Early in my years as a camp director, my approach to staff training was influenced by a couple of staff comments. The first was by a counselor from a public university. She was extraordinary in her passion – a great counselor. She mentioned how much it meant to her to receive the biblical ministry training for camp. “It’s the opportunity that I don’t receive by going to a Christian College,” she said. The second came from one of this gal’s disciple’s. As a support staff member who saw the counselors being trained, she asked “why couldn’t support staff receive some of this basic training to be ready when a camper opportunity came.
Staff Training begins the discipleship design flow of your Christian camp program. By reaching your staff first, you are teaching them to become makers of disciples in your program.
Making a disciple is a process and your training demonstrates the process you expect to replicate. From the moment they show up on the property you begin the demonstration by engaging them in building a relationship. With relationships begun, the training begins using a sequential process of building the disciple making skills needed in camp. This includes how to use your program as a tool to reach youth for Christ. The flow of staff training demonstrates how your program builds outreach opportunity each week of camp.
The final two segments of training motivate staff and plug them in. Passion for service comes from the Lord, but it’s your intentional planning that provides the atmosphere for this to happen. You plan your program to connect youth to the gospel and motivate them to serve. Your training process is the guiding model for staff to use. By reaching staff hearts you commission them to reach camper hearts.
Each staff member, regardless of position needs to know how they fit into the discipleship making process. Staff want to know how they plug into the result of bringing each camper to Christ. God’s plan is for every staff member to be a part of the discipleship process.
I cringe when I see randomly scheduled training programs. They show a lack of intentional effort to make a difference. Determine the flow of your program and let the discipleship process begin.