Tuesday, November 9 from 10:45am - 12:00pm

Re-Shaping Our Fundraising

By Evan Moilan

In the last 18 months we saw a clear pattern, donors that were at the center stepped up and gave more generously than ever; and donors that were on the edges slipped further away. As organization's emerge from COVID, they have an opportunity to move past what they have always done, and take on today's best practices to strengthen the support of their mission. Whether you are a fundraising novice, or a seasoned veteran, this session will share the data on generosity in the world today and practical advice for first steps and needed modifications for your fundraising efforts.

Evan Moilan is a consultant with GSB Fundraising. He has 24 years of experience with executive leadership and board service for non-profits across the United States. Evan is known of his expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, board development, governance, marketing, and branding. Prior to joining GSB Fundraising, he served as Chief Mission Officer for Upbring. a multi-state Christian social service agency in Texas. Additionally, Evan has served in Executive leadership and development roles with a diverse array of non-profits from Christian camp and retreat centers to international global relief agencies. He currently holds a Certified Fundraising Executive credential and serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

The Dutchman’s Rope: Physical Distancing and Other Best Practices for Real-World In-Person Gatherings

By Jim Cain

Can you create connection without contact? Absolutely, using the techniques and activities featured in Dr. Jim Cain’s latest book.

Dr. Jim Cain is a teambuilding guru and the author of 24 well-loved texts on team and community building activities from around the world, including five new books he wrote during the pandemic. His real-world, in-person, train-the-trainer programs are legendary in the adventure-based learning community and his virtual presentations are popular around the world. Jim’s forte is building unity, community and connection, three things that are definitely in great need after the recent pandemic. He is a frequent presenter at American Camp Association conferences and was part of the leadership at the OMC Great Gathering at Lake Junaluska in 2019. In the past 10 years, Jim has presented more than 1500 programs in 49 states and 28 countries.

Healing: It's a Super Power of Camp

By David Gill

The prototypical activities of overnight camps and retreats are connection to nature, Christian community, creative worship, getting “away” physical recreation, etc. These are all healing in and of themselves. Add some intentionality and we have all the elements of something transformative to offer a world that desperately needs healing.

David Gill served as Executive Director at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center (Little Rock) for 20 years and the Board President of PCCCA for a term. He is a member of the National Response Team for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. He directed eight healing camps for student survivors of school violence. He now considers himself the Volunteer Director of Mowing and Weed Eating at Ferncliff.

Crafting Sacred Rituals for Meaning-Making in Youth Groups

By Andrea Thomas

In the past year and a half, many of us struggled through painful experiences of grief, sickness, isolation, and injustice that have left us feeling completely disembodied and disconnected. Adults and teens alike crave meaning: something tangible to process and release the experiences we are holding, and to reconnect to ourselves, to other people, to a sense of justice, and to God. This workshop will discuss how to craft practical, meaningful rituals for your youth group that are developmentally appropriate, theologically-relevant, and community-oriented in order to hold space for our painful experiences. We will also participate in a meaning-making ritual together.

Andrea Thomas is the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. She is a certified yoga instructor and teaches a weekly, free community yoga class at Mallard Creek. Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and Ministry from Boston College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Gardner-Webb University. She has completed a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, where she specialized in behavioral health chaplaincy with kids and teens. Andrea loves feminist science fiction and fantasy literature, embodied spirituality, and cycling. She is passionate about helping youth and children discover and share God’s love in their lives, in the here and now.

Telling the Stories of Women in Ministry

By Elise Bates Russell, Maria Shupe, and Bri Payne

You are invited to join us for an opportunity to share your story as a woman in ministry with other women. We will create a safe 'place for stories, questions and shared experiences. During this workshop we hope you will find a new friend and colleague who will understand and support your experience as a woman in youth ministry and/or camp and conference ministry. Elise, Bri and Maria cherish the relationships that support their unique roles as women in ministry!

Elise Bates Russell brings almost a lifetime of living and working at Presbyterian Camps in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota and New Jersey. Maria Shupe brings over twenty years of experience in camp and conference ministry along with seventeen years of serving Presbyterian congregations as a Director of Christian Education and a Certified Christian Educator. Bri Payne has served in camp and retreat ministry for the last two decades. Her involvement in camping leadership includes serving on the ACA Regional Board. All three have provided leadership to PCCCA as a part of their ministry. In addition, these leaders bring experience as parents, wilderness leaders, preachers, consultants and much more.

Mission Can Be Mutual

By Alison Wood and Luke Rembold

Accompaniment is a ministry framework that helps us challenge our assumptions about mission as we name and actively resist the colonizing nature of mission as it has so often been practiced. Through discussion and self-reflection, participants in this workshop will be guided through challenging traditional mission frameworks. Focusing on relationship, consent, and mutuality, together we “dig” into ministry of presence as practiced in accompaniment and ask each other (and ourselves!) questions that lead us deeper in following God’s call. Engage your own sense of what mission means and renew your call as an organization to engage in mission that is mutual.

Alison Wood is a facilitator, advocate, and educator rooted in the U.S./Mexico borderlands. She is employed as Accompaniment Coordinator with Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and as Site Coordinator of the Tucson Borderlands Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program. Vocationally, Alison is engaged in peacemaking and accompaniment work alongside migrants and asylum seekers, other white people seeking anti-racism practice, and young adults exploring the world as YAVs.

Luke Rembold is an educator, youth leader, and advocate for the leadership of young people in our churches and communities. He currently serves as the youth and young adult ministry coordinator for the Presbytery of Santa Fe, coordinating the ABQ site of the Young Adult Volunteer program while building connection and community with the youth of the presbytery. Luke tries to make a habit of running away to the mountains to camp, hike, and explore all that nature has to offer.

Montreat Tour

By the Montreat Staff

Join us on a site tour that will explore the heart of Montreat. We will take a peek into the Assembly Inn kitchen, the Currie Craft Center, the Barn, the Montreat Store, the Bill Wilde Youth Center, and Robert Lake Park. We will pass by several other facilities on our tour, but these touch on important places in Montreat. This tour will be led by the Montreat staff.

Tuesday, November 9 from 1:15pm - 2:30pm

COVID as the Chrysalis Stage for Outdoor Ministry: Emerging as a Butterfly

By Evan Moilan

In 10-14 days, a caterpillar is forced to shed its skin, exchange its mouth for a proboscis never to eat solid food again, go from 16 legs to 6, and grow wings.... but after they go through this chrysalis stage their eyesight is better than ever, they can reproduce for the first time, and they can fly!  What option do they have, a caterpillar without a chrysalis period dies.  Our organizations are emerging from a Chrysalis period.  Those that embrace the change and open themselves to their newfound gifts will thrive.  Those that try to eat solid food with their new proboscis will quickly starve.  In this time together participants will examine practical steps for healthy change through real life stories; and leave with practical advice for emerging from this chrysalis time with the ability to fly.

Evan Moilan is a consultant with GSB Fundraising. He has 24 years of experience with executive leadership and board service for non-profits across the United States. Evan is known of his expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, board development, governance, marketing, and branding. Prior to joining GSB Fundraising, he served as Chief Mission Officer for Upbring. a multi-state Christian social service agency in Texas. Additionally, Evan has served in Executive leadership and development roles with a diverse array of non-profits from Christian camp and retreat centers to international global relief agencies. He currently holds a Certified Fundraising Executive credential and serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

Everything is Vocational Discernment

By Alison Wood and Luke Rembold of Young Adult Volunteers

Vocational discernment doesn't require a burning bush or a mountain-top epiphany - listening to and reflecting on God's call in our everyday living is just as powerful. As you walk alongside youth and young adults who are wrestling with and looking for their life's purpose, you have the opportunity to help them shift their understanding of vocation from a world-driven singular career to an ongoing walk with God. In this workshop, hear about practices and approaches for sustaining, Spirit-led discernment that you can easily adapt to share in your own context. Learn from the presenters' combined 10+ years of experience supporting young folks as they develop life-long approaches to discerning vocation. Join us in inviting young people to see how daring to be curious about the next “yes” God is speaking into your life can be deeply transformative.

Alison Wood is a facilitator, advocate, and educator rooted in the U.S./Mexico borderlands. She is employed as Accompaniment Coordinator with Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and as Site Coordinator of the Tucson Borderlands Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program. Vocationally, Alison is engaged in peacemaking and accompaniment work alongside migrants and asylum seekers, other white people seeking anti-racism practice, and young adults exploring the world as YAVs. Luke Rembold is an educator, youth leader, and advocate for the leadership of young people in our churches and communities. He currently serves as the youth and young adult ministry coordinator for the Presbytery of Santa Fe, coordinating the ABQ site of the Young Adult Volunteer program while building connection and community with the youth of the presbytery. Luke tries to make a habit of running away to the mountains to camp, hike, and explore all that nature has to offer.

The Faith-Based Elevator Pitch (or Crafting a Faith Statement That Anyone Can Understand)

By Anne Russ

Presbyterians tend to write faith statements that are long and boring and incredibly hard to decipher. So what do we say when someone who really wants to know asks us what we believe? This workshop will help you craft a faith statement that you can share in sixty seconds or less that is engaging and accessible to all who are willing to hear.

Rev Anne Russ is an ordained PCUSA pastor. She is a past president of the Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center board and is currently on the board of Johnsonburg Camp and Conference Center and of the Arts, Recreation and Worship Conference. She is currently a free-range pastor who ministers on social media and at doubtingbeliever.com.

"Speed Dating" Your Way to a Connected Staff Community

By Harry Zweckbronner

Do you worry about those new staff who don't know anyone when they arrive at camp? Join this interactive session and learn an activity to start building a connected staff community from the beginning of your staff orientation/training. You'll also learn tips and tricks to make it work at your site. Whether your staff is 4 people or 400, this activity can help you build a staff community where everyone feels connected to other members of staff. As a bonus, you'll get to know some of the other conference participants!

Harry Zweckbronner is the Associate Director of Programs at Camp Hanover, just outside Richmond, Virginia. He has been in camping ministry for 18 years. Prior to that, Harry was a high school social studies teacher who primarily taught US History and Peer Leadership.

The "How To's" of a Respite and Relaxation Retreat for Family Caregiver Partners

By Pat Baker

Family caregivers and the person they are caring for; their partner, have experienced above average stress and challenges in the past couple of years. This workshop will explore several models of retreats that will provide valuable information, respite, and relaxation for the caregivers and/or care partners. Camp and conference center staff will leave with ideas of structure and content for these retreats and possible resources for finding caregivers to attend.

From July 2008 to July 2018, Pat Baker was the Director of Health and Human Services in the Community Services Department of Gwinnett County Government (Georgia) which included Gwinnett County Senior Services. In retirement she is serving as the Director of Older Adult and Caregiver Ministries at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Tucker, GA. Pat is the current President of POAMN. She has completed her course work for the Older Adult Ministry Certification program at Columbia Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Pat discovered her special gift of working with family caregivers in the early 80s when she started her first Caregiver Support Group. Since that time, she has facilitated caregiver support groups in Texas, Oklahoma, and Georgia.

Building Resilience for Stressful Times When Times Are Stressful

By Rev. James J. Kirk

The past year has tested our resilience in ways thought unimaginable. With the stress of living through a pandemic as the norm, there have been a multitude of additional stressful situations. We have heard the expression, “building the plane while flying the plane.” This practical workshop will equip participants to strengthen resilience to stress and trauma in the midst of stress and trauma. Participants will also learn of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance resilience workshops that can be offered to your staff and volunteers.

The Rev. Dr. James J. Kirk is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in August of 2016 accepted the position of Associate for Disaster Response (U.S.) for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Prior to this position Jim served congregations in Sparta, NJ and Naples, FL. He graduated from Moravian College with a BA in 1977 and from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA with a D. Min. in 1981. Jim is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and a member of the International Critical Stress Foundation (ICSF). Jim was a volunteer with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for over 20 years. In that role Jim has responded to a variety of disaster including natural and public violence. He is the National VOAD member representative for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Jim is a past chair of the National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee and has been on the committee for twelve years. He has been a National and Local Volunteer with Red Cross since 2008. Jim was a part of a team that developed the Disaster Spiritual Care program that is currently being integrated into Red Cross Chapters around the country.

Montreat Tour

By the Montreat Staff

Join us on a site tour that will explore the heart of Montreat. We will take a peek into the Assembly Inn kitchen, the Currie Craft Center, the Barn, the Montreat Store, the Bill Wilde Youth Center, and Robert Lake Park. We will pass by several other facilities on our tour, but these touch on important places in Montreat. This tour will be led by the Montreat staff.

Tuesday, November 9 from 2:45pm - 4:00pm

Extraordinary Facilitation – Techniques for Becoming a Better Facilitator

By Jim Cain

Insights from half a century of working and playing with groups.

Dr. Jim Cain is a teambuilding guru and the author of 24 well-loved texts on team and community building activities from around the world, including five new books he wrote during the pandemic. His real-world, in-person, train-the-trainer programs are legendary in the adventure-based learning community and his virtual presentations are popular around the world. Jim’s forte is building unity, community and connection, three things that are definitely in great need after the recent pandemic. He is a frequent presenter at American Camp Association conferences and was part of the leadership at the OMC Great Gathering at Lake Junaluska in 2019. In the past 10 years, Jim has presented more than 1500 programs in 49 states and 28 countries.

The Whole Story: Inspiring Generosity and Rebuilding Community Through Individual Storytelling

By Stefanie Marsden

Now more than ever it's critical that we effectively communicate with and inspire those touched by our mission and ministry. This workshop focuses on not only the importance of individual storytelling in today's unpredictable environment, but also the who, how, and what involved with truly touching others with our stories. Please join us for this exciting workshop designed to breakdown the elements of good storytelling in order to inspire generosity and rebuild community.

Stefanie is an expert relationship grower, legacy planning guru, and generosity advocate. As Relationship Manager at TPF, Stefanie is responsible for working closely with our partners to grow relationships, as well as their TPF assets. Additionally, Stefanie identifies and cultivates new partners who TPF can assist in the expansion of their mission efforts. With more than 20 years of business and development experience, Stefanie serves as a leader for TPF in our organization where she leverages both her business acumen and passion for the Church as she implements educational and growth initiatives. Additionally, Stefanie serves as an elder at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, in Richardson, TX where she actively participates in Music Ministry and Women’s Ministries. Stefanie, in addition to her many roles at TPF, is also a jazz vocalist, fan of vegetables, and most importantly, mom to two crazy boys.

Shaping a Space Where LGBTQIA+ Youth Can Thrive

By Alex Patchin McNeill

Shaping faith spaces where LGBTQIA+ youth can thrive involves exploring our theology, worship, mission, and practices of welcome. These threads weave together a fabric of belonging and authenticity that strengthen the ability of all of us to bring ourselves into community and before God. Join Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill for a dynamic workshop on ways you can shape the story of inclusive faith communities all youth can call home.
 

Alex Patchin McNeill is the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians. He has equipped congregations to live into policy change for inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people and has successfully enacted policies for marriage equality in the Presbyterian Church, USA. As a trained professional coach through the International Coaching Federation, Alex brings a coaching approach to his work with church leaders and congregations seeking to follow God’s call to widen their welcome, increase church vitality, or develop and implement new programs. He has trained hundreds of community leaders, and has played key roles organizing faith communities for marriage equality and legislation to promote LGBTQIA+ rights. Alex was the first openly transgender man ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA.

You Are Here: Evaluating Your Ministry and Programs

By Ryan Moore

As camp leaders, sometimes it's hard to know where to put our focus. Should we add, keep, or drop some things we do? Are there new programs or models to try? Are we spending money in the right places? What are the metrics we can use to know if we're making the right decisions? This workshop will focus on learning best practices and concrete ways to evaluate the vitality and viability of your camp ministry.

Ryan is the Executive Director of NaCoMe Camp & Retreat Center. In his career, he has served camps in South Carolina, Montana, Texas, and now in Tennessee. He has great skill in strategic leadership, analysis, and moving organizations forward in their mission. In addition to serving as an Executive Director, Ryan is also a consultant with Kaleidoscope, Inc, a leading consulting firm for camps and outdoor ministries across the US.

How to Get (and Keep!) Your Next Best Board Member

By Elise Bates Russell, Pam Harris, and Anne Russ

Hi, my name is Elise. I love the board I work for and here’s why. While that may seem a strange introduction, the story of the board of the organization you work for is the most critical component of that organization’s sustainability. With a strong board, outdoor ministry sites can navigate virtually any challenge; without one, there are many circumstances that can cause havoc. Board member recruitment; governing documents/historic practices and shifting culture in the judicatory; governance versus management; expectations of involvement, and more will be part of this workshop!

Elise is a lifelong camper and camp staff member. She has earned a masters degree in architecture from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Art History from The College of Wooster in Ohio. Currently, Elise is the executive director of Johnsonburg Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center in northwestern New Jersey. She is active in the American Camp Association, and has served as Board President of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association. She is passionate about creating sustainable designs for outdoor ministry structures, leadership development, and encouraging people in their faith journeys. Pam brings training and expertise in the areas of data analysis and organizational systems.  She holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Delaware. Her M.Div. and D.Min. are from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. D.C.   She is ordained in the United Methodist Church, and has served as pastor, director, and executive director of camp and retreat centers in Maryland and New York. Rev Anne Russ is an ordained PCUSA pastor. She is a past president of the Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center board and is currently on the board of Johnsonburg Camp and Conference Center and of the Arts, Recreation and Worship Conference. She is currently a free-range pastor who ministers on social media and at doubtingbeliever.com.

The Dirty Little Secret of Strategic Thinking

By Craig Nygard

This participatory, interactive workshop will give practical experience with specific brainstorming techniques drawn from Design Thinking, IBM consulting and traditional facilitation approaches … all of which have worked for youth group and camp ministries.  While the title promises to reveal one secret, there will be more than two revealed for most participants.   If nothing else, you will have a great time with the brains-on activities.

Craig has been active in youth ministries for thirty years at his local church, Montreat and now as the President of the Board of Trustees at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center.  Professionally, he learned strategic planning with the IBM Consulting Group and later became a certified Design Thinking Practitioner.  Craig has led brainstorming and strategic planning exercises for secular groups, churches, youth groups and boards.

Montreat Tour

By the Montreat Staff

Join us on a site tour that will explore the heart of Montreat. We will take a peek into the Assembly Inn kitchen, the Currie Craft Center, the Barn, the Montreat Store, the Bill Wilde Youth Center, and Robert Lake Park. We will pass by several other facilities on our tour, but these touch on important places in Montreat. This tour will be led by the Montreat staff.

Wednesday, November 10 from 1:30 - 2:45pm

Print's Powerful Impact!  Facts, Tips and Trends for Effective Print Communication

By Tim Beach

This workshop will explain how and why print communication plays such an important role in today's digital world.  We will share facts about communication and the types of print messaging that are yielding strong responses for others in ministry and non-profit organizations.  Be prepared to ask some questions and also come away with samples from others in camping ministry and beyond.

Tim grew up in their family's printing company and began working part-time when he was 12.  He is also a product of camping ministry and credits his faith-walk today with all the summer camp experiences while growing up.  He and his wife live in Randolph, NY as empty nesters now, but they are excited at the prospect of becoming grandparents in a few months!  Register Graphics, Inc is still a family-owned company with locations in rural western New York State and north central Pennsylvania.

10 Myths About Bed Bugs

By Jeff Zimmerman

There are many misconceptions when it comes to bed bugs. Join us for this seminar and learn the truth about bed bugs and how to eliminate them the first time every time.

Jeff Zimmerman, co-owner and CEO of Bed Bug Heat Doctor and Prevsol Pest Control, has over 28 years of experience in the pest control industry, 12 years of which he owned his own pest control business. During that span of time, he personally serviced over 5,000 hotels and has treated over 5,000,000 square feet of treatment space, consisting of homes, apartments, condos, and hotels. He is credentialed with a Core and 7A certification. 

Wise Debt!

By Catherine Lynch

Strategies and tools for determining if, when, why, and how much, a camp or conference center should borrow. Used strategically, debt can be a valuable tool for organizations wishing to expand their mission and ministry. Understanding when, or if, an organization should consider assuming debt is the key to successful debt management.

Catherine serves as the East Coast Development Specialist for the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program. With over twenty years of experience in non-profit lending, she brings a wealth of insight and knowledge to any capital project.

Legacy Giving: Crafting a Lasting Story

By Rev. Joseph Moore

In this workshop we will examine the ways in which our institutional stories inform and intersect with concrete and effective legacy giving strategies.  A mix of storytelling, legacy giving basics, and conversation around best practices, this workshop will seek to empower attendees to create, revitalize, or expand their particular legacy giving programs.  Come with questions, ideas, and an open mind as we explore how we might inspire people to support our institutions into the future.

Joseph Moore serves as the Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation. He works with congregations, presbyteries, and camps and conference centers to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees.  “I am convinced that the Spirit is at work in our Church and stories of hope and faithfulness are the cornerstone of effective ministry and stewardship,” said Joseph. “I am excited to walk with congregations and church institutions as they explore innovative and effective ways to tell their stories, and to use the expertise and resources of the Presbyterian Foundation to help support their mission and ministry.”

Mental Health Matters

By Jen Phelps

If we, as youth workers, didn't already realize the presence and persistence of mental health issues in our arenas - the pandemic has only amplified everything (with everyone). Let's talk about what is happening with our youth, with ourselves and with our communities.  And prepare ourselves to serve and support our youth as best we can - with some self-care thrown in too.

Jen Phelps is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Andrews - Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC.  She is also a Board-Certified Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in private practice.  She has a husband, some kids that who are on the precipice of adulting, and a love for teenagers that can't be justified or explained.  And - a call to help figure out this mental health situation in any way she can - like, workshops for youth workers!

Decolonializing Volunteerism

By Edwin A. Gonzalez Castillo and Jim. Kirk

Volunteers have the best of intentions when participating in a work trip. While the best of intentions is necessary, it takes more. Rev. Lydia Nshangwe, a minister of the United Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa, offers this new paradigm, don’t go out as missionaries to teach the people in the margins how to fish, go and fish with them. And once you become one with them and fish with them, you will become aware of their difficulties. Using this paradigm as a guide, participants will explore ways to build equitable and respectful relationships with those they hope to support before, during, and after a volunteer work trip.

The Rev. Edwin A. Gonzalez Castillo is the Associate for Disaster Response for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has also served as a translator for several of the PCUSA agencies and until recently served as a pastor and Stated Clerk in the San Juan Presbytery. After hurricane Maria, Edwin participated and coordinated several relief projects in Puerto Rico in coordination with the presbytery, local government, PDA and various NGOs. He has led many volunteer groups to Puerto Rico serving in several projects before and after the hurricane. In addition to working for PDA, Edwin is also a Youth Coordinator at Springdale Presbyterian Church.

Music Tells the Story: Psalmists, Prophets, and Pop Stars      

By Bill Buchanan

In this workshop we will look at music from our past and present and interface them with the poetry of the biblical prophets and psalmists.  It will be both an exploration of blues, r&b, soul, and hip hop, and a laboratory to experiment with how to use music with young people.  Participants will come away with program ideas for using music to engage in deeper theological discussions.

Bill Buchanan formed by his experiences as a child and youth through attending Camp New Hope, Presbyterian Point, and Montreat Youth Conferences. After his first call as an associate pastor at Bedford Presbyterian Church, he moved to Asheville, NC where he served at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. With Aimee Wallis Buchanan, Bill co-founded Asheville Youth Mission, a non-profit ministry that engages youth in mission that is justice oriented and biblically based. This ministry, now known as Youth Mission Co, has expanded to include Raleigh Youth Mission (NC) and Memphis Youth Mission (TN). YMCo plans and leads mission immersion experiences for youth, as well as providing curricula and other programs that can be implemented by youth ministry leaders in their own contexts. Bill has been a part of the stage leadership for numerous retreat and conferences. He received the Life of Ministry award from the Presbyterian Youth Workers Association and the Distinguished Service award from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Thursday, November 11 from 10:45am - 12:00pm

Racial Identity Development for Youth Workers Who Are Afraid of Making Mistakes

    Sponsored by The Insurance Board

By Laura Mariko Cheifetz

Most of us were raised with the "color-blind" myth: the persistent and incorrect belief that it is possible to raise children and youth who do not notice race. It should be clear enough already that race awareness is a reality among children as young as four months, and certainly among youth, just as racism is a real shaping force in society. Workshop participants will be exposed to basic vocabulary around white supremacy, racism, race, and difference; receive information and references on racial identity development for Black, multiracial, Asian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous, and white youth; and work together to compile a list of resources for how to become more comfortable speaking about white supremacy, race, and difference. We might even practice making mistakes and finding out mistakes aren't the end of the world.

Laura Mariko Cheifetz serves as the Assistant Dean of Admissions, Vocation, and Stewardship at Vanderbilt Divinity School, after having worked in reproductive justice, religious publishing, and theological education. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Laura is multiracial Asian American of Japanese and white Jewish descent. She is a contributing editor to Inheritance, an independent project and a platform for Asian and Pacific Islander stories, experiences, and reflections that affirm API identity and contribute to a more inclusive and multi-faceted understanding of Christian faith. She is the co-editor of "Race in America: Christians Respond to the Crisis" and co-author and editor of "Church on Purpose: Reinventing Discipleship, Community, and Justice."

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: Empowering Youth to Articulate Their Own Story, and the Story of Their Faith

By Pepa Paniagua

With the events of the last 18 months, and in this time and place, we are all needing space to process and make meaning of life before we move to "what's next?" especially when it comes to our young people who are constantly propelled forward. In this workshop we will talk about how to equip and empower youth to tell their stories, and how to encourage them to articulate where and when they have seen God in action, or haven't. The goal of this workshop is to provide a tangible process (that can be adapted for various sizes and contexts) that will allow youth to engage with their faith as they look at the story of their life, in their own words.

Pepa is a child of God, friend, pastor, church-planter, daughter, sister, lover of people, advocate, ally, and wife to Kelli. Pepa is the founding pastor of kin-dom community, a multi-denominational new worshiping community that is committed to welcoming and celebrating all people. As a native Californian who has lived and served in ministry in North Texas for the last 14 years, Pepa feels most at home somewhere between the mountains and the sea, preferably with a good cup of coffee in her hand.

The Top Ten Teambuilding Activities 

By Jim Cain

Jim’s favorite, newest and best team and community building activities from around the world.

Dr. Jim Cain is a teambuilding guru and the author of 24 well-loved texts on team and community building activities from around the world, including five new books he wrote during the pandemic. His real-world, in-person, train-the-trainer programs are legendary in the adventure-based learning community and his virtual presentations are popular around the world. Jim’s forte is building unity, community and connection, three things that are definitely in great need after the recent pandemic. He is a frequent presenter at American Camp Association conferences and was part of the leadership at the OMC Great Gathering at Lake Junaluska in 2019. In the past 10 years, Jim has presented more than 1500 programs in 49 states and 28 countries.

Idea Share: Getting Staff and Advisors to Talk Faith Without Anxiety

By Lynn Turnage

Many of the Staff and/or Advisors we work with are hesitant to talk about God outside the designated “devotional” time; in fact, most parents don’t know how to do this for themselves, much less with their children and youth! This Idea Share will explore this cultural phenomenon and talk about responses we can do at camps and in youth programming. Lynn will have questions to start the conversation and moderate the group to work to come up with ways we can enhance the faith formation of our children and youth with whom we work.

Lynn Turnage is the Director for Programs with Montreat Conference Center. She is said to have a high Christology but a low tolerance for “Bible thumpers.” In her experience with Children and Family Ministries she discovered how difficult it is to give parents handles with which to talk to their children about faith, Bible stories, and everyday observations and interactions of God. She loves Jerome Berryman’s take on children and theology and is always looking for a new way to help people recognize and talk about the work of God in our lives. Lynn is a non-recovering chocoholic, loves good laughs, and the proud mama of 2 girls and one mutt; and works to make time for these and to hike, watch movies, and make time for good friends.

Strengthen the Business Side of Your Ministry

By Kevin Cullum

Feel like you are spinning your wheels? Doing a lot of busy work yet always just getting by? This workshop will focus on how to strengthen your business through staffing (alignment, support, and retention), marketing, and customer retention. Leave with practical ways to strengthen the business of your ministry.

Kevin Cullum is the Executive Director for Camp Wyoming, a Presbyterian Summer Camp & Retreat Center in Eastern Iowa. He has served in this role since 2004. Kevin has over 20 years of experience as a camp executive. His strengths are staffing, marketing, and financial management. He has also led multiple successful campaigns. Kevin has a Political Science degree from George Mason University. He and his wife, Shelley, have three kids, two cats, and two dogs.

What's Next in Our Educational Ministries

By Susan Sharp Campbell and Renda Brinson

Change is not easy for many individuals and institutions, including the church. Since March 2020, however, we’ve been challenged to rethink, revise, re-invent what our educational ministry looks like as most of us have gone online, virtual and hybrid.  Given the past several months, as we have emerged from the pandemic, we have found ourselves reconsidering what faith formation and Christian education look like in the new future we are living.  Using the document, “Post Pandemic “Pondering and Planning: A Resource for Faith Formation,” this workshop is designed to guide participants in looking back at where they, the people and programs of their congregations have been and looking forwarding as we seek to discern what God is now calling us to do.

Susan Sharp Campbell, Associate for Educational Ministry, Presbytery of WV; Pastor, Frankford Presbyterian Church; President of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) and Renda Brinson, Christian Education Director, First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, NC; Director of the Presbytery of Charlotte Resource Center; President-Elect of APCE

Flourishing in Ministry: Strategies for Self-Care and Soul Care

By Rev. Lori Neff LaRue

Our current reality is a poignant reminder of the importance of situating our lives in God’s story, for it is there that we find perspective, strength, hope and resilience and it is there that our faith is strengthened. Situating our lives in God’s story requires us to situate ourselves before God – to slow down and to be fully present with our Creator. This workshop seeks to reconnect servant leaders with the biblical and theological foundations for soul care and self-care in the midst of the demands of the everyday demands of ministry. Together, participants will identify practices that enhance wellbeing and explore ways to establish healthy boundaries while opening spaces for Sabbath and for the creative incursion of God’s Spirit in the shared work of the church.

Lori is Director, Board University, at the Board of Pensions, where she is responsible for planning, developing, and delivering face-to-face and online educational programs that are rooted in A Theology of Benefits and consistent with the Board's strategic vision and initiatives. She oversees the Board University program as well as the Well-Being Retreat, and the First Call, First Steps, and Third Act seminars. Lori has 30 years' experience in higher education, including 10 years in theological educational settings. She has served in pastoral positions in both congregational and campus ministry. In addition to her role at the Board of Pensions, Lori is active in her presbytery, currently serving on the Ministries Team and the Committee on Ministry.  She holds a bachelor's in psychology from Manchester College (now Manchester University); Master of Arts in student personnel from Bowling Green State University, Ohio; and Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Thursday, November 11 from 3:00 - 4:15pm

Teambuilding for Free

By Jim Cain

A plethora of activities and games that you can create for little or no cost, and enjoy playing with audiences of all kinds.

Dr. Jim Cain is a teambuilding guru and the author of 24 well-loved texts on team and community building activities from around the world, including five new books he wrote during the pandemic. His real-world, in-person, train-the-trainer programs are legendary in the adventure-based learning community and his virtual presentations are popular around the world. Jim’s forte is building unity, community and connection, three things that are definitely in great need after the recent pandemic. He is a frequent presenter at American Camp Association conferences and was part of the leadership at the OMC Great Gathering at Lake Junaluska in 2019. In the past 10 years, Jim has presented more than 1500 programs in 49 states and 28 countries.

Spiritual Formation with College Students

By Allison Wehrung

Whether your college-aged people are summer staff, school-year interns, or year-long residents, they’re in an exciting and intimidating season of figuring out who they are and what God has to do with it. We’ll start our time together with a little conversation about the unique gifts and challenges of working with college-aged people, and then share some practical tools to support and empower college students’ faith lives during their time with you and beyond.

Rev. Allison Wehrung wears a lot of hats as the Presbytery of St. Andrew’s Associate Executive Presbyter, but her favorite ones include serving as the Campus Minister at UKirk Ole Miss and supporting the good people at Camp Hopewell. Over the years she’s also worked at camps in both Carolinas, Florida, and Georgia, and is glad to be here representing the UKirk Collegiate Ministries Association as one of their board members.

Knowing Our Numbers: How the Enneagram Can Help Our Ministry Communities

By Allyson Ashmore

Are you familiar with the Enneagram? This popular personality assessment can be an important tool for our ministry communities. Join us if you know nothing or you know a lot. We will share stories, tools, and resources about how knowing the Enneagram can bring new depth to your community.

Allyson Ashmore has served in leadership at Camp Hopewell in Oxford, MS for over 20 years.  She is currently the Director, and was previously the Program Director.  She holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Memphis and has received a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Seminary.  In the past few years, she has become an Enneagram enthusiast and has been using it with staff, youth leaders, and camp professionals in various settings.

Digital Marketing Essentials and Strategies

By Stacie Hoppman

Of course we would all like access to steadicams, boom mics, and social media gurus, but you don’t need all of those things to do online marketing well. Get tips and tricks for how to create great online content and convert more customers with a little bit of pre-planning and creativity. We will talk about popular social media networks, Google, and how to generate a well of digital content to draw from all year long.

Stacie Hoppman is the Director of Programs & Marketing at Camp Wyoming (Iowa). She first entered the summer camp world as a summer staff member from 2010-2012 and has been full-time with Camp Wyoming since 2013. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Electronic Media Communications. Her passion is and always will be video, but she also has experience in graphic design and content creation. When she’s not at camp, you can catch her running triathlons or curled up in a comfy seat at the local coffee shop with her latest read.

Resolution of Resilience

By Natarsha Sanders

In Covey's book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," we are encouraged to begin with the end in mind. What happens to the plot if we know the end is our resilience? In this workshop we will look at examples of resilience in other people and examine how being confident in a resilient end helps us grow. Each person will create their own resolution of resilience as a reminder that we will be ok even as the plot thickens.

Natarsha P. Sanders works as the Executive Director of Centering the Sacred. Natarsha also serves on the Columbia Theological Seminary admissions team as a Connector. She graduated from Hollins University and North Carolina Central University with a BA in Philosophy and History and a M.A in Teaching respectively. She is currently pursuing a D.Ed.Min (doctorate in educational ministry) from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Natarsha enjoys laughing, teaching and writing. She is also passionate about the arts and inclusion. She resides in Kerrville, Texas with her husband, Lorenzo A. Watson.

Facilities Q & A

By Mike Little

In this workshop we will have a group discussion to help others with facility questions or problems. Many Executive Directors find themselves with few or no facility staff at all. What are some things we need to do to get ready for winter, Covid, and groups returning to our camps and conference centers?

Mike is the Executive Director of Crestfield Camp and Conference Center in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. He was the Buildings/Grounds and Challenge Course Director for 14 years prior to becoming the Executive Director. Skilled in many things, expert in none. Mike understands the importance of facility upkeep and improvements within budget constraints and there effect on hospitality and program. Mike has a passion for outdoor ministry and serving God in this capacity. Mike is married to Becky. Together they have four kids and recently became grandparents (just ask for pictures).

Anyone Else Feel Less Afraid of Change Now?

By Carol Steele

Whether we leaned into it or resisted it all the way, we all took a crash course in navigating change last year. Let's share our notes! We'll use a couple of case studies from Montreat Youth Conference planning to think about initiating changes that are intentional and scrambling though changes that are foisted upon us by nature and circumstance. Bring your own stories of change, either eagerly desired or reluctantly embraced. We'll mine these stories for the take-aways that can help us coach people through the next waves of change.

Carol Steele is no expert in navigating change, but she does like to learn a lesson here and there, especially from trying circumstances. More than that, she likes to compare notes with colleagues about how we can support each other in our particular ministry settings. Before conferences took most of her time, Carol went to seminary at Union in Richmond, worked in Washington where the change seemed very, very slow, and spent summers as a camp counselor at Camp Hat Creek in Brookneal, Virginia.