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.
The following is taken from a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
Overweight and obesity in children are significant public health problems in the United States. The number of adolescents who are overweight has tripled since 1980 and the prevalence among younger children has more than doubled.
How does camp impact this epidemic?
Taking a fresh look at our mission focus as the Church and society continues to change around us.
I can tie a string in a knot with one hand. Not a bad skill. Sort of useless, but in it's own way, transforming. Pete Rasmussen taught me that a few years ago. Though it may not have changed my life, it was his calm presence and the heartfelt connection with everyone that made him special and filled his ministry.
As our sites branch out into being mission support centers, finding and engaging in the work of the greater Church outside, or in concert with the site based resources, they are running into many “ah ha’s” as well as many confused looks as to why camp and conference centers should or can be helpful in many areas of ministry.