Crossings is so thankful that God has given us the opportunity to build up the local church through camp each summer. We strive to come alongside churches to build up this generation of students and transform them into the future leaders of the church. With this task comes great responsibility to make sure everything is in place to allow God to work in the lives of all who attend Crossings. This is accomplished by hiring the right staff, the right speakers, and the fun activities we offer. How else do we ensure life change happens?
First, we are intentional about how we proclaim the gospel. From its foundation, Crossings has made it a priority to present the gospel on the first night of camp and reiterate it in every moment following. We want students to know that the gospel is the most important thing they will hear while at our camps. We pray that all who come to camp leave transformed by the gospel.
Second, we long to see God transform the hearts of all those who attend our camps by the renewing of their minds, just as Romans 12:2 states. For some, this means the Lord is calling them to repent and trust in His Son. For others, the Lord uses camp to call them into future ministry. The emphasis we place on the presentation of the gospel opens the door for God to move and work in the lives of many at camp.
Third, we want kids to have a blast. Our properties provide a very unique camp experience.
Both of our wonderful properties offer an exciting list of activities that will make summer unforgettable. We offer zip-lines, archery tag, laser tag, lake recreation, and so much more. Yet, during each activity, we discuss with students how that activity pictures the gospel.
Fourth, we want students to form lifelong friendships. Camp offers an opportunity for kids and students to meet new people. This could mean meeting new people from the church you came with or meeting other campers. You eat every meal, worship, study God’s Word, and enjoy the fun of camp all week long together. This leads to lifelong relationships that carry on until the next summer and sometimes for a lifetime. Our prayer is that God will work in the lives of everyone at camp and that they will leave transformed, all while building relationships to encourage and walk with them.