Redefining Camp Ministry as Experiential Laboratory for Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development

From: Volume 7, Issue 1: Spring 2010, Experiential Learning Pages 144-161


This paper critiques contemporary Christian camp ministry, outlining its strengths and weaknesses, and suggests a paradigm to address the needs of individuals and churches in our rapidly changing culture. A philosophical framework that utilizes the principles of temporary community, experiential education, and the outdoor environment is discussed. A case is made for utilizing camp ministry as a vital equipping center for the development of future leaders for the church and society worldwide through creative partnerships between camps and Christian colleges.



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