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.
Are you here for teaching/sharing peace and justice? Evangelism? Care of Creation? Mission practices? Youth leadership? Or??
If you don’t know they don’t know.
And if you do know and can’t communicate it clearly, it doesn’t matter.
If you are not communicating it repeatedly and often, it doesn’t matter.
Remember our attention spans are short and getting shorter. Also, it’s an advertising maxim that a person needs to hear something 3-5x before they will really listen and recognize a message.
So what are you doing? Where are you challenged? Where are you successful? What have you learned and what can others learn?
Our church needs us now more than ever! If we can’t find and implement ways to get them to listen, it just won’t matter.