Does Summer Camp Really Work?

As we look forward to the summer camping season this year, I hope you’ll consider a good camp ministry for your kids and students – one with a great reputation, that is strong on the g ospel, and engages young people where they are. And if you do, I’m confident God will continue to move in and through the hearts of our young people through the ministry of quality camps and the wonderful Christian workers who serve there. We’re committed to continuing our partnership with great camps because we’re convinced God is still using them to raise up a new generation of disciples to carry the light of the gospel to their friends and family. I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer, can you? HISTORY AND LEGACY I would look for a camp that has a good reputation within the community and with the churches who have partnered with them through the years. There is something powerful about sustained faithfulness over the long haul. It takes to build a great name and to build trust. If I were choosing a camp ministry I would want to be sure they had a history of integrity and faithfulness. 3

ABOUT THE AUTHOR MATT EACHUS IS LEAD PASTOR OF THE CHURCH AT NEWTOWN ROAD IN HALFMOON, NY – A GROWING, MULTI-GENERATIONAL CHURCH IN THE ALBANY SUBURBS. PRIOR TO BECOMING THE LEAD PASTOR (IN 2010), MATT SERVED FOR 8 YEARS IN YOUTH MINISTRY AT RIDGEVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH IN STUARTS DRAFT, VA AND AT TEMPLE BAPTIST IN HALFMOON, NY. MATT IS A GRADUATE OF LIBERTY UNIVERSITY (2001) AND LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (2010). HE IS A CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE EDITOR/AUTHOR AT ECIPLE, A SMALL CHRISTIAN E-PUBLISHING MINISTRY FOUNDED IN 2012. HE AND HIS WIFE, AMANDA, HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 15 YEARS AND HAVE 4 CHILDREN. THEY LIVE IN CLIFTON PARK, NY AND SPEND THEIR TIME IN A FURIOUS BLUR OF HOMEWORK, SCHOOL FUNCTIONS, SOCCER GAMES, AND KIDS’ MINISTRY ACTIVITIES – AND THEY ADORE EVERY CHAOTIC MINUTE.

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