The camping ministry of the Indiana Conference is the most effective and powerful tool of the church to bring children, youth and young adults to Christ. In 2009, more than 1,000 children and youth made a first-time commitment to Christ through the camping ministry of the Indiana Conference. Church camp is evangelism and discipleship.

The campaign to raise $10 million for the construction of six new cabins at the Epworth Forest campus has reached the milestone of raising more than $2 million in pledges and gift. Because of this generous gift, the plan to begin construction in the summer of 2010 is in full swing.

The fundraising plan has been divided into two phases for each district, the major gifts portion followed by the open campaign. They include:

  • The major gifts portion of the campaign is the work with churches to discover leadership who might have the means and interest to make the first gifts, making a major impact on the campaign.
  • The open phase is the time when churches and leadership are asked to prayerfully make a financial commitment to the project.

The Major gifts phase of the campaign, now in the Northeast District, has raised about $1 million in cash and pledges.

The open campaign in the Northeast District will begin this month. The open campaign for this district will give all churches the opportunity to share in making a pledge or gift to the campaign for Epworth Forest. In the next few weeks, each church in the Northeast District will receive a packet of materials encouraging its members to make a financial commitment to the Epworth Forest Project.

All fundraising materials also can be found on the Web site and downloaded. Gifts also can be made on line. Simply visit www.rightfuture.org.

This is an exciting moment in the life of our Indiana Conference as we, together, “do everything it takes to reach the next generation for Jesus Christ.”

The Rev. Jean Moorman Brindel, CFRE, AFP, serves as Development Director Camping Ministry.


… the plan to begin construction in the summer of 2010 is in full swing.