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Brian Frick is the Associate for Camp and Conferences Ministries with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has been involved in camp and conference ministry since high school. For the past ten years, Brian has served as program director of Johnsonburg Center in New Jersey, Westminster Woods in California, and Heartland Center in Missouri.

Camp and conference ministry compliments and partners with other ministry aspects of our church to foster faith development and reflection. As our communities and our church changes, our ministries need to grow and adapt with creative and emergent programming and leadership to meet new realities.

These blogs entries, though varied, are intended to spur thought and conversation around the opportunities and challenges before us.

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January 30, 2013

Hospitality as Peacemaking and Non-violence

Hospitality is truly a form of non-violence and peacemaking.  Hosting storm victims has transformed their, and my understanding of what it is to have places of hospitality available.

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September 9, 2011

Retreat Funding Opportunity through Theology and Worship

Small grants available now for Communities of Theological reflection - can help fund their retreats.

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June 2, 2011

Why? Community Building as THE Mission

Just had a wonderful conversation with Rev. David Ensign, (for those of you who knew Rev. John Ensign, long serving director of Camp Hanover, David is his nephew) exploring where the ministry of camp, conference and retreat is heading. It...

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May 31, 2011

Go to Church...It's good for your ministry!

When our camps first started, they were an outgrowth of the Christian education in our congregations. During the school year, children would go to Sunday School and in the summer they would be encouraged, or would all go together to...

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May 26, 2011

Welcoming the Other

Jesus tells us story after story about how we are to welcome the other even at cost to ourselves. Whether it’s the story of the persistent neighbor who knocks and knocks until he wakes his neighbor to help him provide...

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May 10, 2011

Outsourcing….mentoring and vocation

I was able to experience the vast depth of talented young adults we have in our ministry this past week when I spent a weekend sailing. The young man who sailed us around in his yacht was so talented and...

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May 5, 2011

Success! (For a Time Such as This - Part 6)

How do we know when we are thriving and not just surviving? If we are not striving to be the best at what we do, we will miss opportunities. Focusing on surviving is not enough anymore. We remain relevant if...

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May 3, 2011

New Quarterly Emails

This year, the PC(USA) has begun to develop email “blasts” sharing highlights of ministry areas. You should be receiving an email from PC(USA) Camp and Conference Ministries office. The email will lift up resources specific to camp and conference ministry...

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April 28, 2011

The New New Normal (For a Time Such As This – Part 5)

Sorry. Had to go here. How do we create an organization that continues to adjust, to be adaptive, to recalibrate as change happens and still remain sustainable? As soon as we identify, accept, and assimilate a change, it seems everything...

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April 26, 2011

Baseball for our Ministry

Please excuse me if I have already talked about this - it is a topic that bears repeating. What gets you into the hall of fame in baseball for batting? Would you believe it's batting over .300 (as part of...

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April 21, 2011

Slow Down? Speed up? Defining Relevance (For a Time Such as This – Part 4)

Is the ‘new normal’ that things will continue to change more and more rapidly? Will we continue to feel out of breath running to stay in place? About 5 years ago, when my children were 3 and 6, they said...

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