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.
Camps and Conferences (or if you prefer, Centers for Mission and Ministry) have long provided a powerful venue for faith formation and leadership development for young adults through the summer camping programs. A new worshipping community forms each year at our sites for up to 10 weeks each summer - intense faith and fellowship formation for young adults. The challenge is how to extend that worshipping community year-round. Westminster Woods, Occidental, CA has found a way to do that. Please take a moment to read the new post on the Presbyterian News Service highlighting this new ministry of Westminster Woods. It's brand new (less than 6 months old) and is already attracting up to 50 participants each month who drive as far as 2 hours to be there. What a witness to the desire of young adults to be faithful and remain in a Christ centered community. http://www.pcusa.org/news/2012/3/7/creating-space-something-new-be-born/#c10510