Project Documents

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Barry Gane

Second Advisor

Marc Woodson

Third Advisor

Richard Sylvester

Abstract

Problem. Many churches realize that large numbers of their young people are not engaged in their congregations. In response to this trend, churches look to local conferences for help. Unfortunately, few conferences have developed models for engaging, equipping, training, and retaining young people.

Method. Develop a program at Leoni Meadows camp to increase the effectiveness in developing leaders who are more fully committed to Jesus Christ through camping ministries.

Result. Increased the spiritual awareness among camp counselors, creating a desire for many to develop a deeper relationship with God and share His love with others.

Conclusions. Camping ministry is unique because it allows young adults to immerse themselves in an environment that is totally different from their daily routine: the ministry is intense, the friendships are long lasting, the level of responsibility is high, and the rewards are unlimited. Young people who work in healthy camp environments want to stay connected to their friends, the church community, and to Jesus.

Subject Area

Church work with youth, Church work with young adults, Young adults--Religious life, Camping

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