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Upcoming events

    • 10 Nov 2019
    • (EST)
    • 14 Nov 2019
    • (EST)
    • Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

    This once-in-a-lifetime ecumenical event will be held at beautiful Lake Junaluska in Western North Carolina. It is a collaborative project of the Outdoor Ministries Connection, an "association of associations" of mainline North American Christian camp/retreat/outdoor ministry leaders, including the UMCRM Association.

    The goals of RelationSHIFT are:

    • Recognizing the Holy Spirit will be present.
    • Affirming the various gifts we bring.
    • Finding common ground.
    • Navigating a changing landscape.
    • Figuring out how to journey together.


    • Workshops for every type of staff position in outdoor ministry
    • Engaging, brilliant keynote speakers (Shane Claiborne, Joan Garry)
    • Relevant, inspiring preachers (Barbara Brown Taylor, Rev. Luke Powery)
    • Worship music by Ken Medema
    • Community-building with Jim Cain
    • Intentional small group communities
    • Great exhibit hall (60+ exhibitors/sponsors)
    • Time to enjoy the local culture
    • Toolkit with practical take-aways

    • 14 Nov 2019
    • (EST)
    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, NC

    2019 UMCRM Conference Staff Summit


    2 Corinthians 5:17

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

    At beautiful Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, we will welcome United Methodist Conference Staff who relate to Camp & Retreat Ministries to discover that “new creation” that Paul speaks of in 2nd Corinthians. The 2019 Summit will provide time for exploration of “walking in newness of life” (Romans 6:4) with colleagues from across the country.  We will pray and worship together, and we will learn and share together, in community, the new to come. Join us as we gather in faith and confidence as leaders in Camp and Retreat Ministries who share the vision of strength and endurance. 


    This year our annual summit will dovetail with the ecumenical Great Gathering, "RelationShift." We encourage all to plan to attend both parts of the week and to book travel and lodging accordingly. We will assist in shuttling folks back to AVL (Asheville airport) or GSP (Greenville-Spartanburg) on Saturday as needed. 

    If you are planning to attend the Great Gathering, registration is in 3 parts:

    1) Register for the Great Gathering  If you'd like to stay in the same lodging all week, choose a room in Lambuth Inn (renovated or unrenovated). 

    2) Register for the UMCRM Summit  (just a $68 program fee; Lake Junaluska will handle your lodging and meals directly). Click the Register button at the bottom of the blue box on the left.

    3) Call Lake Junaluska (828-452-2881) to arrange to add the extra UMCRM Summit days and meals to your reservation. Mention UMCRM Summit Group Reservation #31024. We have a block of rooms reserved in Lambuth Inn with a couple of options:

    Single $109/night, Unrenovated single $79/night

    Shared $54.50/person/night, Unrenovated shared $39.50/person/night

    The cost for our 5 meals (Thursday lunch thru Sat. breakfast, except our Friday dinner out) will be $62 plus tax & gratuity.

    Please plan to arrive by 11 am Thursday morning (if you're not already onsite at the Great Gathering) and schedule airport departures from AVL or GSP Saturday afternoon after 1 pm. 

    Or...a special offer from Russell Davis and the North Georgia team:  Knowing that it's always an extra challenge for the western folks to fly east, we want to help smooth your way to this event. Would it help with your travel logistics to fly into Atlanta on Saturday (rather than Asheville or Greenville on Sunday)? If so, the North Georgia folks would like to pick you up (arrivals to ATL between 5-8 pm on Saturday, 11/9), host you overnight, and drive up to Junaluska with you on Sunday (about a 3-hour drive).  They'll get you back to ATL on Saturday afternoon for a later flight (departures after 4:30 pm). They're willing to extend this service for $50, not including meals. Please email Russell@ngcrm.org if you are interested in this option.

    This is an especially important year for this group of colleagues to be together. Hope to see you there!  Questions? Contact Jen Burch, Registrar


    • 23 Jan 2020
    • 3:30 PM (MST)
    • 30 Jan 2020
    • 12:00 PM (MST)
    • YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

    Annual Meeting of the UMCRM Board of Directors  (1/23-26)

    and Design Team Planning Retreat (1/26-30)

    Please book flights into DEN by 3:30 pm on arrival day, and departures after 12 noon. If you need to be reimbursed for your flight, please send Check Request Form and receipts to Brant.

    Board members! Arrive Thursday 1/23, Depart Sunday 1/26. We'll gather in our meeting room around 6 on Thursday evening and head to dinner together at the YMCA of the Rockies.

    Event Design Team! Arrive Sunday 1/26, Depart Thursday 1/30. Matt and Kim will have more details about your team plans.

    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 3:30 PM
    • 30 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO

    The UMCRM Immersion Experience is an unforgettable week. A core component for Certification in Camp and Retreat Ministry, this event is open to anyone who would benefit from an immersion into what it means to be a uniquely United Methodist Camp, Retreat and Conference Center.

    New and aspiring Directors and Program Directors, board members, and key staff, as well as students seeking Certification, are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to grow and be nurtured by exploring the following topics:

    • Methodist/Wesleyan Theology and Doctrine

    • Faith Formation

    • Methodist Camping History, Heroes, & Best Practices

    • The Seven Foundations of CR Ministry

    • Facilities and Hospitality

    • Administration, Conflict Management, Staffing

    • Governance Models/Working with your Board

    • Collaboration with Local Churches and Agencies

    • Roundtable discussions on UMC changes, theology, program changes, and concerns specific to students and their sites

    Perhaps best of all, the event features networking with peers in small groups and growing in relationship with colleagues across the nation, many of whom may become friends and encouragers throughout your ministry.

    2020 Faculty:

    Event Chair - Russell Casteel, Camp Executive of the Tennessee Conference and Site Director at Camp Cedar Crest

    Class Host - Jen Burch, UMCRM Association Administrator

    Rev. Ron Bartlow, Director of Camp/Retreat Ministries, Desert Southwest Conference

    Laura Goldenbaum-Yang, Assistant Director for Faith Formation and Environmental Education, Camp Don Lee, NC

    Tuition is $300 plus room and board. The inclusive early-bird cost is $720 (shared room) or $955 (single room). Register by 11/25 to receive this rate. 

    UMCRM values our members and has always invested in developing leaders. To support our UMCRM Association member ministries in cultivating leaders, 2020 Immersion students from member camps/Conferences are eligible for a $100 grant to be applied to the program cost. To receive this grant, apply here

    Full payment is due by January 3, 2020.

    Cancellation policy: A full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be furnished for cancellations before November 25th. Cancellations between November 25th and January 1st will result in the forfeiture of your deposit or 50% if paid in full. Cancellations after January 1st are nonrefundable.

    • 03 Feb 2020
    • 2:00 PM (CST)
    • 06 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CST)
    • Beersheba Springs Assembly, Beersheba Springs, TN

    Themed "Transformed" SEJ's biennial cornerstone event will be hosted in 2020 at the Beersheba Springs Assembly, in Beersheba Springs, TN. Gather with camp and retreat ministry leaders from across the Southeast (and beyond) for inspiration, education, fun, and fellowship.

    Learn more on the website: umcrm.camp/SEJ/

    Prices are all-inclusive (lodging, meals, programming)

    Ex. Double Room (2 beds) is $235/person all-inclusive

    *Commuter pricing available

    If you are registered but have not yet sent a check or submitted online payment, please pay your balance online now or bring a check with you to Beersheba Springs. Not sure? Log in to UMCRM.wildapricot.org to check your account. Or email us. 

Questions?  Please contact our Association Registrar

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