfectly from one first chair to another...

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