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Aug. 26, 2013

Let’s Just Be Friends

A blog post by Jesse Weiss A good friend of mine is about to start his first teaching job in a couple of weeks — high school English. As we were talking about what excited him and what made him nervous, he pointed to one area in which he was very unsure of himself: where is the line between friend
Aug. 14, 2013

Bringing Justice into the Light

A blog post by Jesse Weiss  Recently, a group of young adults that are serving as camp staff this summer got into a fairly deep conversation about salvation and the question of God’s justice. Their conversation was good, but it was grounded more in cliché answers than in theological understandings. As we further explored the issue of a just God,
May. 08, 2013

From the First Third Archives

You Belong By Andy Sahl I served for several years with a leadership camp in Western Illinois.  High school kids labeled as “student leaders” (read, well connected to their youth group) from all over the country would come together for a week of small groups, worship, workshops, and free time fun on a college campus.  What was amazing about this
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Dec. 13, 2012

Twenty Percent

By Andy Sahl Continuing education types of gatherings must walk a fine line for me.  If the ideas presented are purely practical, I get the sense of “been there, done that, didn’t learn much.”  If the pendulum swings too fart to the theoretical or abstract ideas, I leave feeling like the presenters didn’t really speak to those of us in
Nov. 15, 2012

Camp and Church

By Neil Christians  In view of the upcoming conference at Luther Seminary on November 26-27 entitled “Why Can’t Church be More Like Camp”, I thought that I’d write a pre-event blog and pose a few questions for us as a community to think about. Philliber Research Associates and the American Camp Association did a study. That looked into the impact of
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Nov. 12, 2012

Eli’s Transformation

We are getting excited about our upcoming First Third Dialogue titled “Why Can’t My Church Be More Like Camp? The Power of Immersion Learning in Faith Formation.” We’ve only got a couple of spots left, so register today! We wanted to start this conversation because we think there is a lot that churches can learn about faith formation from camps.  We asked Mike
Nov. 08, 2012

You Belong

By Andy Sahl I served for several years with a leadership camp in Western Illinois.  High school kids labeled as “student leaders” (read, well connected to their youth group) from all over the country would come together for a week of small groups, worship, workshops, and free time fun on a college campus.  What was amazing about this camp is
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Nov. 05, 2012

Why Can’t My Church Be More Like Camp?

Have you seen the topic of the 2012 First Third Dialogue? It’s “Why Can’t Church Be More Like Camp?“ We wanted to start this conversation because we think there is a lot that churches can learn about faith formation from camps.  We asked Mike King of YouthFront in Kansas City and Paul Hill, current president of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries and