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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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September 23, 2009

Evangelism vision forming

Exciting conversation in the Evangelism team at GAMC.  Focusing efforts around Igniting (studying, praying, and focusing your congregation/camp's passion for Jesus and why they believe what they believe), inspiring (growing off the call to serve others and welcome others, help congregations/camps to serve and minister to others in a way that fits with their vision and purpose - this is going out and being the hands and feet of God in the world - welcoming others to follow) and Equipping (providing the resources or networks to enable congregations/camps to continue with their inspired new ministries, and to continue to evaluate and grow).
Love the idea of basing evangelism on mission and God's call to us to go out and share.  To be the Gospel in the world.  That excites me.
The other exciting part of the conversation was understanding that new or immigrant members will come in through being served and will probably work these three items backwards - beings served, learning to serve others, and then examining their beliefs in Jesus and his call to us to do the Gospel.
Very cool.  A triangle of ideas and initiatives!
How do you see evangelism and mission working together?
How are you being the "hands and feet" of God in the world?