by Dan Bolin
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:
Thrive as a ministry that impacts lives.
Pay its bills and operate effectively.
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.
Ministry is happening: evangelism, prayer, Bible study, service to the poor, and leadership development are all in play.
Business practices are evident: priority setting, delegation, staff recruiting, limited resource allocation, and empowerment are evident in these verses.
And community is in play as well: self-serving decisions, potential divisions, cultural insensitivity, meetings, collaboration, and unity manifest themselves.