In 10 years of youth ministry, there were few things that I witnessed to be more powerful and effective in reaching teenagers for the gospel than a dynamic youth camp experience. If it’s a one-time deal, where a student goes to camp but remains disconnected from the church community from there forward, it really isn’t that productive. But in a local church context, where students engage in a dynamic youth community that meets every week, camps are absolutely vital.
At LifePoint over the last three years we have seen hundreds of students connect to our youth ministry for the first time through camps. Following up on that experience, we have seen nearly 100 baptized in the last 2 years in the weeks following our camps, all of whom then have the opportunity to connect into a youth culture in our local church where they can experience discipleship and health as a part of the family of God.
REV Winter Camp is upon us. The theme this year is “It’s Personal.” The speaker will be Clark Clervois, a good friend of Pastor Drew’s and a great youth pastor at Calvary Christian Church in Lynnfield, MA. Carissa and I attended and served with the staff at Calvary from 2003-2006. I first met Clark a little over 7 years ago when he came out as an intern to one of our youth camps in Olympia. He is a dynamic communicator, and will bring the gospel clearly and faithfully to our students.