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Upcoming Events

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

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
January 13-18, 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! You can learn more about this event (and register) by checking out the program brochure.


Maintenance Connection
February 25 - March 1, 2019
Are you looking to add another tool to your camp and conference ministry toolbox? The Maintenance Connection is designed to do just that. This annual event will be held on February 25 - March 1 at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, OR (about 22 miles east of Portland). This unique conference is intended for Camp Directors, Managers, Maintenance Staff, and all those who are responsible for the upkeep and repair of Christian camps and conference centers throughout North America. Our time together will feature opportunities for fellowship, worship, visits to other sites, and learning from professionals and each other. You can learn more about this event (and register) by checking out the program brochure.


Compass Points :: Biblical and Theological Foundations
March 10-15, 2019
What makes our church camps so uniquely wonderful and sets us apart from other camping organizations is our firm foundation in our beliefs as Christians. This course will enable participants to deepen their knowledge and strengthen their understanding of our biblical and theological roots as the core value for all that we do in our outdoor ministry settings. This course will be held at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) and will be taught by seminary faculty, Martha Moore-Keish and Brennan Breed. You can learn more about this program by going to www.compasspointsprogram.org.


Compass Points :: Program Design and Implementation
March 15-18, 2019

Program is the most important facet of outdoor ministry. From determining the need for a program to evaluating the final product, today’s camp and retreat leaders need to be knowledgeable in how programs are designed and implemented. This course will focus on an overview of human growth and development in relation to outdoor ministry, and will look at program models and how they serve as an extension of a ministry’s mission statement. Participants will also study how our summer programs can be part of a year-round ministry. 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 more about this program (and register) by going to www.compasspointsprogram.org.


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. You can learn more about this event by going to the conference website.