Reflections on the Seven Foundations for Camp & Retreat Ministries
I am the vine. You are the branches.
- John 15:5
One of the joys in serving in Camp and Retreat Ministries is being a part of the connectional United Methodist Church. Our ministry is intertwined with the work of the larger church and that of local congregations, yet distinct. Together we are all striving to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Suttle Lake Camp, like many of our camp settings, is located in a spot some might consider remote yet knowing that we are part of something much larger offers strength and direction for our ministry. We are not literally alone in our work - we are interdependent upon one another - nor do all of us do this work for our ministry by ourselves. Much like the grapevines described in chapter 15 of John, we are woven with other branches of the church and rooted in Christ. This connection gives us purpose and nurtures us as we seek to bear abundant fruit through our work. Our relationship with one another, strengthens us and allows us to reach out further than we ever could alone.