You know what your physical overhead is; your building cost, staff cost and other fiscal realities. But what about your ministry overhead, do you know what your human relationship need is for ministry effectiveness?
All the methods we use, the programs, toys, special events, have an overhead impact on the ministry of the human touch. For each method or activity that adds a special training requirement we diminish the ministry touch. This is the human overhead that either adds to or takes away from the relational contact with campers. Like applying a band aid to a wound, healing hearts requires our camp staff to act as healing servants with their personal touch (think ad-minister).
Many programs have become so cluttered with new program and method that the staff relationship is squeezed out. The more we have to specially train staff for an event, the less that staff member is able to spend relational time with the camper.
Ministry happens when God’s servant (camp staff), relationally touches the life of a camper so that the Word of God is heard and received. Most servant ministry happens when there is one on one opportunity to share.
Special activity functions often remove the counselor from a relationship position to become that of a facilitator. When counselors become facilitators to create movement they lose their relationship position. The more we train for the activity, the more removed we become from the camper and the ability to touch. Ministry overhead gets added without adding relational ministry strength to our program. This is why I believe simple relational programs are more effective.
Our best effort in training leaders should focus more on asking the Holy Spirit to create a holy love for the souls we minister to. This requires plenty of opportunity to engage in meaningful relationships. Relaxed schedules, fewer activities and lower camper to counselor ratios are desired. The intent is to allow for more personal interaction. There will be more time for listening, responding and sharing the hope of the Gospel.