Designing Camp Staff Training, Part 1

You design your camp ministry program with the expectation of God changing a camper’s life. That’s the focus of virtually all your promotion. For this to become a reality, a staff must train to produce this life change. Camp staff training is a mirror that reflects forward to your program results. They serve as your ministering disciples, so you must train them to reflect your unique ministry design.

Soon you will begin to recruit and hire next summer’s ministry staff. You will attempt to find young people who best reflect your image of a disciple. Even more attention should be spent creating a staff disciple program that trains to meet your camp objectives. If training does not reflect your program expectations, your staff will become frustrated as the summer unfolds. Frustration comes from not being able to identify the program purpose and its process.

To introduce a series about staff training, here are three foundational concepts for you to formulate meaningful staff training.
1. Your training should reflect the flow of your program design so that they will personally identify the program as a process contributing to personal spiritual growth.
2. Training should also reflect the discipleship design that you have for reaching out to campers and bringing them to a walk with Jesus.
3. At the end of your training time, the spiritual work accomplished in staff lives should reflects the outcomes you expect to see happen in campers lives as a result of your program.

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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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