My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.- James 2:2
Some points for consideration in introducing this topic
- There are 52 Sundays in the year, and we treasure every one of them
- Ecumenical events (like interchurch mens’ meetings) should be every day but Sunday
- Leaders like camps because they are concentrated times to build team, but they too should work around Sundays
- When your numbers get very big, we often forget the polarisation effect of splitting a family up into the campers (40% if you are lucky) and the non campers. Something to learn from the Alpha course is the fact that those who miss the Holy Spirit weekend don’t often come back.
- Leadership camps and camps for subsets like “dads and lads” have a place, but when a church gets over 200 family camps are not as helpful as you might think.
Never have a camp on a Sunday
If you do it as an elder, you are saying:
- Sunday is going to be sacrificed.
- Mission is sacrificed, even if it’s only 1 day in a week.
- Every connect group, band, and youth leader should also copy your strategy and have a camp to build team. In our church, if we open that door we could have multiple camps going on every weekend.
- The 40% who sign up are more important than the 60 % who don’t.
So how do you “camp within these parameters”?
- Choose a venue close enough to camp from Friday to Saturday & meet at church on Sunday
- Choose a date where a public holiday falls on Thursday or Friday and camp Thursday , Friday and Saturday.
- If you can’t do the above, don’t try to camp with multitudes.