The Dakotas and Minnesota conferences’ camp and retreat ministries work closely together in many ways, including a joint governance team called the Area Camp and Retreat Council. The council, comprised of equal representation from each conference, focuses on the big picture for moving the camping ministry forward and will function as a wisdom council for the director of camp and retreat ministries. This allows for an expansion of camping-related offerings for United Methodists in each conference, as well as allowing both conferences to share best practices to create the strongest possible area camp and retreat ministry.
Mission: Helping campers to experience Christ, creation, and community through camp and retreat ministries.
Core values: Providing sacred places apart, nurturing Christian faith and discipleship, teaching creation care and appreciation, partnering with United Methodist churches and agencies, extending Christian hospitality and community, developing principled spiritual leaders, and inspiring and equipping lives for love and justice.
Desired outcome: Disciples and leaders who hear and respond to God’s call to articulate their faith, love and accept everyone, serve others, and trust God.
Dakotas Co-chair: Nicole Clade (Anderson) firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Co-chair: Nate Melcher
Staff: Keith Shew
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church