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.
Solar Under the Sun was awarded a coveted Birthday Offering from Presbyterian Women nationwide. Of the $200,000 grant, $100,000 will be used to add a variety of solar energy systems on Ferncliff buildings to give Solar School students more examples and hands-on training opportunities, as well as for the educational value to campers, guests and churches. The other $100,000 will be matching funds for churches doing solar energy installations to meet critical community needs in Haiti.
The funds will come 12-18 months from now giving Ferncliff and SUTS time to plan and find ways to stretch the dollars as far as possible. Ferncliff is pleased to be a strong partner with Solar Under the Sun, which in its first two years of operation has helped install 15 solar powered mission projects in Haiti.