Category Archives: The Big Picture

Taking the things we call operations and focusing them on the heart of our ministry.

Let the Children Come to Me, Do Not Hinder Them

Our neighbor’s children are free to come and play in our yard. We’ve given them permission to do so. They bring their imagination, play and energy into our lives and we enjoy their laughter and the conversation coming from their … Continue reading

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Successful Failure

We spend a lot of our lives doing the impossible – trying to perform for God. This became real to me sitting on a hillside a few years back. The moment is still indelibly etched into my memory. My mind … Continue reading

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Lost at Camp Amusement

I know a boy who went to camp for the first time last summer. He’s not going back. This makes me sad. Here is his story. I got out of the house, away to camp and the great outdoors. Here … Continue reading

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Memo to Camp Directors: Know When to Call a Time Out

Memo: To: My Camp Ministry Friends (anyone in ministry at some point in time) Re: Busy Summer Schedule Fr: A Friend Who Knows Da: Start of Summer Ministry I miss being in your shoes. It’s camp time; the time camp … Continue reading

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The Power of Simple Camp Ministry

Camp in its outdoor setting away from daily chaos is meant to be a simple ministry. The example from the early church gives us a simple pattern for ministry. Camp as a ministry supports local churches and should reflect good … Continue reading

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Hands on Learning – Opening Minds to Understand

The informal hands on learning experience that happens at camp attracted me to outdoor ministry. That’s a big reason I often write an “Inspired by Creation” post; it has some kind of informal “on the trail” Bible life application. This … Continue reading

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Mission Success or Ministry Failure

Author and speaker Warren Wiersbe gives us a good reminder that in ministry today we often judge our success by business growth standards, manufacturing mentality and market success. All of these successes can mask or be rationalized as great victories. … Continue reading

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