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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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June 26, 2012

Creatively Empowering Church Leaders

How to Utilize Trained Leaders

If you haven't yet, check out Jack Jenkins' blog -


We have a glut of trained and motivated leaders who want to serve in ministry in the PCUSA and not enough places for them to serve.  

I dare say we have the same issue with camping.

Often our directors "graduate" out of working seasonally and if they are lucky enough to be there when the previous program director retires, they get an entry.  Not sure how this idea could apply to camp/conf ministry but it's a great idea for the church.


Hey, PC(USA): I have an idea.

So I’ve been thinking a lot about the PC(USA) job market recently (surprise!). It’s pretty bleak out there, and the situation gets really personal for me: I have a ton – a ton – of incredibly talented friends who are (1) recent seminary grads, but (2) still looking for a callyears after graduation. We’re talking about vibrant, talented, energetic, brilliant people who keep getting close, but the numbers are stacked against them. In many cases, they’re struggling and frustrated, unsure of what to do.

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