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Upcoming Events

The following programs are sponsored or endorsed by the Outdoor Ministries Association.

Sustainable Pathways
September 9-12, 2018
The 2018 Sustainable Pathways event will be held at Calvin Center (Hampton, GA), just 40 minutes from the Atlanta airport. The event on September 9-12 will focus on two important themes: Creation care and diversity. Please check out the program brochure to learn more about this event and register. Sustainable Pathways offers training and equipping events focused on a specific element of camp, conference, and retreat ministry leadership. The event is open to leaders from all denominations.

Compass Points :: Non-Profit Business Management
October 14-17, 2018
This certificate class will cover a wide range of topics relevant to the managing a non-profit business including communications, governance, risk management, finances, and a basic business plan. This course will be held at Kavanaugh Conference and Retreat Center (Crestwood, KY) and will be taught by Dan Scheneman of Heartland Presbyterian Center (Parkville, MO) and Lauri SoJourner of Lake Logan Conference Center (Canton, NC). You can learn more about this program (and the entire Compass Points certification program) by going to

Compass Points :: Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value
October 17-20, 2018

This certificate class will focus on the importance of a camp and retreat center’s mission. Course content will include the development, implementation, and articulation of a mission statement. Learners will discover how this statement helps drive and shape all aspect of ministry at a camp and retreat center. This program will be held at Kavanaugh Conference and Retreat Center (Crestwood, KY).. This course will be taught by Randy Youngquist-Thurow of Agape/Kure Beach Ministries (Fuquay-Varina, NC) and Cat Holbert of Lazy W Ranch (San Juan Capistrano, CA). You can learn more about this class (and the entire Compass Points certification program) by going to

PCCCA Annual Conference
November 11-16, 2018
The Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association has invited OMA-UCC members to attend the 2018 PCCCA Annual Conference at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center in Zephyr Point, NV. Nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, on a half-mile of Lake Tahoe shoreline, Zephyr Point is one of the most beautiful retreat centers in all the world. The theme for the conference is "More Than Enough" which will explore the abundance we find amidst scarcity. You can learn more about the event by checking out the save-the-date card at

Focus Event
November 30 - December 2, 2018
Do you know someone who is considering a call to camp and conference ministry? The Focus Event will be held at Pecometh Camp and Retreat Ministries (Centreville, MD) on November 30 - December 2. This program provides the opportunity to learn more about this ministry, to meet folks in the field, and to spend time exploring God's call. The weekend includes workshops, worship, a question-and-answer session, information about current job openings, a tour of Pecometh, and a panel discussion. For just $85, participants will receive two nights lodging, four meals, airport shuttles, and a 2019 membership in PCCCA. To learn more about this event, please check out the brochure. You can use that form to register with a check or register online with a credit card.

Program Connection
February 5-9, 2019
Program Connection is the annual gathering of program-minded people from camps and conference centers across the continent. The 2019 event will be held at Johnsonburg Camp and Retreat Center (Johnsonburg, NJ). We invite all Program Directors, Summer Camp Directors, Program Staff and anyone who has an interest in programming in the Christian camp and conference context to attend. Come share the great ideas your site has successfully implemented, as well as learn from other camps and conference centers. The schedule will include time for sharing, discussion, hands-on activities, workshops, and plenty of fellowship time! Discussion topics are decided by participants at the start of the event, so sessions are aimed at what you need to learn or what you want to share. Come prepared to learn, to share, and to have fun! The brochure for this program has not yet been released, but you can learn more about the 2019 event by contacting Tom Paradise.

OMC Great Gathering - RelationSHIFT
November 10-14, 2019
The Outdoor Ministries Connection is offering the Great Gathering which will bring together all of the denominations for a huge joint conference. The event will be held at Lake Junaluska, the Methodist conference and retreat center in Lake Junaluska, NC. The theme of the conference is RelationSHIFT. As our society and churches shift around us, Outdoor Ministries must find new ways to collaborate in our nurture of fellow disciples on their journeys.We are excited to have OMA-UCC as a part of the largest ecumenical gathering of outdoor ministry leaders in history. While there will be much to learn from the other denominations, there will still be time for OMA-UCC to gather within this event. Kaila Russell of Pilgrim Firs and Tiffany Ludwig of Moon Beach are the OMA representatives to the joint planning team. Some details about the event can be found here.