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Acts 6:1-7 - Bottom Line #3 of Camp - Business

Posted by Dan Bolin on July 22, 2014 @ 17:49

In Acts 6:1-7 the early church faced a problem that threatened to distract them from their core ministry; they also encountered divisions that endangered the new community. These challenges were resolved by godly leaders who employed some fundamental organizational practices.  Centuries later, the business world has adopted these church-based practices as their own. 

Business management can be complex and challenging, but much of the mystery is resolved in three basic functions:  the management of money (and physical resources), the management of people, and the management of time (which is all about setting priorities and self-management).  Each of these is addressed by the early church in Acts 6:1-7.  These issues were challenging 2,000 years ago and they are faced by camps and other ministries today.  

Resource Management - The early church didn’t have enough food to feed all the hungry and deserving people.  Two groups held different expectations about how the existing supply should be allocated.   

Limited resources can brings out the worst in people.  Selfish decisions tend to override good intentions.  We generally negotiate what is best for ourselves and those closest to us, even at the expense of others.  Our commitment to the total community and the bigger cause must override our self-centered bent.  

Camping ministries continually address the challenge of limited resources.  There is never enough money, enough buildings, enough campers, enough donors, enough volunteers or any other essential element of camp.  But camp leaders are highly skilled at accomplishing a great amount with very little.  Good planning through intentional budgeting, controlling costs through effective oversight, and accountability through timely and transparent reporting are essential for camps, and all ministries, to use limited resources well.  

People Management – Selecting the right people to tackle the food problem was a major task for the leaders of the early church.  They had two requirements for the task-force members; they were to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.  The Apostles delegated their authority to the task-force to address the problem and come up with a solution.  They knew how to delegate and empower those who met the position requirements and were selected to serve.  The Apostles laid hands on them, prayed over them, and then got out of the way.   

Camping is a relational ministry; therefore, selecting and empowering the right people is critical.  The wellbeing of young children is too important for camps to miss the lead of the early church.  Camps need to select people who have godly character and who are prepared to make wise decisions.  Once selected, staff members need to know they have the prayerful support, encouragement and watchful eye of their supervisors.  

Time Management – The Apostles knew they needed to stay close to God through prayer and studying, teaching and preaching the Bible.   They recognized their temporal limitations and knew they could not do it all.  They invested their time accomplishing the tasks that were critical and that they were called to accomplish and they made sure someone covered the rest.  They had to say ‘no’ to personal involvement in the very important and noble cause of feeding the hungry.  The Apostles managed themselves by focusing on their calling and multiplied their results by enlisting others to help. 

We all have the same amount of time; we don’t really manage time – in reality we manage (or mismanage) ourselves. We manage ourselves through priorities developed with clear objectives and with a passionate commitment to what God has called us to do.  It means saying ‘no’ to the good to accomplish the best.  Leaders do not abandon other causes -- they simply encourage the right people with the right gifts to engage the need that God has put before them.  

Camps are complex ministries.  They requires success in three areas 1) impacting lives, 2) exemplifying a Christ-like community and 3) managing well their money, people and time. 

Acts 6:1-7 - Bottom Line #2 of Camp - Community

Posted by Dan Bolin on July 15, 2014 @ 14:24

The early church faced numerous challenges: distractions from the ministry, limited resources and divisive attitudes.  Any one of these dangers could have destroyed this fledgling church.  Christian camps face many of the same hazards today.  To succeed, a ministry must successfully impact lives, pay its bills, and relate as a Christ-honoring community. 

The young church in Jerusalem was comprised of Jews – all Jews; but in some eyes, not all Jews were created equal.  Tension developed between the Hebraic Jews and the Hellenistic Jews; one people – two identities; similar needs – different approaches.  The Hebraic Jews, those locals who were born and raised in Jerusalem, understood the culture, religion and language and were able to outmaneuver the Hellenistic Jews – those whose backgrounds were in the Greek culture, philosophy and language.   The poor and needy Jews in the Hebraic community received the food they desired, but the destitute Hellenistic Jews were bypassed.  This unequal distribution of the limited food supply created a division within the early church.  

Scarce resources reveal people’s true loyalties.  Limited food supplies and a growing number of hungry mouths became the point of contention between these two Jewish groups. The locals got theirs and the newbies were left out. “What’s best for me and mine?” trumped “What’s best for all of us?” Selfish desires came to light when the food supply ran low.  

The Apostles understood the danger they faced within the fragile coalition they were developing.  They responded by calling a meeting and inviting everyone to participate. And they reviewed their commitment to focus on God’s Word. (Acts 6:2) 

Next the Apostles involved the entire group by empowering them to select a task force to respond to the issue.  The group selected seven people whose names are common in the Hellenistic world; in all likelihood they were members of the slighted, Hellenistic group.   People with a vested interest in the problem were tasked to look for a solution.  

The leaders of the early church recognized the danger of division and they confronted the issue head-on and openly. They included everyone in the problem-solving process; and they worked bottom up, not top down.   

All ministries, but particularly Christian camps, must work to honor Paul’s directive, make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)  Camp ministry often requires working long hours, living in close proximity, and blurred lines between family and work.  These unique circumstances are exacerbated because camps are generally located in remote areas limiting outside relationships.  Camp ministries are always in danger of imploding due to the loss of community.  

Stay on task and fulfill the ministry, pay the bills, and make sure that Christian community is a priority by striving to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Acts 6:1-7 - Bottom Line #1 of Camp - Ministry

Posted by Dan Bolin on July 08, 2014 @ 15:27

In Acts 6:1-7 we catch a glimpse of the early church struggling with the dual roles of proclaiming the message of the gospel and serving others as an expression of the gospel.  Throughout the biblical accounts we see Jesus healing the sick and at the same time proclaiming the Kingdom of Heaven.  Peter tells us to speak the utterances of God and serve with the strength God provides (1 Peter 4:7-11).  Paul prays for the Colossians to live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10).  Gospel service and gospel speaking seem to be closely related throughout the New Testament.  

Peter Drucker said that non-profits exist to change lives.  He’s right, but we must remember that ministries exist to change lives for eternity.  Effective Christian ministries use a wide array of tools to make changes in time and eternity. 

Historically, ministries that focus on meeting physical needs have drifted away from their gospel roots.  And those that give attention to spiritual needs may become oblivious to the physical needs of people around them.   For ministries to be truly effective their efforts must be grounded in the gospel; both what they say and what they do. 

The early church addressed this issue head on.  Hungry people needed to be fed and the Bible needed to be studied and preached.  The leaders realized that physical and spiritual needs were both priorities that required attention.  The leaders also realized that they needed to remain steadfast, doing what they were uniquely designed and called to do – pray, study and preach. 

In response to the need to feed the hungry and the concern about ministry-drift, the apostles organized a meeting and laid out a plan.  So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:2-4) 

Without neglecting the very real needs of hungry people, the Twelve stayed on task, guarding their responsibility to pray and share the truth of God’s word.  They chose godly leaders and empowered them (more about this next week) to meet the needs of the hungry. Yet they remained committed to prayer, study and teaching God’s word. Both ministries were crucial to the success of the young church.  Neither branch of the unified church tried to minimize the importance of the other.  Together they provided a comprehensive, God-honoring ministry.

Acts 6:1-7 - The Three Bottom Lines of Camp: Ministry, Business and Community

Posted by Dan Bolin on July 02, 2014 @ 6:04

Running a Christian camping ministry is more complex than running a major multi-national corporation. 

What?  Being the director of Camp Stick-in-the-Mud is a bigger challenge than running Multi-mega Corporation?  No.  Not exactly. Not more challenging – just more complex. 

Christian camping is complex because it requires success in three different arenas and failure in any one of these means failure in all.

To succeed, a Christian camp must:   1) Thrive as a ministry that impacts lives.  2) Pay its bills and operate effectively.  And 3) live in community, expressing the values of Christ.  To succeed in the for-profit world, a business needs only have a black number in the bottom right corner of its Profit and Loss report. 

In Acts 6:1-7 we find these three critical elements of Christian camping on display in the early church.  1) Ministry is happening: evangelism, prayer, Bible study, service to the poor, and leadership development are all in play.  2) Business practices are evident: priority setting, delegation, staff recruiting, limited resource allocation, and empowerment are evident in these verses.  3) And community is in play as well: self-serving decisions, potential divisions, cultural insensitivity, meetings, collaboration, and unity manifest themselves. 

Camps that pay their bills and enjoy a staff that gets along well with one other yet drifts away from its mission of sharing the gospel and serving guests, has lost its effectiveness and fails.

Camps that stay on mission sharing Christ’s love and message and enjoy healthy community can be gone next summer if they do not pay their bills and meet their obligations.

Camps that focus on effective ministry and that operate in a responsible manner but live with tension and divisions, unethical and immoral behavior and gossip undercut the authenticity of what they profess. 

Over the next three weeks we will explore Acts 6:1-7 and discover insights for success in the three critical arenas of Ministry, Business and Community. 

Feeding the 5,000 - #9 Waste Nothing

Posted by Dan Bolin on May 28, 2014 @ 12:29

At the conclusion of the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus instructed his disciple to collect the leftovers with the command, Let nothing go to waste.  (John 6:12)  After everyone was stuffed, there were 12 baskets full of leftover bread – one for each disciple.

Stewardship is an expectation of the Christian life.  As God’s supreme creation, the job of superintending this world falls to us.  We are to rule over the work of God’s hands and do our best to, Let nothing be waste.  Unfortunately, we have not always done a great job of caring for God’s creation.  God expects us to use what He has made and to enjoy His creation – but He wants us to use it well.   

The physical world is only the beginning.  Responsibility and good stewardship go far beyond what we see and touch.  Jesus’ command is to, Let nothing be wasted.  Nothing is a big word; it encompasses our games, our singing, our staff training, our registration, our meal times, our Bible studies, our campfires and every other aspect of camp.  

So, how do we, in the Christian camping world, Let nothing be wasted?  The answer is – intentionality.  The more that we design each part of camp to express our values and fulfill our biblical commitments, the more we will redeem each moment and use them effectively.  The more intentionally we design and implement our camp experiences, the more we will see our efforts multiplied and the more our campers and guests will benefit from camp.  

Let nothing go to waste, also addresses the spiritual needs of our campers and staff.  Camp provides a wonderful place for spiritual decisions and commitments.  Opportunities for deep, life-changing discussions should not be wasted.  Bible studies, devotional times, and sermons, should be well designed to meet campers’ needs with biblical truth.  

But just as important are the components of the camp experience that some might not define as spiritual.  I resist camps constructing chapels on their property – not because I don’t like Bible teaching, singing or devotions – I love them.  I just worry that a chapel building makes the subtle statement, “This is where we do God things – and out there life is different”.  Camp is a great place to weave our Christian commitment into the full fabric of life. What does the Christian life look like when we are waiting for dinner and the food is late?  What does the Christian life look like when the rain washes out our favorite game?  What does the Christian life look like when a slow hiker delays our return and we miss swimming class?  Let nothing be wasted.  Those are wonderful learning opportunities that should never go to waste. 

Feeding the 5,000 - #8 - Gratitude

Posted by Dan Bolin on May 06, 2014 @ 20:46

Gratitude is ultimately about our view of God and ourselves.  When we are satisfied and our needs are met, we either forget our dependency on God or respond with a heart of thanks.  We can assume the good things in our lives are the result of our own strengths or we can remember that God is the giver of all we have. An ungrateful heart is at best confused and at worse corrupt. 

Jesus didn’t have much to work with – a few fish and a few pieces of bread.  A pittance in light of the crowd of 5,000 hungry people. Yet he was grateful.

What does gratitude look like?  And what does gratitude do?

I grew up in a Christian home and in a Baptist church. I learned how to pray; every head bowed every eye closed – that’s how it is done.  But Mark records this account of Jesus’ prayer of gratitude. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. (Mark 6:41)

Jesus, with eyes wide open and head raised, he looked toward heaven.  What an odd posture for prayer, but what a powerful posture for gratitude.

Gratitude starts with dependency, our recognition that we are needy and must rely on God’s provision to survive physically or spiritually. 

Once we are aware of our neediness, gratitude quickly refocuses our attention on the provider.  Jesus could have looked at the fish and bread and been demoralized.  With the disciples he could have asked, “How far will they go among so many?”  Instead of looking down, focusing on the meager resources available to him, he looked up to the One who could supply all he ever needed.

Camp ministry never has enough stuff – limited money, limited space, limited equipment, limited staff, limited ____ (you fill in the blank).  We serve in a context where needs outstrip our resources every time. But we also serve a big God.  We have a choice, we can look down at the fish and bread or we can look up to God. 

Not only did Jesus look to his Father to provide all he needed, he gave thanks.  I think he thanked God for two things; first the lunch that a little boy had sacrificed, and second for having a Father who could multiply the little to do much. 

As Christian camping leaders, we must never fall prey to the lie that we don’t have enough.  A few cabins, a few acres of open land, an ill-equipped kitchen, volunteer staff and out of date technology – that’s enough.  God can multiply our faithful availability, sacrificial contributions, and willing service. 

Comparing yourself to the big camp down the road means that your eyes are focused on your limits and not our limitless God. Take your fish and bread, recognize that they may not be much, but make them available to God. Thank Him for what you have; thank Him for who He is, and thank Him for what He can do.  And then with a heart full of gratitude, run camp; see how He will multiply the little you provide to make a huge impact for eternity. 

Feeding of the 5,000 - #7 Inability

Posted by Dan Bolin on April 01, 2014 @ 15:08

Christian camping is not difficult, it is impossible. 

The disciples were ready to call it a day.  They were tired and eager to see the crowds melt into the countryside or surrounding villages.  Piling on to their misery, Jesus put a totally unrealistic demand upon them, he said, “You give them something to eat.”    

Give them something to eat?  Out here?  With no food and no cooking utensils or equipment? Not even a store for miles around! I imagine the disciples reacted with incredulity and exasperation when Jesus put a seemingly unrealistic demand upon them.  Feeding hungry people is no easy chore and not something you want to address at the last minute. 

I remember how helpless I felt years ago when the roads iced over and about 100 teenagers and leaders were stranded at camp for an extra night.  We had no back-up meal for 100+ and no idea how to feed them dinner.  But we soon cobbled together an unlikely combination; using leftovers and snippets, some ate hamburgers, some spaghetti and others enjoyed pancakes.  It was not a perfect evening but we made it work and gasped a huge sigh of relief when the dishes were done.  We had cold cereal and milk for breakfast; and the roads cleared in time for them to leave late morning.   

Even in the best of situations food service is tough.  Say a camp has 200 campers and staff; that’s only 4% of the challenge faced by the disciples.  Camping leaders have weeks or months to prepare for meals and delivery trucks roll up to the back door of the kitchen.  Stoves, burners, kettles, refrigerators, sinks, running water and a host of other conveniences help in today’s food preparation.  Preparing group meals is always a chore but it is part of the routine of camp and there are systems that help and trained staff to lead the way. 

With almost no resources and no idea what to do, the disciples were charged with feeding 5,000 hungry guests.  That’s impossible! 

But they forgot one critical fact.  Jesus is Jesus. 

There are two complementary principles that we need to remember when facing the impossible – in our personal lives or in our ministries.  First, life and ministry are impossible without Jesus.  Jesus said so.  He directly stated the fact, Apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5b).  

The second gives us the positive complement.  Paul reminds us, I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)   

What Jesus was teaching the disciples, and us, is that if you are going to feed 5,000 people, you need to depend on him.  And he wanted them to remember that if we are dependent upon him – we can feed 5,000 hungry people. 

Christian camping is a busy, hands-on ministry; meals to cook, beds to make, toilets to clean, fences to mend, lawns to mow, Bible studies to teach, letters to write, and on and on.  Forgetting that Jesus is Jesus is an easy mistake.  The pressure and intensity of ministry can distract us from dependency; the demands of hospitality ministry can lead us to the false belief that success or failure rides on our shoulders.   

But God expects our best.  In humble dependency we are called to do the impossible – feed 5,000 hungry guests with nothing.  Nothing except Jesus. 

Feeding of the 5,000 - #7 Inability

Posted by Dan Bolin on April 01, 2014 @ 15:08

 

Christian camping is not difficult, it is impossible.

 

The disciples were ready to call it a day.  They were tired and eager to see the crowds melt into the countryside or surrounding villages.  Piling on to their misery, Jesus put a totally unrealistic demand upon them, he said, “You give them something to eat.”  

 

Give them something to eat?  Out here?  With no food and no cooking utensils or equipment? Not even a store for miles around! I imagine the disciples reacted with incredulity and exasperation when Jesus put a seemingly unrealistic demand upon them.  Feeding hungry people is no easy chore and not something you want to address at the last minute.

 

I remember how helpless I felt years ago when the roads iced over and about 100 teenagers and leaders were stranded at camp for an extra night.  We had no back-up meal for 100+ and no idea how to feed them dinner.  But we soon cobbled together an unlikely combination; using leftovers and snippets, some ate hamburgers, some spaghetti and others enjoyed pancakes.  It was not a perfect evening but we made it work and gasped a huge sigh of relief when the dishes were done.  We had cold cereal and milk for breakfast; and the roads cleared in time for them to leave late morning. 

 

Even in the best of situations food service is tough.  Say a camp has 200 campers and staff; that’s only 4% of the challenge faced by the disciples.  Camping leaders have weeks or months to prepare for meals and delivery trucks roll up to the back door of the kitchen.  Stoves, burners, kettles, refrigerators, sinks, running water and a host of other conveniences help in today’s food preparation.  Preparing group meals is always a chore but it is part of the routine of camp and there are systems that help and trained staff to lead the way.

 

With almost no resources and no idea what to do, the disciples were charged with feeding 5,000 hungry guests.  That’s impossible!

 

But they forgot one critical fact.  Jesus is Jesus.

 

There are two complementary principles that we need to remember when facing the impossible – in our personal lives or in our ministries.  First, life and ministry are impossible without Jesus.  Jesus said so.  He directly stated the fact, Apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5b).

 

The second gives us the positive complement.  Paul reminds us, I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13) 

 

What Jesus was teaching the disciples, and us, is that if you are going to feed 5,000 people, you need to depend on him.  And he wanted them to remember that if we are dependent upon him – we can feed 5,000 hungry people.

 

Christian camping is a busy, hands-on ministry; meals to cook, beds to make, toilets to clean, fences to mend, lawns to mow, Bible studies to teach, letters to write, and on and on.  Forgetting that Jesus is Jesus is an easy mistake.  The pressure and intensity of ministry can distract us from dependency; the demands of hospitality ministry can lead us to the false belief that success or failure rides on our shoulders. 

 

But God expects our best.  In humble dependency we are called to do the impossible – feed 5,000 hungry guests with nothing.  Nothing except Jesus.

 

Feeding of the 5,000 - #6 Large Groups, Small Groups and Individual

Posted by Dan Bolin on March 04, 2014 @ 14:47

When Jesus interacted with the 5,000 he did so on three levels; large groups, small groups and individuals.  His compassion motivated him to teach the 5,000 but at times he broke the throng into groups of 50 to 100.  He worked with His 12 disciples and also had personal conversations with Andrew, Phillip and a little boy who gave his lunch.  At different times and for different purposes he maintained the mass of 5,000 people, divided them into small groups or talked personally with individuals.

If we have learned anything in the last 50 years of educational research, it is that not everyone learns the same way.  Some learn best listening to a lecture while others learn through discussion and interaction.  Still others learn through physical activity or some other personal approach.  Some camps design their instruction to reflect how the leader prefers to learn rather than how the campers might best be taught.  Some camps are designed around large group, platform presentations; others build around a decentralized, small group based discussion format; while others are committed to one-on-one dialogues and personal interaction.

Let’s look at each of these approaches.

Platform ministry is tried and true.  One-way communication has been the mainstay of persuasive speech since long before Peter saw 3,000 saved at Pentecost.  Preaching is a wonderful method of communication, it allows gifted and trained presenters to share truth effectively and powerfully.  Lecturing is efficient allowing one well-informed instructor to communicate truth quickly and consistently.  But in a world that is increasingly interactive, lecture style teaching has a hard time engaging listeners - at least for very long.  Many find large groups easy places to hide – hearing the truth but avoiding any personal interaction with it. 

Small groups allow people to learn in settings that are less threatening and more interactive.  Ideas can flow and new thoughts seem to emerge as others talk – sometimes new thoughts are born as we hear ourselves talk.  But too often small group leaders are poorly trained and ill equipped to do more than encourage others to share their thoughts.  Pooled ignorance is still ignorance.  At times small group leaders may lack the core biblical or theological knowledge to guide the discussion.  They may also lack training in small group facilitation.  A poorly trained leader may allow an outspoken person to hijack the discussion or fail to engage everyone in the conversation so that some participants avoid the vulnerability of contributing their thoughts and opinions.

One-on-one conversations provide a wonderful opportunity for open conversations.  In the safety of a confidential conversation challenges can be presented, questions asked, and sins confessed.  But it takes time – lots of time.  Counselors, pastors, teachers and friends invest enormous amounts of time listening to problems and offering godly solutions.  One person cannot begin to engage every needy person in a private, personal context. 

Christian camps provide opportunities for ministry on all three levels.  Camps offer a grand mixture of large group proclamation, small group interaction, and private conversations.  Large groups present the opportunity for each camper to hear truth presented in an accurate and powerful manner.  The large group setting gives strength and gravitas to the message.  Small group discussions provide the setting where truth can weave its way into life.  Shared ideas and new perspectives provide deeper and richer opportunities for people to apply God’s truth to their lives.  Personal conversations allow individuals to find a safe place to share the deep concerns and hidden secrets of their hearts.  These one-on-one conversations provide a secure forum for confession of sin and an opportunity to present new challenges and make new commitments. 

Jesus’ heart of compassion led him to teach the 5,000, interact with small groups, and talk privately with individuals.  Camps do well when they follow his example and build their ministry around all three levels of interaction. 

Feeding the 5,000 - #5 Staff and Campers

Posted by Dan Bolin on February 03, 2014 @ 15:00

Jesus and his disciples were headed for some well-deserved time away, when 5,000 people interrupted their staff retreat.  What was Jesus to do -- meet the needs of the 12 or work with the 5,000?  Yes!           

Camps feel the tension of serving both camper and staff.  Too often they migrate in one direction or the other focusing their attention on the campers at the expense of the staff, or the campers become guinea pigs for staff development and ministry training.

In my early years as a camp director, I was all about the campers.  I held staff meetings, lead Bible studies, and arranged special events for the staff; but my work with these employees was always to ensure that they were spiritually prepared, physically ready, and emotionally strong to meet the needs of the campers and guests.  Without minimizing my concern for the campers, I would have been more intentional with my ministry to the staff – not just so they could serve campers, but so they could become all that God designed them to be.

Despite my camper-centric approach, I often meet many of those summer staff members who are now pastors, youth workers, missionaries, Christian counselors and leaders in so many walks of life.  Camp was a gateway for many of them to learn ministry skills, discover their spiritual gifts, and sense God’s call on their lives.  For many it was their first step into a ministry career, and for many more it was the first step into a life of service and spiritual engagement.  Even though I lacked intentionality, God worked (as He does) and camp provided significant benefits for the staff members as well as the campers.

Let’s never forget, there would be no camp without campers and guests.  No doubt about it, camps exist to provide a setting where God works in amazing ways in the hearts of campers.  Some come with rebellious hearts, others with serious life questions, many just drift into camp, happy to be away from home and with their friends for a week.  They all need Jesus.  Some meet him for the first time, others renew and deepen their acquaintance, and still others make life choices to serve Him in passionate and powerful ways. 

Campers come and go; but oftentimes summer staff members stay for several weeks if not all summer.  The combined effect of week upon week of service, supervision, pressure, relationships, and consistent spiritual input leaves indelible marks on the lives of staff members.  For many it is the first time they have lead a Bible Study, shared their testimony, presented the gospel, or prayed in public.  For all it is a time of stress and challenge.  Camp is often the crucible in which God shapes lives for long-term service. 

Camp is for the 5,000 and the 12; it is for campers and staff members.  Camp leaders must be intentional and design spiritual growth opportunities for everyone at camp – both campers and staff.  

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