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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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May 5, 2011

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

Thumbs up 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 we are constantly pushing ourselves to develop relationships, foster partnerships, and nurture ministry that remains relevant to new generations.

But, what guideposts do we have for success?  When do we call for consultation help?  What resources are there?

We have been looking at the Presbyterian Panel surveys conducted every 10 years to gauge our relevance within our denominational sphere.  There will be a new one conducted in 2012 which should be informative.

What other tools are you using to remain relevant?  Are you following the PCCCA Consultant Network on Facebook?  Are you aware of the many resources offered through the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association?

We can all learn from each other so please share what you look to as a guidepost to see if you continue to be a healthy, relevant, and sustainable ministry.


Tags: camp, conference, pcusa, retreat, success