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.
Each year, New Worshiping Communities are started or fostered at our centers. Over 1,000 young adults serve as staff at our centers each summer and create a community that worships, supports, and disciples together. They enter "green" and leave empowered in their personal lives and strengthened, challenged and affirmed in their faith lives.
How are we doing at supporting that community to be a worshiping community after they leave our centers? Do we have contact with them? Are we establishing internships for them? Are we doing anything to foster a lasting and connected community around strengthening their faith, praying and worship together? Does this happen through facebook, gatherings, online chat?
I don't know they answers but the opportunity is in front of us to take our mentorship of young adults to the next level.
The General Assembly Mission Council, with the support of the other 5 PC(USA) agencies, is embarking on an initiatve to create 1,001 New Worshiping Communities in 10 years. I know that our camp and conference centers have a part to play in support as well as leadership in this inniative.
Besides summer staff, we can think creatively about being centers for lay and ordained leaders to gather for regular worship, as well as be launch pads for other groups to create lasting worshipping communities.
You will hear more about this, but I need to hear more from you about how you vision this and how you can support this effort, and how national leadership can support you.
This is a fantastic opportunity that we should not squander because we have a chance to lead in a visible and impactful way.
Please check out the following links to learn more about the 1,001 initiative.