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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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April 28, 2011

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

Deep and Wide
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 changes again.  What are the challenges to this type of a reality?  What are the opportunities?

How can we remain nimble, frugal and relevant when the playing field seems to keep changing?

Are there successes we can point to as examples that might inspire us to continue to reimagine our ministries while keeping true to “who we are” and the “traditions and values” of camp and conference ministries?

The PC(USA) General Assembly Mission Council communication staff have been working to gather and share successfully adapting congregations.  I think we can all learn and be inspired by the stories we here in these videos.  Of course a camp and conference center is not a congregation, but if you focus on the adaptive response to the new reality, I hope it will inspire you to be energized to respond to emerging ministerial opportunities and needs.

You can find these videos at DeepAndWide

Do you have stories to share?  Please share your stories of adaptive ministry and pictures and videos are greatly appreciated and will be shared.


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