We believe that Summer Camp should be a breath of fresh air into the life of student ministry. We believe that it should be the week of the year that students, leaders, and youth pastors look forward to all year long. We believe that Summer Camp should communicate the Gospel and the Word of God in a way that students can relate to and understand. We believe that Summer camp should have some of the best worship leaders in the country, so that our campers can fully embrace what it means to worship Jesus. We believe that lodging and meals should be taken care of, so that students and leaders can focus on building community. We believe that Summer Camp should take place at a beautiful place, because all of creation is screaming glory to God. We believe that anyone who experiences Summer Camp should experience Jesus in a new and individual way. We believe that Summer Camp should set up Youth Pastors and Leaders to disciple students for the entire year. We believe that Summer Camp should be a reflection of the Kingdom of God, filled with teaching, worship and fun.
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We like to say that we are in the business of discipleship. According to Matthew, the very last thing that Jesus said before he left the earth was, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” This is the heartbeat of everything we do.
We’ve found that one of the best disciple making tools is JOURNEY CAMP. Pulling students out of their everyday environment allows for the Holy Spirit to speak to them in a really powerful and beautiful way. We love getting to partner with Youth Pastors, and see how they are discipling students through the local Church. Through Journey Camp, we have been able to serve hundreds of churches and see countless numbers of students begin relationships with Jesus Christ.
Another disciple making avenue is LOVE AFRICA MISSION. Through the ministry of Love Africa Mission, we are able to send hundreds of people to Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, and the Congo to expose them to the beauty and brokenness of Africa. One of the mottos of Love Africa is, “Know, Go, Grow”. If you know God, then he’s going to call you to go, when you go you can’t help but to grow in your faith and in your knowledge of Him. Over the years, thousands of lives have been transformed through the ministry of Love Africa.
Both Journey Camp and Love Africa Mission are a part of the larger, parent organization called NATHAN SMITH MINISTRIES. Nathan Smith has traveled around the world speaking to students as an evangelist for over a decade. He is a gifted communicator, with a passion for seeing students cross from death to life and grow in their walk with Jesus. Nathan would love to speak in your church soon! He has also led and discipled men who are now a part of the Nathan Smith Ministries Teaching Team: J.D. Meeder, Trevin Bender, and DJ McCulley. Through this ministry, thousands of students have experienced Jesus in a new, fresh way!
As you can see, we really are in the business of discipleship. It’s what we do. It’s what we’re about. It’s who we are.