Finding Compassionate Camp Staff

The staff you hire for camp this summer, especially your counselors, must fulfill criteria to meet the needs of your unique program. For the camp ministry meeting the spiritual needs of the human heart, no matter how unique your program, one characteristic must be found. That characteristic is compassion.

The servant’s heart for ministry has the core component of compassion for the lost soul. Jesus looked at the multitude that came to witness His miracles and saw the greater need, their hopelessly lost spiritual condition, and looked upon them with compassion. Paul wrote intimate letters of compassion to his beloved brethren in the churches he established at Philippi and Thessalonica. Compassion is needed in the heart of camp counselors to see campers through the eyes of Christ. Compassion compels them to enter into relationships with campers to reveal the life changing power of the gospel message.

How do we find these compassionate camp counselors? Most of you interviewing potential staff have a set of questions that you use in the discerning process. Good questions are a window into the soul. Here’s an approach that might give you a window to a compassionate heart.

Go to your camps photo stock and find three with faces that elicit a poignant response when viewed. Choose photos that give different emotional cues and come from your varying camp audience. Ask potential counselors to respond to each photo. A basic question can be asked such as, “what do you see in this picture?” or “what do you think of when you see this picture?”

Try this and see if it doesn’t help give you a glimpse into the window of compassion in your potential staff. See beyond the application, its photo and list of accomplishments. Seek to find the ministry heart and potential of your staff.

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About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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2 Responses to Finding Compassionate Camp Staff

  1. Good idea! I haven’t done this, but I will give it a try.

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