The following programs are sponsored or endorsed by the Outdoor Ministries Association.
Compass Points :: Personnel and Leadership
March 1-4, 2017
The focus of this class is Christian leadership, which is key to effective camp and conference ministry. Participants will explore staffing models that achieve both programmatic and mission goals. An introduction into human resource issues and staff development will be covered. This program will be held at Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center, the Presbyterian site in York, SC. The faculty for this class is Bill Bourdon, formerly of Blowing Rock Conference Center (Blowing Rock, NC) and Susan Troutman who retired recently from NovusWay Ministries (Arden, NC). You can learn about this Compass Points program (and register) at www.compasspointsprogram.org.
Interim Executive Director Training Event
May 8-12, 2017
This event will be held at Lutherdale Bible Camp (Elkhorn, WI) on May 8-12. The time-tested best practices of interim ministry will be presented within the unique context of outdoor ministry organizations. Included in the course content will be core philosophies of interim ministry, process tasks of the interim executive director, and the organizational development tasks of coming to terms with history, identity, vision, and future leadership. The intentionally small group size will provide opportunities for interactive discussion and learning. This event is offered by Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in cooperation with their Outdoor Ministries Connection partners (which includes OMA-UCC). You can learn more about this program (and register) by checking out the event brochure
Compass Points :: Biblical and Theological Foundations
October 15-18, 2017
This certification course will explore biblical foundations, methods of interpretation and resources for scriptural study within the unique context of camp and conference ministry. Participants will be introduced to the basics of theology, an overview of historical creeds, and how theology shapes the practice of ministry in our camp and conference centers. This course will be held at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) and will be taught by seminary faculty, Mardee Rightmyer and Richard Floyd. You can learn more about this program (and register) by going to www.compasspointsprogram.org.
Compass Points :: Program Design and Implementation
October 18-21, 2017
Course content will include an overview of human growth and developmental in relation to Christian education. Learners will encounter a variety of models of teaching, as well as methods of curriculum and program development, interpretation, implementation, and evaluation in a camp and conference setting. Participants will explore camp, conference and retreat models and how they are an extension of a ministry’s mission statement. The course will be held at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) and will be taught by seminary faculty, Dr. Kathy Dawson and Joel Winchip. You can learn about this Compass Points program (and register) by going to www.compasspointsprogram.org.
November 6-10, 2017
Silver Lake Conference Center (Sharon, CT) will be the host for Consult XXI which will be held on November 6-10. This is the bi-annual gathering of camp and conference center leaders and supporters, of the UCC and eccumenical friends. We are thrilled that the President and General Minister of the UCC, Rev. John C. Dorhauer, will be joining us for this event. Please watch the website for more information as the planning team continues to work out all the details, but you can click here to learn more about the conference.
January 21-26, 2018
Program Connection is the annual gathering of program-minded people from camps and conference centers across the continent. The 2018 event will be held at Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI). 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 event is not yet available, but you can contact Laura Pine at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.