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

Compass Points :: Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value
February 26 - March 1, 2017
This 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 Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center, the Presbyterian site in York, SC. 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 event (and register) by checking out the program website.

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

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

Consult XXI
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.