E-lert - May 2012

Camp Day links education and leadership

Outdoor ministry leaders will gather in conversation and worship during Luther Seminary's fourth annual Camp Day on June 4.

Camp Day offers faculty-led workshops on leadership, Bible, theology and pastoral care. These conversations seek to link the resources of a seminary education with practical leadership in outdoor ministry.

"Camp Day not only helps train our staff for the upcoming summer of ministry, but it also helps them to better understand their calling within God's mission in the world," said Jesse Weiss, M.A. senior and program and promotions director for Luther Park and Luther Point Bible camps. Weiss has brought his camp staff to Camp Day for three years.

"If we're educating leaders, [camps] are helping people discover that they are leaders," said Andy Jolivette, associate director of admissions.

Kaitlyn Ferguson, M.Div. middler and Camp Day staff participant through Luther Park Bible Camp, sees Camp Day as a symbol of Luther's strong partnership with camping ministries. "It shows that Luther Seminary wants to be actively involved with our ministry as a partner and not just a resource," she said.

Luke Halverson, program director of Wapo Bible Camp, has also witnessed that connection through Camp Day participation. "Camping ministry and Luther Seminary both provide an environment that supports the growth of future leaders in the church," he said. "The relationship that camps and seminary have will only strengthen the future of the church."

For more information about Camp Day 2012, visit www.luthersem.edu/campday.