Representatives from PCCCA, United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries (UMCRM), the United Church of Canada, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM), Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers (ECCC), and the Outdoor Ministry Association of the United Church of Christ (OMA-UCC) gathered together on March 18-21 for a meeting of the Outdoor Ministries Connection at Lutheran Hills Camp (Morgantown, IN). The group discussed the current projects of OMC including the 2019 Great Gathering at Lake Junaluska, Interim Director Training, and the oversampling with the American Camp Association's upcoming survey. The group took time to visit the headquarters of the American Camp Association to talk about how ACA and the outdoor ministry associations could partner more in the future. It is always great when the OMC comes together for a meeting. It shows us how much can be accomplished when we work together with our ecumenical partners. If the 2019 Great Gathering is not yet on your calendar, please make plans now for the joint annual conference that will bring together camp and retreat leaders from across the denominations. It will be held at on November 10-14, 2019 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina.
We now have 34 member discounts! As a part of the benefits you receive through membership, PCCCA offers these special discounts on different products and services related to camps and conference centers. Utilizing two or more of these company discounts could save you more money than you pay in membership dues. You can check out the list by going to the PCCCA website. If you are a current PCCCA member, we hope you will login to the Resources page on the PCCCA website and utilize these discounts for your ministry. If you are not yet a member, you can join or renew at www.pccca.net/membership.
For most of our camps and conference centers, their PCCCA membership expired on January 1. Now would be a great time to join or renew your PCCCA membership. You have the option of joining for one year or saving some money by paying for two years. Please keep in mind that PCCCA membership now lasts one (or two) years beyond your renewal date and does not follow the calendar year. If you are a smaller camp, keep in mind that there is a new discounted rate for membership. You can join using a check or credit card by going to www.pccca.net/membership.
The Presbyterian Panel of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has released survey results related to Spiritual Growth Experiences and Church Retreats. A representative sample of nearly 4,000 Presbyterians (members, ruling elders, pastors, and specialized clergy) serve on the Presbyterian Panel for a three-year period and respond to mailed questionnaires four times a year. You can find the summary of this survey on the impact of camp, conference and retreat ministry at the Presbyterian Panel website.