What We Believe
Welcoming you to have fun and grow together in God's awesome wilderness.
Stewards God’s creation
Welcomes people as they are
Nurtures transformative experiences
Grows faith in Christ, and
Inspires change-makers in the world.
Tall Timber is:
- A majestic mountain sanctuary, set apart, where GOD enfolds, reveals, and nourishes people in His Creation.
- A place where JESUS invites each of us to tell our story, to listen to the stories of others, and to be transformed by His great story.
- A place where the HOLY SPIRIT inspires all to grow relationally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually, in love and laughter, from generation to generation.
- A place where our commitment to a culture of CHRISTIAN hospitality makes Christ known in all we say, do, and create for our guests.
Statement of Belief
We believe in the sovereignty of God, centrality of Christ, the transforming presence of the Holy Spirit, justification by grace through faith, the authority of scripture, and the priesthood of all believers.
We understand this to mean:
God is the supreme authority throughout the universe and in our lives.
Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our salvation is God's generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments.
We are all ministers of the gospel, and it is everyone's call - clergy and lay people alike - to share this Good News with the whole world.
Philosophy of Camping
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Our purpose is to glorify God through Christ-centered camping programs in connection with local churches. In unique out-of-door settings, the reconciling love of God is proclaimed that people may respond with commitment, demonstrate Christ’s Lordship in their daily lives, be prepared for local and worldwide service, build relationships that cut across barriers, and heighten appreciation of their role as stewards in the created order.
Objectives of Ministry
TO GLORIFY GOD THROUGH CHRIST-CENTERED CAMPING PROGRAMS
To develop, promote, and conduct camping programs which attempt to in every to have Christ at the center.
To view all activities as opportunities to learn Christian principles and demonstrate Christ-centered daily living.
To provide camping programs without denying any person the opportunity to participate.
To provide a concentrated experience with fewer distractions.
To be excellent in all that we do for Jesus.
IN CONNECTION WITH LOCAL CHURCHES
To utilize volunteers in order to involve an ever-expanding number of the body of Christ in ministry.
To train volunteers from local churches in order to better enable them as ministers.
To provide a mission which supplements that of the local church, which they might not be able to provide for themselves.
To affirm local churches as crucial, and facilitate in the promotion, support and follow-up of camping programs.
IN UNIQUE OUT-OF-DOOR SETTINGS
To experience the beauty and natural surroundings of our Lord’s creation.
To experience a new environment, away from one’s normal setting.
To meet people’s need for adventure and challenge.
To provide a wholesome and fun environment.
THE RECONCILING LOVE OF GOD IS PROCLAIMED
To reflect a biblical base in all programs and teachings.
To insure that each camper becomes aware of Jesus Christ and what it means to be a Christian.
To proclaim a personal message of reconciliation, reflecting the need for a personal response.
To encourage creativity and relevance in the proclamation of the Gospel.
THAT PEOPLE MAY RESPOND WITH COMMITMENT
To give the invitation of Christ (at each camp) and offer opportunities for response.
To encourage personal commitment and response, in dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit, and not on human pressure.
DEMONSTRATE CHRIST’S LORDSHIP IN THEIR DAILY LIVES
To provide opportunities for growth and application of Christ’s lordship in their daily living and decision making.
To present a realistic picture of Christ’s Lordship; i.e. the cost of discipleship.
To seek camp staff, paid and volunteer, who model Christ’s Lordship in their daily lives and work.
To help campers identify support systems and follow-up support away from camp.
BE PREPARED FOR LOCAL AND WORLDWIDE SERVICE
To help campers discover and implement an attitude of servanthood: seeing needs and doing this in a Christ-like manner.
To develop the desire to fulfill the great Commission.
To develop confidence in God’s support of those who serve Him.
To help campers discover their unique skills and talents, and develop them to God’s glory and service.
BUILD RELATIONSHIPS THAT CUT ACROSS BARRIERS
To foster family unity and communication through play, worship, learning, and being together.
To offer opportunities for intergenerational experiences, relationships, and interaction.
To provide relational alternatives based on Christian principles in contrast to societal norms of sex, culture, race, and physical ability.
HEIGHTEN APPRECIATION OF THEIR ROLE AS STEWARDS IN THE CREATED ORDER
To develop awareness of the grandeur of God’s creation
To examine our impact on God’s creation.
To develop an understanding of the meaning of Christian stewardship.
To develop and maintain the camp as a visual and practical demonstration of stewardly management.
To offer programs and activities which themselves model stewardly conduct.