The personality of camping: Part I

“There is a growing trend in business to assess and express the “personality” of organisations/corporations.  In other words, if this entity were a person, what would their attributes be?

Staff are your most important asset ......

Part of what I have tried to assess with camping and conferencing is its “spiritual personality” to enable an assessment so that we can “have a sane estimate of (its) capabilities by the light of the faith that God has given to (us) all.  (Romans 12:3).

I suspect that like most ministries, camping has a focus and flavor that will attract staff drawn heavily from some personality types and personal passions, and less from others.  My aim has been to identify what might be the spiritual gifts of the people drawn to camping and the culture and environment of our sites so we can maximize a ministry focus in line with the corporate gifting formed by the sum of parts in QCCC. 

Romans 12:4-8 provides a good platform to draw out some of the spiritual gifts that seem to be strongest in camping.  In the passage below, the bolded attributes are ones that I think are strongly present and needed in the camping ministry. 

For just as you have many members in one physical body and those members differ in their functions, so we, though many in number, compose one body in Christ and are all members of one another. Through the grace of God we have different gifts. If our gift is preaching, let us preach to the limit of our vision. If it is serving others let us concentrate on our service; if it is teaching let us give all we have to our teaching; and if our gift be the stimulating of the faith of others let us set ourselves to it. Let the man who is called to give, give freely; let the man who wields authority think of his responsibility; and let the man who feels sympathy for his fellows act cheerfully.

Tomorrow:  I hope to flesh out the spiritual attributes further.


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