The Power To Excite

If you do a straw poll in your church amongst adult believers to find out how many people either came to faith at a camp, or had the initial foundations of their commitment and subsequent growth as young believers you may be surprised at just how many of those encounters happened whilst at a camp.  The missional debate has tended to overlook some of the traditional ways in people have encountered God over the years through the ministry of our churches. Christian campsites host a large amount of school groups and other groups made up of people totally outside of the church. We’ve seen plenty of of christian campsites fall by the wayside as the focus of the church turns towards other fronts, or campsites who haven’t quite worked out how to mix business with ministry and seen their campsites emphasize the dollar rather than the Gospel as a matter of survival. (more…)