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Tennessee Mission Trip 1
Tennessee Mission Trip 1

Tennessee Mission Trip

Ocoee Resort Ministries team Planning Guide Compiled by Chris Stewart & Lindsey Williams Copyright © by Ocoee Resort Ministries 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011

P.O. Box 466 355 Camp Agape Rd. Benton, TN 37307

The materials in this guide may not be reproduced in any form, by any methods, for any purpose without the prior written consent of Ocoee Resort Ministries.

Table of Contents

Welcome!

Who’s who when I get to camp? The Camp Agape Story (abridged) Who is Ocoee Resort Ministries? Why Resort Ministries? Why Community Ministries? Sample Schedule When is Free-Time? Code of Conduct & Safety A further word about DRESS CODE… Where will we stay? & Who will feed us?!? Getting People Involved Registration Responsibilities Planning Tips and Tidbits Team’s Bill of Rights Ministry Helps

A Resort Evangelism Strategy

Preparing for Relational Evangelism

Plan to allow for Follow-up

Secular Management

Prayer/Ministry Hikes Helps

River Ministries

Community Ministries

P.L.A.Y. T.I.M.E. Guidelines

Face Painting Tips

F.U.N. Guidelines

Drama Guidelines

Street Drama

‘ud Bracelets

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[(A) Mission Team Participant’s Covenant, (B) Sign-up Sheet/Housing Rooster, (C) Packing List & Emergency #s, (D) Participation, Media, and Medical Consent Forms, (E) Directions to Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries, (F) Commissioning Service, (G) Sample Commissioning Ser- vice, (H) Sample Celebration Service, (I) Maps, (J) Area Attractions]

Welcome to the team! We are glad God is sending you to help us bring

Welcome to the team!

We are glad God is sending you to help us bring glory to His name. We are praying that God continues preparing your hearts and the hearts of all those we will minister to together. This team Planning Guide was pray fully designed to help you as you prepare to come. Even the fact the t in team looks like a cross is to remind all of us to keep our Savior first. Our prayer is that you will have a clearer understanding of the ministry and be able to devote your attention to more important things like prayer and surren- dering so God can use you as He sees fit. We want you to be confident when you come that you are called and equipped for the task. So get ready! Welcome to the team! We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Christ’s Servant,

Chris Stewart,

Director, Camp Agapé / Ocoee Resort Ministries

Thank you for choosing to minister with us here at Camp Agapé & Ocoee Resort Min-

istries. More than that, thank you for being willing to give of your time and effort to

share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world!

Please make sure to inform those individuals who will be coming to minister outside

their comfort zone for a week that they might not return the same person! Or at least that

is our hope and prayer.

I came all the way from Texas for a one week mission trip when I was in high school

to Camp Agape and now I’m a full-time resident of the area! One week can dramatically

change your life, if you’re willing to let it…

Get ready for God to be God!!

Daughter of the KING,

Lindsey Williams

Missions Associate, Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries

Who’s who when I get to camp?

Below are brief bio’s of the folks who have helped plan your trip. Want to know more about us? Just ask.

helped plan your trip. Want to know more about us? Just ask. Chris, Penny, Susan, Christopher,

Chris, Penny, Susan, Christopher, Jonathan, and Gideon make up the Stewart Six family. Chris originally moved to Tennessee to serve as the Director of Ocoee Re- sort Ministries in 2000 and in 2004 was asked to consider the position as Director of Camp Agape as well as ORM. Prior to the move to Tennes- see he served as a pastor in his home state of Mississippi.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully, administering God’s grace in various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Lindsey Williams comes from the great (flat) state of Texas! During college she came in 2002 to serve for 4 weeks as a summer missionary with Chris & ORM, but ended up staying the entire summer. Returned again for the sum- mer of 2003. Graduated from college (Texas A&M University) May 2004 and moved to Tennessee only 7 days later to serve full-time as the Missions Associate for Camp Agape & ORM.

as the Missions Associate for Camp Agape & ORM. “Peace I leave with you; my peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

The Camp Agape Story (abridged)

Told by W.L. Shipman and Andy Jordan compiled by Chris Stewart

Camp Agape is a ministry of the churches of the Polk County Baptist Association (PCBA). The mission of Camp Agape is to assist churches in fulfilling their vision to build the kingdom of God by:

Providing safe, well maintained facilities for spiritual retreats and camps,

Offering quality camp and mission programs staffed by trained leaders,

Recruiting skilled volunteers to assist with various aspects of the camp ministry,

Organizing and supervising mission opportunities in resort and community settings,

Supervising adult volunteers and students serving as teen Buddies, Sojourners, Innova- tors, Summer and Semester Missionaries,

Continually up-grading our facilities and programs, and

Offering our services to churches on a year-round basis.

Offering our services to churches on a year-round basis. In the 1960s Rev. John Hipsher was

In the 1960s Rev. John Hipsher was serving as Director of Missions for the Polk County Baptist Association (PCBA). In partnership with the Director of the Agriculture Extension Department of Polk County, Mr. McCroy, they began to lease the Old CC Camp site at Greasy Creek from the U. S. Forest Service. It was on this site they started camps for the boys and girls of Polk County.

In the fall of 1966 PCBA became interested in having their own camp and letting the Agricul- ture Department have Camp McCroy for their 4-H camp. Therefore, in August of 1967, Eulain Bramlett, the Brotherhood Director for PCBA, made contact with Ms. Woodbridge about sell- ing 20 acres near the Cherokee National Forest. Mr. Bramlett, Bro. W. L. Shipman, Director of Missions, Frank Hammons, and Stanley Elrod, PCBA Treasurer were told Ms. Woodbridge would not subdivide the property. However, she would consider selling the whole 223 acre tract for $100.00 an acre. Feeling lead by God the four men agreed to pay 10% within three days. The men began to raise the money by asking friends to give a gift of $100.00 or more if they could. In three days they went back with the money and asked that a deed be made to the Trus- tees of the PCBA. During the next six years, the property was paid for.

Before local churches started putting up buildings on the property, they transported children to the property for the first overnight PCBA camps. These early camps were held under large army tents. Thanks to the hard work of the PCBA Brotherhood and WMU, these first camps were huge successes.

Camp Agape has grown tremendously since those early years. The camp now offers missions camps and retreat facilities for groups from across the country and relies on several ministry partners. The mission camp focuses on two areas of ministry—resort and community. Retreat groups are offered opportunities to go deep with Biblical truths through discipleship/recreation using team-building, environmental education and adventure activities.

Choosing to be a part of His work to redeem the lost world through camp ministries has forced us to grow as a people, led us to seek the lost in new ways and challenged our faith. The Lord is blessing us beyond measure. Thank you for being a part of the future with us.

Who is Ocoee Resort Ministries?
Who is Ocoee Resort Ministries?

Ocoee Resort Ministries is a ministry designed to share the love of God in simple and straightforward ways with those who work and play in resort and leisure settings in South- east Tennessee. Our purpose is to evangelize and disciple for Jesus Christ individuals in- volved in resort and leisure settings. We believe that if people will accept Jesus and be- come his disciples, God will be glorified before all the nations. Therefore, we strive to fol- low Jesus’ example so that others may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in Heaven.

ORM began in 1999 from the realization that people working and playing on the Ocoee River needed to be targeted with the Gospel by Bradley Baptist. During that year Michelle McCluskey and Brittnee Slaughter surveyed and established ministries with rafting outfit- ters, the Forest Service, and local parks. In 2000 Chris Stewart, a Missions Service Corps Volunteer, was assigned by NAMB to serve as Director of the ministry. 2002 brought a for- mal partnership between Bradley and Polk Baptist Associations that gave the ministry more of a regional reach. With God’s guidance and grace, the ministry has continued to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into more and more resort and leisure settings. In 2004 Lindsey Williams came to serve alongside Chris Stewart as the Missions Associate for Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries, as a Mission Service Corps Volunteer.

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Why Resort Ministries?

To meet People with the Gospel of Je- sus Christ in interesting ways!

Where do you go when you want to relax? What do you do to relieve stress? How do you try to spend time with the ones you love? What is your “lifestyle sport”? How do you try to “balance” your life physically and/or mentally? People seek resort and leisure activities and settings for these and other reasons.

One of the great things about the people in most leisure settings is they are generally there seeking interaction with others. In many ways they drop their guard and are more open to hear and accept those around them. Thus, leisure time may provide the best opportunity for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people who never attend church gatherings.

Resort ministries are tools to reach those who live at, work in, and visit leisure settings. The many tools and methods used in resort ministries help to earn the right to speak with people about the Christian faith. Their curiosity is often sparked by the uniqueness of such minis- tries and the fact they are met where they are. Then, they are open to hear about the vibrant, loving, life-changing Christ.

Why Community Ministries?

Spreading the Gospel by loving and serving people in our communities!

Throughout the country people are living in towns, communities, and cities but do they really know who they are living next too? Do they know the people and their needs? Unfortunately more times than not we have no clue who our “neighbors” are. Then how in the world are we to fulfill the command that Jesus gave in Luke 10:27 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

We go into the community to find our neighbors in need. Often times our neighbors do not even realize their need. We offer free services such as window washing, carrying groceries, sweeping parking lots, helping at the food bank or crisis center. These physical labor services open the door for our mission teams to proclaim the Gospel through words next. Sometimes it’s through sharing an encouraging word or smile to a mother struggling to get her three chil- dren and buggy full of groceries in the car before it starts raining. Sometimes it’s rearranging and sorting clothes for four straight hours so that the clothes floor will be ready to receive even more clothes for tomorrow.

Our “neighbors” are everywhere! The question is, are we willing to look up from our place and time in life to notice them and meet them where they are in order to share the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Missions Sample Schedule

We will work with you to develop a schedule that will work best for you. [Many activities in our area can also be participated in with an attitude of ministry thus allowing you to have fun and still minister to the employees and other guests (something to think and ask about)]

Day 1—

4:00 PM— 5:30 PM— 7:00 PM— 9:0 0 PM—

Team arrives to check-in Supper Worship & Orientation Adjourn to rest the body!

Days 2-5—

7:30 AM—

Breakfast

8:00 AM—

Teams meet with summer missionaries for Worship, Bible Study,

10:30 AM—

and Prayer time Morning ministry

12:00 PM—

Lunch

1:00 PM—

Afternoon ministry

4:30 PM—

Break for rest and clean-up

5:30 PM—

Supper

7:00 PM—

Evening ministry

Day 6 —

7:30 AM—

Breakfast

8:00 AM—

Teams meet with summer missionaries for Celebration

When is Free-Time?

Generally one of the first questions that groups ask when they see the schedule is where’s the free time??? Well, we assume that upon you desiring and registering for this mission trip that what you’ve decided to do with your “free time” is go on a mission trip. Unless a ministry comes up, we try to schedule Thursday evening as your “group time” to go do whatever your group would care to do after our afternoon ministry. You will be responsible for planning this event. Please consider what to do and discuss with your team prior to the trip. Trust us when we say you will not be disappointed in the lack of “free time” when the week is finished!

Code of Conduct & Safety

The ministry team of Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries is excited and happy to have your group as a part of the ministry here in Southeast Tennessee this summer! Along with partnering in ministry comes both joy and awesome responsibility. Please remind your mission team members that the minis- tries you will participate in have been established with people in this community. Their rules– no matter how inconvenient— must be followed to maintain an ongoing, trust-relationship so that ministry can continue to occur. You will be representatives of your church, Camp Agape, Ocoee Resort Ministries, and most importantly, Jesus Christ. Remember that your conduct will be observed and measured against the teachings of Christ by folks you minister to and around.

When ‘on site’ for ministry, mission team members need to realize that the ministry performed is the

the end in itself. The most important part of the ministry is the

personal contacts you will make. Therefore, take advantage of opportunities to get to know the indi- viduals to whom you will be ministering.

tool used in sharing God’s love

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Drink large amounts of water. Carbonated beverages are not a replacement for water. You will be out- side and need water to prevent dehydration.

Sunscreen, hats and appropriate clothing should be wore to protect from sunburn and overexposure.

Bug repellent is useful. If you have any allergies to insect bite/stings be very cautious.

Shoes must be wore on site and in the river!

No giving of medication—even aspirin or Tylenol. Minor first-aid can be handled by leaders. All acci- dents and injuries must be reported.

Although things will be pre-arranged for your group, please know that flexibility and understanding are crucial to any positive missions experience.

Some things go without saying, but so that there will be no misunderstanding, please adhere to the fol- lowing guidelines:

Limit public displays of affections to those of brotherly love. Do not give out personal addresses or phone numbers. No drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products. T-shirts and shorts are appropriate for most ministries; however, NO inappropriate mes- sages or images, midriffs, halter tops, sleeveless shirts, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts, short shorts, or swimsuits that reveal one’s abdomen or are cut excessively low in the front or high in the hips. Top garments must meet or exceed the lower garments with arms extended above the head. Lower garments must meet or exceed the mid-thighs.

A further word about DRESS CODE

We ask each team leader to prayerfully and strongly explain to the rest of the team that everything we do here with Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries is biblically based even down to what we wear. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not allow girls or guys to come with shorts that are tight, short, or re- vealing in any fashion! When in doubt encourage them to bring Capri pants or board shorts!! Please also watch the shirts and make sure they are not inappropriate in any fashion, too tight, too short, too low cut!

Our ministry sites require activity, in being active will their clothes at any point become inappropriate? We know this is difficult for you as a leader to control but please make this a priority in your pre-trip planning to discuss with the group and please do not be offended by us if during your stay we ask you to deal with someone wearing questionable clothing. This is not because we’re old fuddy duddy’s but be- cause we want to exemplify the modesty Christ instructs us too and we want to protect our ministry team members.

Where will we stay? Who will FEED US?

Housing is planned at Camp Agape. The camp is a ministry of the Polk Baptist Association and is lo- cated at the base of Mt. Chilhowee on the edge of the Cherokee National Forest and around a pictur- esque lake. This camp is centrally located to the many ministry sites we serve throughout Polk Co

You will be staying in gender separated cabins or dormitory settings with adjoining restrooms. Please bring your own linens, pillows, towels, etc… (See packing list in the appendices Item D)

The meals are prepared in Camp Agape’s commercial kitchen. All food is of high quality and prepared by a caring staff prior to each meal. Breakfast is served at 8:00, lunch at 12:00 and supper at 5:30. In order to help us all stay on schedule, we ask you to make sure and arrive on time for meals.

Sample menus include but are not limited too:

Breakfast:

(biscuits, sausage, gravy) or (biscuits, eggs, bacon) or (pancakes & sausage) Fruit Cereal Milk, OJ, coffee

Lunch:

(Chicken tenders & fries) or (Hamburgers, baked beans & chips) or (Pizza & corn) Dessert Fruit Sweet Tea, Ice Water

Supper:

(Chicken Alfredo, peas, breadsticks) or (Roast, potatoes, green beans, rolls) Dessert Sweet Tea, Ice Water

Getting People Involved

Mission trips should be designed to involve the entire church. Do not forget about the adults and students who cannot be with you. There are many ways to get them involved beyond gifts of money:

A major component of the success of your missions experience comes from prayer support. Be assured that the our ministry team is praying for you and your mission team. Begin now to enlist your church to join you in prayer for:

Your team’s involvement on mission (before, during, and after your trip).

Your leadership’s planning and preparation for the ministry.

The partnership that is developing between your church and our staff.

The individuals who will be ministered to through your mission trip.

The overall mission of Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries.

When persons indicate the desire to be a part of your mission team, ask them to enlist prayer partners: family members; Sunday School members; friends.

The study and application of scripture in the lives of each mission team participant will help us all remain focused and united in our efforts during our time of service. The following scripture passages could be used as supplements to daily devotionals or incorporated into group studies, or you can search out a Bible Study on preparing for missions.

John 4:4-42 (see A Resort Evangelism Strategy p. 18)

2 Corinthians 2:14-16; 4:1-2,7-12; 5:11-6:2

Acts 2:3-47

1 John 1:5-2:14

Mark 1:15-20

Ephesians 4:1-6; 4:22-5:21

Hebrews 4:14-16

Matthew 28; 7:13-14; 13:11-17; 5:1-16

Luke 3:7-18; 4:4,8,12,18-19

7:13-14; 13:11-17; 5:1-16 Luke 3:7-18; 4:4,8,12,18-19 ♦ Enlist Sunday School classes and other groups to

Enlist Sunday School classes and other groups to collect needed supplies such as crafts, snacks, hospitality ministry items (we can let you know what type of items), etc….

Conduct a Commissioning Service during your church’s regular worship time the Sunday before you leave. (see pp. 44,45)

Mail can be received by your team members at Camp Agape’s office (be sure to send letters and packages early—even before the team leaves home!).

Take photos, slides, and/or video of your mission team to share with your church family. This will provide great “memory joggers” for mission team members and help folks at home visualize what you have experienced.

After you return home from your missions experience, encourage the team members to share with their prayer partners the difference their prayers made!

Lead your church in a Celebration worship service upon your arrival home: not a mission

trip report

to develop a servant heart and become a more on mission church! (see p. 46)

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a season of worship. Inspire the members of your extended church family

Dare to be on mission where you are! Could God be giving you a vision of what could happen in your corner of the world? With His leadership you can start something new or expand on going ministries! Do not be afraid to trust God!

Registration Responsibilities

1. Prepare your mission team participants for their Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries

experience:

enlist prayer support for your team pray for those to whom your team will minister continue discipleship and ministry skill development Have an ‘ud Bracelet party to make your bracelets! (pg. 33) introduce leadership concepts specific to your ministry assignment(s) i.e. working with children, hospitality, sports evangelism, mingling to start spiritual conversations, etc. review Code of Conduct & Safety (pg. 9) with team members carefully review Mission Team Participant’s Covenant (Item A p. 37) Sign & date distribute Packing List & Emergency #s (Item C) distribute, retrieve and make copies of Participation, Media, Medical Consent Forms for each participant (Item D pp. 40,41)) gather project materials, resources, and equipment

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Please send in your Registration Form, Deposits, and Sign-up Sheet/Housing Roster (Item B p. 38) with shirt sizes ASAP The last date to decrease the number of participants is one month prior to coming. After this date you will be required to pay for no less than the num- ber given on the Sing-up/Housing Roster.

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Lead your church in a time of commissioning for your group prior to their departure.

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Be sure you have everyone and all you need. Do not forget flexibility, a servant attitude, Covenant agreements (Item A) , your Participation, Media, Medical Consent Forms (Item D). Then do not forget to load it all up!

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After the best sing along your group has ever had in your spacious van, arrive on the mis- sion field in Southeast Tennessee.

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Meet your summer missionaries who will love and help you all week. They will also remind you of Worship Orientation.

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Join us in the Dining Hall for supper.

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Worship Orientation will begin at after supper. During this time you will receive:

~a fun time of welcome ~information on the ministry and your ministry assignments ~witnessing helps ~a time of worship and focusing on God for the week

9.

Allow God to help as you serve!

Planning Tips and Tidbits

The region you will be ministering in is diverse socio-economically and culturally. You may even have opportunities to minister to internationals. ALL volunteers must be willing to work with ALL types of people.

Remember that even though you will be serving “in the States,” there are many local cul- tural distinctions. Volunteers need to be open to new ideas and capable of making adjust- ments to the local culture (they are coming to minister to not culturally clash with the peo- ple).

A pre-project visit gives you a clearer understanding of the ministry settings for proper planning. You can see and determine spacing, travel, and resource needs. During such a visit you may also take video of the area to help prepare your team. (such a visit and video often helps to excite and assure volunteers of the fact God is using them to change the world)

Unless otherwise discussed and agreed upon, volunteers must provide their own local trans- portation and ministry materials.

ALL volunteers are personally responsible for providing their own liability and medical in- surance.

Consider the following items in enlisting mission team members:

1. Teams can be composed of all ages but youth groups must maintain a minimum 1:6 ratio of adults to students.

2. Members need to be trained in personal witnessing of some kind. Although we use many activities and programs the primary goal is to get people into one-on-one conversations (see A Resort Evangelism Strategy p.18).

3. Be familiar with the types of people needed for the ministries you will be doing (the section on ministry helps can assist you as well as a pre-project visit). Teams in which every member knows their area of responsibility and every member has an area of responsibility seem to work better together.

4. Attitudes of servanthood are a must for the mission field. Volunteers must cooper- ate with one another and with local leadership.

Take time to do team building activities and to practice the ministries that you will be doing. Such activities will help to calm fears, strengthen bonds, and excite the team about the privi- lege of serving God together.

Keep everyone informed about the progress that is being made toward the mission trip. This keeps everyone aware of and involved in how to pray specifically for the mission trip.

Having an ongoing PRAYER TEAM back home during the trip is a great help. Plan ways to contact them during the trip to update them on specific prayer needs and thanksgivings.

Going over rules of conduct and safety early in the planning process and a week prior to coming helps to prevent many needs for discipline while on the mission field.

Establish with your team the parameters in which members of the opposite sex are to relate on the trip. We do require that members of the opposite sex not enter into each others rooms (the only exception is guys helping to carry luggage during arrival and departure.) We also require groups of three or more at all times.

Be sure you consider budgeting for the trip carefully. The following worksheet might help.

Total Trip Cost:

Transportation (include extra for unexpected expenses)

$

Travel Food (# of people x # of meals x cost of each meal)

$

Supplies and materials needed to conduct ministries

$

Any additional insurance needed

$

Camp Agape/ORM Fees (# of people x package price)

$

Miscellaneous

$

TOTAL

$

Financing for Trip:

Church Budget

$

Special Offerings

$

Participant Fees

$

Fund-raising Projects

$

Other (Associational or State grants, Scholarships, etc.)

$

TOTAL

$

If you anticipate God using you in mighty ways, He will! Instill an attitude of anticipation in your team while reminding them that God will use them in ways they may never know.

Team’s Bill of Rights

The ministry team of Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries want you to have a great week of ministering. We understand that even under the most perfect of situations it is difficult to be a servant. It does not come naturally to any of us. Yet, God asks that we let Him live out His per- fect love through us.

Your willingness to invest in Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries are wonderful gifts to us. We pray that we will be worthy stewards of these gifts. As important as it is to meet the needs of those we serve, it is equally important to us that we equip and enable you as you seek God’s will for your life. More than anything we want your missions experience to strengthen your faith and challenge your mission mindedness. It is to this end we pledge to you:

Support— Although you will have great responsibility, you will not bear it alone. Nor will you be expected to do that which you are not capable.

Availability— Although it will be a busy time for everyone, you will not be left alone to make it work. We will work the projects and problems out together.

Listening— Your input will be a valuable commodity to us as we try to make Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries everything God wants them to be. Do not hesitate to share sug- gestions and constructive criticisms.

Treatment as a person of worth and value, empowered for ministry— We desire to rec- ognize, utilize, and celebrate the gifts, talents, and abilities which make you uniquely you!

To be God centered in all we try to do— God is our focus and the one we serve. We un- derstand by praising and serving Him we will better minister to you and others. Only God can equip and use you to be effective for His Kingdom. Therefore, we will pray for you not only as you come to serve with us but also as you go back to your mission field.

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Explanations and Suggestions for Ministries done with Camp Agapé & Ocoee Resort Ministries

A Resort Evangelism Strategy

Doing Evangelism when You Can Not Start an Evangelistic Conversation

By Chris Stewart

Often times we find ourselves in Federal, State, or private, secular facilities doing resort and leisure ministries. When given permission to go into such places, there are often limitations made. One of the main limitations is, “We don’t want you coming in here pushing your beliefs on our guests.” Basically this means they do not want us to start an evangelistic conversation.

On the other hand, resort and leisure settings are places where people go for refreshment and to quench an inner thirst. A setting very similar to one we find Jesus in at Jacob’s well. John chap- ter 4 is a record of the events that took place there. We can use Jesus’ example to know how we can do evangelism in resort and leisure settings without openly starting an evangelistic conver- sation.

First, Jesus started by putting himself where the woman was. He did not require her to come to his territory; nor did He force his way into her territory. Instead, He met her in “neutral” terri- tory. Also, Jesus let the woman know He, too, was there because He was tired and thirsty, just as she was. The woman, therefore, was not likely to have put up barriers that would have pre- vented or negatively prejudiced her hearing the Spirit’s call.

Resort and leisure settings are “neutral” territories. People enter such places often hurting and seeking but at the same time allowing their “guards” to drop. They want to find others there like themselves. When we go to these settings, we must be willing to meet people where they are. Without trivializing the Gospel, we must present ourselves in a fashion that complements the setting letting others know we are there for similar reasons as they are. Jesus shows us that it is okay to sit by the well for a conversation rather than stand on the well to “preach.”

Secondly, Jesus illustrated that we do not have to start a spiritual conversation in order to have an evangelistic conversation. Jesus knew the women at the well needed to talk about such mat- ters, but he also knew that she was not expecting to do so. Therefore, He allowed her the free- dom to move the conversation in that direction. By simply answering her questions with leading responses, He opened the door for her to ask him to tell her about his “beliefs.”

In resort and leisure settings, people are not necessarily expecting to discuss spiritual matters; nor are they necessarily willing to listen to what you have to say. However, if they are the ones asking the questions, they will want to know the answers. By witnessing to people in this man- ner, we can operate within the limitations of not “pushing our beliefs on the guests.” We are giving the guest and/or employees the opportunity to engage us in spiritual and evangelistic conversations.

These are but two things Jesus can teach us about doing evangelism in resort and leisure set- tings. Take the time to reread John 4 and other accounts of Jesus ministering and witnessing. Allow the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see unique ways of turning the limitations of man into opportunities to get people more interested in hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Prepare for Relational Evangelism

Remind your team of the blind man in John 9 . He was not skilled in evangelistic methods; however, when it came time to share what Jesus had done for him, he did not hesitate. He just simply told what had happened to him. “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

The primary focus of your mission trip will be to use a variety of activities to get into one-on- one conversations with the people you meet in resort, leisure, and community settings. Since your group will only have a short period of time, they must be able to express their life- changing experience with Jesus Christ in one to two minutes using simple, non-churchy lan- guage.

The North American Mission Board has a number of good resources to help lead your group in simple relational evangel- ism (www.namb.net/personal/). You can find free download- able training called One Day / One Hour Witnessing Training at www.namb.net/evangelsim/pe/onedaywitness/.The NET is an eight session discipleship course they offer. You can find the materials at LifeWay stores or www.NAMB.net/thenet/.

There are also a number of other great resources out there like: Share Jesus without Fear; Into Their Shoes; Meeting Needs, Sharing Christ; etc.

As you are preparing, just remember that in many of our settings we can not start an “evangelistic conversation.” This really is not a hindrance. As you prepare your team just teach them to allow the Holy Spirit to help them not answer questions with simple replies. Instead, their answers should reflect an awareness and growing relationship with God. (i.e. “How are you doing?” reply something like “A lot better since Jesus changed my life.”; also see p. 18 “A Resort Evangelism Strategy”)

life.”; also see p. 18 “A Resort Evangelism Strategy”) Plan to Allow Follow-up Since your team

Plan to Allow Follow-up

Since your team will only be here for a short period of time and many of the people in resort and leisure settings are around for only a short period of time, it is important to plan for follow- up. We must be sure to get contact information in non-threatening ways.

We have blank cards that can be carried with you onsite. We have found that when people make decisions, they are often willing to give their information for you to write down. (Unfortunately, for security reasons we do not suggest you give out your personal information. We try to have Camp Agape contact information for you to give them, and then we will forward contacts if necessary.)

The information is given to churches near the person’s home to do follow-up. This is especially important for individuals who make decisions.

Working with Secular Management and in National Forest and State Park Properties

Most of your contacts this summer will be brief. Much time, prayer, and energy have already been invested in relationships with secular personnel who are coordinating your activities. Working with these people is a delicate matter; they control your access to those who need to hear about our God’s love, and many of them need to hear the message themselves. There- fore, you must operate under the following guidelines.

1. This is a business relationship. This is their turf. You are offering them a service for their patrons.

2. You must always respect the management’s wishes and do, as they request, no matter how it seems to limit your witness. If you cross the lines they have set, you blow our witness with them and the rest of the management staff at the site. You not only blow it for your team, but for future teams who may be allowed to work at the site as well.

3. Always be courteous and appreciative for the opportunity to serve at their site.

4. Watch your words. Translate Baptist and Christian terms to phrases they will under- stand. We do not want to hide behind our Baptist phrases or intimidate them with our language, but we don’t want to appear less then we are, either. Use words and phrases that describe activities in ways that will not confuse or scare them.

5. Secular personnel are probably always a bit wary about who we are and what our mo- tives are. We must show them that we are normal, fun-loving people. We must prove to them we are not going to take our Bibles and follow their patrons around quoting scrip- ture at them. We must learn to be real within a secular context. We should be ready to explain out faith in terms that can be easily understood. Leave the door wide open for them to go deeper.

6. Be yourself. Do not get caught up in saying the right things. Just be yourself and allow God to show you where He is at work. Join Him there.

7. Be sensitive to the receptivity of those who work at the site. Building relationships with these workers is another way to establish an ongoing witnessing relationship. Follow these guidelines when reaching out to people who work at your ministry site:

a. It is not a good idea to start a conversation with a worker while he is conducting business (I.e. loading equipment, making a radio call)

b. If you are in the midst of a conversation and they are needed, step aside.

c. Do not assume you are allowed into employee areas.

d. When given the opportunity, inform them of after hour events at which time a con- versation would be easier.

What is a Prayer/Ministry Hike? Prayer walking in day use areas--Using your senses to listen

What is a Prayer/Ministry Hike?

Prayer walking in day use areas--Using your senses to listen for God’s prompting as you are led along a trail or beside a popular recreation area to pray for those that you encounter and all those who might visit that place as well as using a prayer list to pray for request that have been made to the ministry. Ministering as you are going—Offering cold bottles of water, first-aid supplies, or a helping hand to those you encounter as a way of beginning a conversation that your fellow team members will be praying will turn into a time of sharing spiritually.

Why do a Prayer/Ministry Hike?

Prayer is the foundation of all ministries. By continually flooding the area with prayers, strong holds are torn down and opportunities are discovered. People often visit these areas seeking to be closer to God or at least closer to His creation. Therefore, you are available to guide them to the Creator that they need. People often visit these areas as an attempt to run from their problems. Even if you do not get a chance to talk with them, you will have helped them by interceding for them. Prayer is never a wasted activity!

What do you need for a Prayer/Ministry Hike?

A willingness to pray!

Backpacks to carry chilled water bottles and supplies

½ pint water bottles chilled and labeled [We have designed a special label using Rev. 22:17b. If you would like to bring bottles with you, please let us know and we will send you the labels. We have only a limited number of bottles that we can supply.]

First-aid supplies [We have a kit that will suffice.]

Towel (This is in case you need to help someone who is in the water.)

A good pair of comfortable hiking shoes

How do you do it?

Before going to the area, have a time of prayer seeking God’s leadership for the hike. Divide the group into teams of three. These smaller teams will be able to pull aside to approach people without intimidating them with the whole group. Listen to the hike leaders. They will help to instruct you along the way. They will have insights into the people and some prayer needs that you will not know about. Respect others privacy. Only approach those people who have recognized your presence and invited you over. Always leave the area cleaner then you found it and do not allow water bottles to be left littering the area. Remember your reason for being there, prayer and ministry. Do not be afraid to use obvious prayer postures. Close out with thanksgiving to God for what He has done and shown you.

Rivers are powerful and majestic. They sculpt the land and seem to have an uncanny,

Rivers are powerful and majestic. They sculpt the land and seem to have an uncanny, mesmer- izing draw on people. In the 47th chapter of Ezekiel, a vision is told of the mighty river that flows from the altar of God. This river transforms the area into a vibrant life giving place.

As Christians we are to flow this river. John 7:38 reminds us that if we believe in Jesus, the river will flow from with in us out of the altar of God in our heart. With such Biblical imagery, it seems natural that rivers should be places where we can easily reach out to others with God’s love.

Here are some ways Ocoee Resort Ministry has discovered to do evangelism in river settings:

Ministry has discovered to do evangelism in river settings: The Watering Hole is a hospitality table
Ministry has discovered to do evangelism in river settings: The Watering Hole is a hospitality table

The Watering Hole is a hospitality table offering cold cups of water, cold fruit flavored drinks, salvation bracelets, and Gospel tract souvenir maps to rafters as they exit the river. The ministry provides refreshments and crowd control while sharing the love of God.

Harold tells the rafters that there are free refreshments as they come ashore and helps to direct people out of the way so river guides can load the rafts.

Both Phillip and Phyllis are behind the table making sure there are plenty of filled cups and souvenirs.

Chuck and Janet R. are policing the area making sure all trash is put into the trash cans.

And, Claries and Tilly are talking with the bus drivers and rafters answering their questions.

with the bus drivers and rafters answering their questions. Groups of people are taken to the
with the bus drivers and rafters answering their questions. Groups of people are taken to the

Groups of people are taken to the river and guided in prayer walking along the river. Key areas that are prayed for are gathering spots for kayakers, stopping points for bus drivers, put-in and take-out locations. During the prayer walks, opportunities for one-on-one con- versations often happen. These conversations are steered toward spiritual matters and can develop into Gospel presentations.

Kayakers who need a lift to the put-in or back to their vehicle are provided

Kayakers who need a lift to the put-in or back to their vehicle are provided a free taxi ser- vice . This ride generally takes four to seven minutes. During that time a couple or team of three (comprised of males and females) are working together to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One is the designated driver. One is the prayer warrior. And, one is the talker.

driver. One is the prayer warrior. And, one is the talker. Friday nights after the river

Friday nights after the river closes (7ish PM), churches provide good home cooked food for 50-100+ river guides, bus drivers, and store workers. This is a time of sitting around a common table, playing together, and discussing Biblical principles. A typical format is supper, volleyball or some other activity, and closing out with a group discussion time (Bible study).

and closing out with a group discussion time (Bible study). Spiritually grounded individuals willing to work

Spiritually grounded individuals willing to work as river guides, bus drivers, or recep- tionist are helped in securing jobs at river outfitters. Through strong Christian work ethics and obtaining opportunities to share their beliefs with their co-workers, these individuals become examples and ministers on the river.

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individuals become examples and ministers on the river. Well, we Beach in Tennessee? those lakes the

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those lakes the Forest Service has brought in sand and turned a mere lake, into a lovely beach setting. We take groups out to hand out salvations bracelets, do face painting, clowning, play with slipdisc and sand toys, any other way a team can think of to get involved with the people. Ministry team members will be asked to wear t-shirt and shorts at all times to help represent Christ in a modest fashion.

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For more information, please see “Why Resort Ministries” on page 7 of this Plan- ning Guide.

Where is one place almost every person on the face of this earth can go

Where is one place almost every person on the face of this earth can go to find people to minister to? What better place than the community in which you are daily involved with. We invite you to serve with us here and gain a better understanding and a few ideas of how to reach out to that community that you are among every day.

Thank you for choosing to come serve with us in our Jerusalem and for caring for it as if it were your own! “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8. May you be filled with anticipation as the time draws near for you to “receive power” in becoming a witness for Jesus Christ in our Jerusalem and gain insight in finding ways to impact your own Jerusalem!

Here are some ways Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries do evangelism in our community set- ting:

Resort Ministries do evangelism in our community set- ting: R ANDOM A CTS OF K INDNESS

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Be prepared to enter into the community with a desire to find needs and meet those needs. Often times we will go out to local grocery stores, or any other parking lot that people are frequently in and out and wash car windows, check tire pressure, sweep parking lots, carry groceries, and whatever else we see that we could do in order to show people the love of Jesus. Sometimes we mow lawns or clean up brush, whatever we can find to do that gets us in contact with people, not merely to do a kind act but to do it in the name of Jesus so that the recipient of the act will see a glimpse of the servant attitude Christ teaches us to have.

a glimpse of the servant attitude Christ teaches us to have. Our community has two senior
a glimpse of the servant attitude Christ teaches us to have. Our community has two senior

Our community has two senior adult apartment complexes. These facilities are not “nursing homes” these individuals are in need of government help and it provides a safe community for them to live among in individual apartments. We go into these areas and do door to door evangelism and visita- tion. Wednesday night we do a church service outside for them to enjoy since many of them can’t get to a church service. These services include anything from puppets, music, preaching, and any other way your group can share Jesus with a senior adult community.

your group can share Jesus with a senior adult community. Angel Wing’s daycare is a facility
your group can share Jesus with a senior adult community. Angel Wing’s daycare is a facility

Angel Wing’s daycare is a facility opened specifically as an out reach to those in our community. They allow us to come in and offer different programs to the children. Skits, songs, arts and crafts, bible story, face painting, clowning, etc and any other unique gift your group might have to touch the 24 heart of a child.

Once a month local volunteers gear up to help those in need throughout our community

Once a month local volunteers gear up to help those in need throughout our community through the Polk County Baptist Food Bank. The volunteers have to get the food to the food bank, they have to pack each individual bag that individuals take, and on distribution day they help carry bags to cars and get to inter- act with those in need. Our ministry teams give some of the locals a little break by going in to help do whatever they need us to do!

break by going in to help do whatever they need us to do! The Crisis Center

The Crisis Center is located about 45 minutes from Camp Agape in Ducktown, TN. Ministry teams help Mr. Al & Mrs. Margaret Patterson however they asked us to upon arrival. They have a clothes room that always needs to be straightened and re-organized. Generally there are always more clothes that have been brought in that need to be sorted and hung on hangers. Occasionally we arrive when the grounds need some attention. This ministry is always an eye opener to how blessed we truly are.

is always an eye opener to how blessed we truly are. Please keep an open heart

Please keep an open heart and mind as we are among the community because we are constantly seeking new ways to reach out to those around us to show them the love of Jesus! The Lord knows the needs around us but if we are ready and willing He is faithful to tell us where to go serve.

For more information, please refer to “Why Community Ministries” on page 8 of this Planning Guide.

P.L.A.Y. T.I.M.E.

(Purposeful Leisure Activities You Teach Involving Ministry Efforts)

If you want to reach across cultural, social, and age boundaries, try games. People want to have fun and will often join in by participating or watching when games are being played. Games have a universal appeal.

The following are some guidelines for effectively using games as ministry:

1. Use the games to convey Biblical truths and principles. i.e. tie foot races to pas- sages such as Ecc. 9:11, Acts 20:24, or 1 Cor. 9:24-27, or even Acts 8:26-40; or for challenge type event use something like Judges 7; or for team games there are nu- merous scriptures on unity and helping one another; let the Spirit lead you.

2. If the leader oozes with excitement and enthusiasm, others will reflect the same ex- citement and enthusiasm.

3. To maintain excitement stop the game at its peak. This may sound odd but it leaves the participants wanting to play the game again and their enthusiasm from that game can then be rolled over into the next game or activity.

4. Know how to play the games. (It helps to know all rules and variations so that you can make sure everyone will be playing the same game.) It is very difficult to in- struct and demonstrate games you are not thoroughly familiar with.

5. Make instructions brief but clear. Also, remember not to yell the instructions be- cause yelling will cause you to lose control and the interest of those who have gath- ered to participate.

6. Start with familiar or simple games that everyone will be able to participate in.

7. Plan more games then you expect to need. This allows flexibility in case some of the games do not go over well.

8. Plan the sequence of the games to smoothly flow from one to another. You might even use a theme to tie all the games together and to the truth or principle you are trying to teach.

9. During the game be sure to use lots of praise and encouragement such as, “Man! God has really gifted you.” or “Come on you can do it. I know God is going to give you the strength.”

10. Be sure to include a debriefing or wrap-up time where you make sure the Biblical truths and principles are clarified. This should be an exciting time ending with en- thusiasm and a positive view of the Christian life.

11. Whatever you do be sure to leave room for the Spirit’s leading

12. Have FUN! FUN! FUN! People need to see that Christians are the ones who truly have the most joyful and abundant lives.

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Face painting is a fun activity that draws a crowd. You might be surprised at the number of children and “the young at heart” that will want to get their face or arm painted. That is why face painting is such a wonderful ministry tool. People come out of the woodwork to get painted and become a captive audience.

You might find that you can use face painting at many different ministry sites. This activity is generally one of the easiest and fastest attention getters. As long as permission from manage- ment has been obtained, there should be no problems.

Here are a few tips to help make things go smoother:

Have Scripture verses or stories that go with each design so that you can talk with the person about the Scripture while you work.

Keep the designs simple. If you do an elaborate design for one person, you will have to do one for everyone which is extremely time consuming.

Use a design board with just a few (6-12) designs to choose from.

If there are no picnic tables or chairs available, place a towel or blanket on the ground to sit on. Having them sit helps them to be still and provide a better one on one atmosphere.

Have a mirror for them to look at the design when you are finished.

Use washable paints and assure them the design will wash off with soap and water. (We have cards stating this that can be handed out. Also, if you are using acrylic paints, please test them before hand. Some acrylics will stain skin.)

When doing the design on the face, place it a little high of cheek center. This makes for a happier appearing face when done. But, stay away from the eyes.

Be sure that you clean and wipe (maybe even with an antibacterial wipe) your brushes after each use. Some people even use Q-tips, so they can use a new one each time they change a color.

Have someone designated as a supply getter and crowd mingler/attention getter. This helps to keep things moving along and provides an opportunity to talk with people who are just watching.

Be friendly! Be creative! Be inspiring!

F.U.N stands for Family Unity Now. These are programs designed to provide quality family entertainment

F.U.N stands for Family Unity Now. These are programs designed to provide quality family entertainment in order to attract people and share with them about our Father and how to be his child.

The goals of a F.U.N. are:

1. To bring families together.

2. To provide a relaxed atmosphere to build relationships with non-Christians.

3. To show Christianity as a positive, joy-filled lifestyle. (Be excited and have fun.)

4. To generate group involvement.

F.U.N.s offer free, quality entertainment for families in a resort setting. The target group is the unchurched. In order to attract and hold their attention, a 50/50 split in content has been estab- lished (50% secular/50% Christian) as a rule. Be careful not to present the Christian selections somberly. Be excited and show that being a Christian is fun! Maintain vitality throughout the program, portraying Christianity as being enjoyable—or more so than the secular. Plan care- fully and prayerfully in order to reach those God will bring your way. Plan to conclude your program with your group dispersed among the crowd and ready for relational evangel- ism.

F.U.N. programs can consist of vocal/instrumental music, puppets, clowns, solos, duets, en- sembles, illusions, mime, comedy, drama, interpretive movement, sign language, games, water- melon splitting, karaoke, ice cream sundaes, and/or things from your creative imagination. Just develop a program around a theme such, as patriotism, friendship, beach music, folk music, old- ies music, a game show, a movie, a TV show, Biblical principles (just stay away from deep or denominationally distinctive doctrines), etc. Variety is the key since audiences will range in age from children to senior adults. Just be aware that people will come and go as their time allows, so people who come in the middle of a program may lose interest and leave if they cannot fol- low the program.

Dave Bennett’s book, Keep Giving Away the Faith, is an excellent resource for relational evangelism training and preparation.

HELPFUL HINTS

Arrival and Set up

Arrive early enough at location to set up, tune up, relax, canvas, and visit with early arrivals.

Program

Plan programs to last 30 to 45 minutes.

Plan for audience involvement in the program as much as possible.

Plan for your group to be with the audience some during the program.

Although “public invitations” cannot be offered, you can offer to be available to visit and talk after the program.

Plan for the group to be dispersed in the audience at the conclusion to make it easier for them to be approached. (This is where evangelism takes place.) Do not rush to load-up and leave after the program.

Give-aways are an audience pleaser.

Contests, sing-a-longs, or emcees can be fun for the crowd and group.

No religious or denominational jokes or parodies.

Variety in content is good—puppets, clowns, mime, drama, and choreography are sug- gested.

Costumes need not be elaborate, but creative.

Have a good time and let the joy of the Lord flow through you!

Equipment

Plan for the elements. Sound systems need to be loud enough to overcome wind, rapids, traffic, and other sound distractions.

Be sure to bring extension cords.

Evangelism

Practice sharing testimonies without using “churchy” words.

Be a witness corporately, and especially one on one with individuals.

Overall

Be professional, and come excited about sharing Jesus through quality family entertain- ment.

Adapted from an article produced for Low Country Ministries and the North Carolina Baptist Convention.

Adapted from an article by Bill Black in the 1993 National Resort Ministries Conference notebook.

Adapted from an article by Bill Black in the 1993 National Resort Ministries Conference notebook.

Drama in resort settings is a tool that can either draw and touch the heart of the masses, or de- stroy any relationships and credibility of the ministry personnel. Drama can work in resort set- tings when the effort is made to relate it to the special situations and needs of the visitors. Large scale, professional efforts such as passion plays or dinner theater are generally beyond the scope, capability, and budget of most resort missions projects. Thus, there is a need to focus on drama on the small scale. In the typical resort project, drama is used to supplement family programs or worship services on beaches, in campgrounds, etc. It is performed by volunteers who have gathered as a special staff. Often there is little practice time with the entire group. There is pressure to perform, however, and have a meaningful program.

With all this in mind, it is helpful to consider the following guidelines:

1. Staging, sound, props, and lighting systems should be simple to use and effective for the audience and setting (indoors and outdoors).

a. Effective resort drama takes advantage of the natural staging to assure visibility by the audience. A raised wall or platform or natural amphitheater can help. Re- member, action or props on ground level cannot be seen by most of the audi- ence, thus reducing effectiveness.

b. One of the greatest problems of outdoor drama situations is enabling the partici- pants to be heard by the audience. Movement, lack of mobile sound equipment, and competing noises all hinder the sound from reaching the audience. Efforts must be made to overcome this problem.

c. Props used in resort drama should be easy to use. As a general rule, it is better to understate the obvious with props and take advantage of the power of sugges- tion.

2. Participants should practice developing a stage presence.

a. Being comfortable with the role and costuming and familiar with the material, enables the actor to better communicate his or her message. Even in simple skits, it helps when the participants make the effort to learn dramatic action and skills. It is helpful to remember that not all volunteers are Oscar- winning mate- rial.

b. While realizing that most volunteers involved in resort drama are not profes- sionals, a professional attitude and effort on their part is necessary to ensure a competent and credible witness.

3. As a general rule, short (5-10 minutes) drama segments are more potent than longer ones. Resort program audiences generally tend to lose interest if action drags or if the subject matter takes too long to develop and present. By the same token, unless it is ex- tremely well done and is highly visible, mime performances or silent action skits do not hold audiences.

4. Resort drama must be lively in action, sound, and picture. To capture, hold, and commu- nicate to a vacationing audience, the material must present a scene of high energy and action.

5. Subject matter should be in keeping with the general message of the gospel and the spe- cific effort or theme of the program.

a. Many times resort drama presents skits that include tricks played on someone. All too often, what we think of as funny and acceptable communicates a message contrary to that of love and acceptance. There is no room for skits that degrade, make fun of, or isolate at the expense of an individual or group.

b. Efforts should be made to select material that relates in language and subject to the secular world and that communicates religious truths that the world needs to hear.

6. Audience participation, whether by sound or individuals chosen to act, should be set quickly and use only those who desire to participate. Note: Instructions for any audience participation must be presented quickly and clearly to avoid loss of interest and flow.

Street drama, known to some as guerrilla theater, can be an effective tool for communicating

Street drama, known to some as guerrilla theater, can be an effective tool for communicating the good news of Christ in resort and leisure settings. If your ministry has the talent and skill, the following outline should help you get off to a good start.—Editors

A. Two Kinds of Street Drama

1. Improvisational

a. Prearranged plot.

b. Gag lines memorized.

c. Difficult to pull off.

d. More audience identification.

B. Guidelines

1. Must be fast, funny, and loud.

2. Scripted a. Lines memorized. b. Need more time to prepare.

2. Lots of action.

3. If there are no laughs, the audience will not stay.

4. Learn to project voices.

5. You must know what you want to say.

6. Script must be specific.

7. Read (clean) joke books before writing scripts. Use three jokes per page along with sight gags.

8. Use slapstick comedy.

9. Use brightly colored costumes.

10. Use colorful backdrops and a small stage, if possible.

C. Choosing a Good Venue

1. Where people are at leisure.

2. Reasonable area to perform.

3. Optimum sightlines for audience.

4. Freedom from heavy traffic noise.

5. Choose a place where the crowd can form voluntarily.

6. Public address systems are usually unlawful without permission.

7. Study your area—use imagination and common sense.

D. Obtaining permission

1. For public and private property, written permission is best.

2. State times and dates of performances.

3. Inform the local police.

E. Staging a performance

1. Gather the crowd with colorful props (painted ladder, free-standing door, or billboard); actors in costumes (top hats, wigs, and umbrellas); or contemporary songs (jazz, reggae, and rhythmic).

2. Start with choreographed music.

3. The first sketch should be fast moving, funny, and short.

4. The next sketch should follow without a break.

5. Length should be 20-30 minutes.

6. Move from a fast beginning to a serious Christian message, and then to a lively ending.

7. Make the performances eye-catching and absorbing.

Adapted from an article by Tom Eggleston in the 1993 National Resort Ministries Conference notebook.

Each summer Camp Agapé & Ocoee Resort Ministries uses several thousand ‘ud bracelets to proclaim
Each summer Camp Agapé & Ocoee Resort Ministries uses several thousand ‘ud bracelets to proclaim
Each summer Camp Agapé & Ocoee Resort Ministries uses several thousand ‘ud bracelets to proclaim
Each summer Camp Agapé & Ocoee Resort Ministries uses several thousand ‘ud bracelets to proclaim
Each summer Camp Agapé & Ocoee Resort Ministries uses several thousand ‘ud bracelets to proclaim

Each summer Camp Agapé & Ocoee Resort Ministries uses several thousand ‘ud bracelets to proclaim the Gospel at our different ministry sites. People love free things, these bracelets serve as a free grift we can give and a visual aid we can use in explining about salvation. This summer we are asking our teams to partner with us in gathering these bracelets.

We would like for your team to bring 25 or more bracelets per person.

Making these bracelets could simply be one more thing you have to get done before your summer mission trip, but we hope your team will use it as a time to practice their evangelism skills. Please also use this project as a way to involve the whole church, not just the ones going on the trip. Have Bible study groups or different Sunday school classes agree to make a certain amount of bracelts for you in addition to the ones your team members are makaing! Some situations will allow us the opportunity to give out paper tracks with the bracelets, but some places our words will serve as the tract that accompanies the bracelet. Having an ‘ud bracelet party is a great way to begin working as a team for the Kingdom of God.

As each bracelet is made…

Pray for the other laborers that will minister to the same people you will have the opportunity to minister to.

Pray for yourself and your team members in that your words would be that of the Father, as you are the vessel He

will be using. Study the scriptures and phrases that go with each color of the bead so that your team knows them by heart.

Be ready, willing and unashamed to share the truth of the Gospel.

Make a

`ud Bracelet

Colossians 1:28

`ud is the Hebrew word for testify, witness, admonish

Start with a cord or strip of leather 15 inches long. String color beads in the following order: clear, dark, red, white, blue, green, and gold/ yellow. Use the statements and Scriptures to the right (or Scrip- tures you have already memorized) to share the Gospel with those you meet. Give them the bracelet to remember what God has done for them.

them the bracelet to remember what God has done for them. --God’s love through creation. Everything

--God’s love through creation.

Everything was created through him; nothing-not one thing!-came into being without him. John 1:1-3 The Message

DARK--God’s love for sinners.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3:23 NKJV

RED--God’s love died for sin.

But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV

WHITEWHITE--God’s love cleanses sin

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just wrong.

to

forgive us and to cleanse us from every 1 John 1:9 NLT

BLUE--God’s love through confession.

If people are ashamed of me and my teachings, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he

Luke 9:26 NCV

comes in his glory and with the glory of the Father and the holy angles.

GREEN--God’s love through growth.

If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the

truth will make you free.

John 8:31-32 NASB

YELLOW/GOLD--God’s love last forever.

God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not

have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:11-12 NIV

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(A) Mission Team Participant’s Covenant (B) Sign-up Sheet/ Housing Roster (C) Packing List and Emergency
(A) Mission Team Participant’s Covenant (B) Sign-up Sheet/ Housing Roster (C) Packing List and Emergency
(A) Mission Team Participant’s Covenant (B) Sign-up Sheet/ Housing Roster (C) Packing List and Emergency
(A) Mission Team Participant’s Covenant (B) Sign-up Sheet/ Housing Roster (C) Packing List and Emergency

(A) Mission Team Participant’s Covenant

(B) Sign-up Sheet/ Housing Roster

(C) Packing List and Emergency #s

(D) Participation, Media, and Medical Consent Forms

(E) Directions to Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries

(F) Commissioning Service

(G) Sample Commissioning Service

(H) Sample Celebration Service

(I) Maps

(J) Area Attractions

Mission Team Participant’s Covenant

Item A

Carefully read through the following list of responsibilities. Sign and date the form as a pledge of your commitment to ensure a fulfilling mission trip experience.

While participating in this mission trip, I will seek to demonstrate my love for Christ and for others by agreeing to…

1. Keep myself healthy. I agree not to use tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs.

2. Maintain a safe environment for my fellow participants. I agree not to have possession of or use any fireworks, firearms, or knives.

3. Work to the best of my ability. I am excited about demonstrating my love for Christ by ministering and working hard for the duration of this mission trip. To the best of my ability, I pledge to work in a manner that would be pleasing to Christ.

4. Follow the mission trip schedule. I understand that any schedule changes must be made by or approved by the mission trip director or host. In respect to others and in order to receive sufficient rest, I will respect the lights out time each night.

5. Stay in designated mission trip area. I agree to stay with the group at all times. I understand that I cannot leave the ministry site or lodging area without permission of the mission trip director. Note:

Girls should not be in boys designated area, nor should boys be in the designated area for girls.

6. Respect the privacy of others. I understand that the possessions of others must not be tampered with or taken. I expect others to grant the same measure of respect to my privacy and possessions.

7. Maintain a clean environment. I will do my best to keep all areas of the church, school, or campground free and clean from litter. I will respect the property and grounds serving as my home for the week. I understand that any property I damage will be my person responsibility.

8. Demonstrate a Christ-like spirit. My attitude will be like that of Jesus (see Phil. 2:5). I will love those with whom I work and those around me throughout the week. I will not allow another’s property or personality to be abused. I will wear clothes that are appropriate and will except the guidance of the leadership to help determine what is or is not appropriate.

9. Be aware of my witness 24 hours a day. I understand my attitude at restaurants, at my lodging, or during free time is just as important as when I am “doing my mission assignment.” I will serve with this maxim in mind: Do no harm.

10. Share my faith. I will come prepared to share my personal testimony with lost people and to make a clear, concise presentation of the plan of salvation to anyone I might meet.

I have read the mission trip responsibilities listed above and agree to follow these during the week I am participating in a mission trip. I understand that failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.

Signed

Date

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Item B

Item B Mission Trip Sign-up Sheet Group Name & Dates of trip Please Print Female Roster

Mission Trip

Sign-up Sheet

Group Name & Dates of trip

Please Print

Female Roster Name Age Shirt size
Female Roster
Name
Age
Shirt size
Male Roster Name Age Shirt size
Male Roster
Name
Age
Shirt size

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[for youth teams, please keep a 6:1 ratio, youth to adults] Permission is granted to reproduce this page for recruiting purposes.

Item C

Pack your bags! We are off to do missions with Ocoee Re- sort Ministries in Southeast Tennessee.

Packing List

Clothes [ You will be representing God. T-shirts and shorts are appropriate for most ministries; however, NO inappropri- ate messages or images, midriffs, halter tops, muscle shirts, short shorts, or swimsuits that reveal one’s abdomen (needs to be a one piece) or are cut excessively low in the front or high in the hips. Top garments must meet or exceed the lower garments with arms extended above the head. Lower garments must meet or exceed the mid-thigh.]

Comfortable shoes [ You will do a lot of walking and/or hiking. You may want to bring old shoes for around the river.]

Hat and/or sunglasses [sunglasses should not hide the eyes i.e. black, mirror, hologram lenses]

Linens, pillow, and/or sleeping bag

Personal hygiene items [shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, bath cloth, towel, etc.]

Insurance Card [as a precaution}

Beach towel

Sunscreen and bug repellant

BIBLE, journal, writing instrument

A servant’s heart and ministry spirit

Materials you may need to conduct your specific ministry task [remind the leaders to bring materials and equipment like literature, craft supplies, sound system, puppets, etc.]

FLEXIBILITY and A SERVANT’S HEART

Emergency Contact #s and Addresses

Camp Agape …

Lindsey Williams Missions Associate

888.528.2267

PraiseGod@campagape.net

423.338.4153

lindsey@campagape.net

P.O. Box 466 Benton, TN 37307

Mail can be received on the field. However, you will need to send letters and packages to the Camp Agape address prior to the group coming and no later than the first day they are on the field.

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Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries Participation, Media, and Medical Consent Form for Minors - 2011

*Your team leader must send all completed Consent Forms 30 days prior to arrival at Camp Agape*

(Please Print)

I,

am the parent or legal guardian of

,

(hereinafter “my child”), who is a (

male

female

, ) born on

/

/

,

and I am informed of the trip and activities

offered by (Church/Group Name)

 

at Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries in Benton,

 

TN, beginning on

/

/

and ending on

/

/

As the parent or legal guardian of my child, I understand some activities (including but not limited to eating, outdoor activities, swim- ming, canoeing, hiking, and team building) involve a certain degree of risk that could result in injury or death. I have carefully considered the risk involved and hereby consent for my child to attend and participate in all activities provided by Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Min- istries. I hereby release and discharge Camp Agape, Ocoee Resort Ministries, and the Polk County Baptist Association, and their employ- ees and volunteers from any liability, legal actions or claims which I or my child have, or might have, for any damage, injury or loss with respect to all activities associated with Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries, as well as their heirs, executors, administrators, succes- sors, or assigns, from any cause of action of any nature whatsoever arising from my child’s participation in any and all activities associ- ated with Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries. Furthermore, I agree that this agreement is deemed to be entered into in the State of Tennessee and to be governed and enforced pur- suant to Tennessee law. I submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of any court of the State of Tennessee located in the County of Polk for the purpose of any dispute. I agree that in any event that I or my child take any legal action against Camp Agape, Ocoee Resort Ministries, or the Polk County Baptist Association, or their employees and volunteers, which is decided in favor of Camp Agape, Ocoee Resort Minis- tries, or the Polk County Baptist Association, or their employees and volunteers, I will be responsible for all legal fees, court costs and out-of-pocket expenses of Camp Agape, Ocoee Resort Ministries, and the Polk County Baptist Association, and their employees and vol- unteers. To promote, evaluate, or otherwise describe Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries’ programs and activities, I give permission to Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries, and its agents, to use in connection with any publication (including but not limited to brochures, booklets, videos, reports, press releases, Web sites, and exhibits) any image or recording in which my child, a minor, appears, to use and cite any comment(s), verbal or written, made by said minor about the program, and to use said minor’s name in connection with any pub- lication and in such manner as determined by Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries. As the parent or legal guardian of my child, I herby state that my child is in good, normal health and has no abnormal physical, emo- tional or mental handicaps except as listed below. I accept financial responsibility for the well being of my child and hereby grant author- ity without limitation to the church/group sponsor, Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries Director, employees, volunteers and agents in all medical matters to obtain medical attention, hospitalize, treat, and order injections, anesthesia, surgery in case of sickness or injury to my child. I also authorize the attending physician to provide any needed medical treatment. I also understand that it is my responsibility for advising/providing to church/group sponsor, Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries Director, employees, volunteers and agents infor- mation/instructions for all pre-existing medical conditions and/or physical, emotional, or mental handicaps. I, the undersigned, have read, understand and accept all of the terms and conditions set forth in this agreement. I do hereby verify that the information provided is correct, and I do hereby release and forever discharge all sponsors, Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries, and Polk County Baptist Association from any and all claims, demands, actions or cause of action, past, present, or future arising out of any damage or injury or death or loss of property while participating in Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries. Also, I understand that a copy of this form is as valid as the original. In the event of an accident, injury, or illness while my child is participating with Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries their personal insurance or church’s insurance is the primary insurance carrier. Camp Agape’s liability insurance is secondary.

Parent/Guardian’s Signature

Dated

Address

City

St

Zip

Home phone (

)

Cell

(

)

e-mail

Family Physician

Phone (

)

Insurance Co.

Policy #

Billing Address

City

St

Zip

Food Allergies

Insect Allergies

 

Require Epipen Yes

No

Other Allergies, Current Medications and/or Medical Conditions

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Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries Participation, Media, and Medical Consent Form for Adults - 2011

*Your team leader must send all completed Consent Forms 30 days prior to arrival at Camp Agape*

(Please Print) I,

and activities offered by (Church/Group Name) in Benton, TN, beginning on

and ending on

, a ( male female ) am informed of the trip

at

Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries

I understand some activities (including but not limited to eating, outdoor activities, swimming, canoeing, hiking, and team building

activities) involve a certain degree of risk that could result in injury or death. I have carefully considered the risk involved and hereby agree to attend and participate in all activities provided by Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries. I hereby release and dis- charge Camp Agape, Ocoee Resort Ministries, and the Polk County Baptist Association, and their employees and volunteers from any liability, legal actions or claims which I or my family have, or might have, for any damage, injury or loss with respect to all ac- tivities associated with Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries, as well as their heirs, executors, administrators, successors, or as- signs, from any cause of action of any nature whatsoever arising from my participation in any and all activities associated with Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries.

Furthermore, I agree that this agreement is deemed to be entered into in the State of Tennessee and to be governed and enforced pursuant to Tennessee law. I submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of any court of the State of Tennessee located in the County of Polk for the purpose of any dispute. I agree that in any event that I or my family take any legal action against Camp Agape, Ocoee Resort Ministries, or the Polk County Baptist Association, or their employees and volunteers, which is decided in favor of Camp Agape, Ocoee Resort Ministries, or the Polk County Baptist Association, or their employees and volunteers, I will be responsible for all legal fees, court costs and out-of-pocket expenses of Camp Agape, Ocoee Resort Ministries, and the Polk County Baptist Association, and their employees and volunteers.

To promote, evaluate, or otherwise describe Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries’ programs and activities, I give permission to Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries, and its agents, to use in connection with any publication (including but not limited to brochures, booklets, videos, reports, press releases, Web sites, and exhibits) any image or recording in which I appear, to use and cite any comment(s), verbal or written, made by me about the program, and to use my name in connection with any publication and in such manner as determined by Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries.

I herby state that I am in good, normal health and have no abnormal physical, emotional or mental handicaps except as listed

below. I accept financial responsibility for my own well being and hereby grant authority without limitation to the church/group sponsor, Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries Director, employees, volunteers and agents in all medical matters to obtain medical attention, hospitalize, treat, and order injections, anesthesia, surgery in case of sickness or injury to myself. I also authorize the attending physician to provide any needed medical treatment. I also understand that it is my responsibility for advising/providing to church/group sponsor, Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries Director, employees, volunteers and agents information/instructions for all pre-existing medical conditions and/or physical, emotional, or mental handicaps.

I, the undersigned, have read, understand and accept all of the terms and conditions set forth in this agreement. I do hereby verify that the information provided is correct, and I do hereby release and forever discharge all sponsors, Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries, and Polk County Baptist Association from any and all claims, demands, actions or cause of action, past, present, or future arising out of any damage or injury or death or loss of property while participating in Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries. Also, I understand that a copy of this form is as valid as the original. In the event of an accident, injury, or illness while I participating with Camp Agape / Ocoee Resort Ministries my personal insurance or church’s insurance is the primary insurance carrier. Camp Agape’s liability insurance is secondary.

Signature

Dated

Address

City

St

Zip

Home phone (

)

Cell (

)

e-mail

Family Physician

Phone (

)

Insurance

Policy #

Billing Address

City

St

Zip

Food Allergies

Insect Allergies

 

Require Epipen Yes No

Other Allergies, Current Medications and/or Medical Conditions

By checking this box, I am indicating I wish to receive Camp Agape’s e-newsletter

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Item E

Directions to Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries

Item E Directions to Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries to Knoxville Map is not to
to Knoxville Map is not to scale! I-75 Camp Agape is located off HWY 314
to Knoxville
Map is not to scale!
I-75
Camp Agape is located off HWY 314 just outside of
Benton
Take Benton Springs Rd. for .01 a mile.
Take first left onto Oak Grove Rd.
Athens
30
60
exit 27
Go 0.5 miles and turn right on
Camp Agape Rd.
68
411
The camp is located at the end of the
exit 25
Camp
road (0.9 miles)
Cle veland
Benton
Agape
Stop at Welcome Center
Go to the second building
Ocoee St.
which is the Dinning
(building located by
exit 20
Hall to check in.
gate) to check in!
314
64
Chattanooga
11
Bradley Baptist
Ocoee
Whitewater
I-75
Association
Center
[ORM office]
I-24
Whitewater I-75 Association Center [ORM office] I-24 Emergency Contact #s If you become lost, remember God

Emergency Contact #s

If you become lost, remember God will seek you out and find you. We can also help if you call us.

Camp Agape…………. …………………

423.338.4153

Check out www.campagape.net for directions and a link to obtain driving directions from your location as well using our address:

355 Camp Agape Rd. Benton, TN 37307

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Item F

Commissioning Service

Purpose of Service

To inform the church about the ministry of the volunteer(s). To provide spiritual enrichment and mission education. To help develop a mission-minded congregation. To focus on prayer support for volunteers.

and mission education. To help develop a mission-minded congregation. To focus on prayer support for volunteers.
and mission education. To help develop a mission-minded congregation. To focus on prayer support for volunteers.
and mission education. To help develop a mission-minded congregation. To focus on prayer support for volunteers.

Preparation for the Service

Promote the service well in advance. Prepare a bulletin for the commissioning service. Plan a receiving line or a reception for the volunteers. Write brief biographical sketches on mission volunteers for use in your church newsletters.

reception for the volunteers. Write brief biographical sketches on mission volunteers for use in your church
reception for the volunteers. Write brief biographical sketches on mission volunteers for use in your church
reception for the volunteers. Write brief biographical sketches on mission volunteers for use in your church

Recognition Service

Ask volunteers to share experiences of their mission projects.

Display pictures or show videos of volunteers at work.

Recognize volunteers with appropriate certificates, lapel pins, or plaques.

Invite guest speakers from the North American Mission Board to emphasize volunteers in

missions. Ask the pastor or mission leader to challenge the church to further involvement in missions.

Plan a banquet or fellowship time following the service.

Commissioning Service

Invite a volunteer to share his or her testimony

Ask someone to give a brief description of the mission project, its purpose, location and the

length of time volunteers will participate. Ask the volunteers to come to the front of the church so they can be presented to the con-

gregation. Prepare a special responsive reading and prayer led by the pastor or missions leader. Allow

the congregation to respond and pledge prayer and support to the volunteers. Encourage financial support of the congregation for mission volunteers.

Enlist and recognize families/individuals committed to pray for specific volunteers.

Plan a fellowship period for the volunteers following the service.

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Item G

Sample Commissioning Service

PRELUDE CALL TO WORSHIP

“Go Tell it on the Mountain”

Choir

INVOCATION HYMN NO. 572*

“I Love to Tell the Story”

Hankey

WELCOME

HYMN NO. 146*

“O How He Loves You and Me”

Kaiser

OFFERTORY

“We have Heard the Joyful Sound”

Owens

SCRIPTURE READING

Pastor

SPECIAL MUSIC

“Send Me, O Lord Send Me”

Coggins

SERMON

On Mission Christians

1. An On Mission Christian Spiritually Awakens – John 4:35-36

 

2. An On Mission Christian Continually Adjusts – 1 Corinthians 9:22

3. An On Mission Christian Evangelistically Activates – Romans 10:14

4. An On Mission Christian Passionately Advocates – Luke 10:2

HYMN NO.285*

“Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go” *The Baptist Hymnal, 1991

McKinney

CHARGE TO MISSION VOLUNTEERS – Pastor asks the volunteer(s) to come to the front of the church. He addresses (him/her/them) directly during this part of the service.

Pastor: You have chosen to be on mission Christian, to be a mission volunteer. God tells us that it is our responsibility to faithfully minister and witness at all times, wherever we are. Meeting needs and sharing Christ requires:

1. Daily communication with God.

2. Doing the task that He has called you to.

3. Discovering effective ways to showing others what Christ means in your life.

4. Inviting others to respond to Christ. God is the basis for your spiritual strength. Will you communicate Him daily through Bible reading and prayer?

Volunteer Response: I(We) will, with God’s help.

Pastor: Will you permit God’s influence to be felt in your work, and will you search for His will and let it be done in your day-to-day decisions and deeds?

Volunteer Response: I(We) will, with God’s help.

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Pastor: Will you continue to give expression to the spirit of Christ in all your relations with others and will you live your life in such a way that others will want to know what Christ means to you?

Volunteer Response: I(We) will, with God’s help.

Pastor: In a sympathetic, loving, patient manner, will you make a conscious effort to minister and witness across all types of barriers and, when conditions permit, will you invite others to receive Christ as Lord and Savior?

Volunteer Response: I(We) will with God’s help. (Pastor asks volunteer(s) to face the congrega- tion and reads a Scripture passage chosen especially for the congregation. Col 4:2-4 is appropriate, or others my be chosen.)

Pastor: This is God’s command to those of us who stay behind and serve. We must be faithful in undergirding these with our interest and prayer support. If you join me in this commitment of sup- port, will you stand?

Pastor and Congregation: We, the members of

our continuing interest and prayer support. When we pray, we will ask God to protect, encourage, and keep you. We will ask Him to give you wisdom strength, and courage. We will ask Him to bless those with whom you minister.

Church, pledge to you

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Pastor Gary

Note: The pastor invites all present to attend a fellowship period with the volunteer(s).

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Item H

Sample Mission Trip Celebration Service

PRELUDE

CALL TO CELEBRATE

“Go, Tell It on the Mountain”

Choir

INVOCATION/WELCOME

Team Leader

HYMN NO.572*

“I Love to Tell the Story”

Hankey

TESTIMONIES (3 participants – 3 minutes each)

HYMN NO.567*

“Share His Love”

Reynolds

DRAMA PRESENTATION (Demonstration of drama or mission activity used on mission trip)

TESTIMONIES (3 participants – 3 minutes each)

OFFERTORY

“We’ve a Story to Tell”

Nichol

SPECIAL MUSIC

“People Need the Lord”

Nelson

SERMON (10 minutes)

Four Answers to God’s call “Who, Me?” – Moses (see Ex. 3:11) “Not Me!” – Jonah (see Jonah 1:3) “Why Me?” – Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:4) “Send Me!” – Isaiah (see Isa. 6:8)

Pastor

PICTORIAL PRESENTATION

PowerPoint or video

HYMN NO.597*

“Here Am I, Send Me” *The Baptist Hymnal, 1991

Purifoy

CLOSING:

1. Invite all present to attend a fellowship period with the mission team members following the service.

2. Have church mission organizations arrange table displays where local, state, national, and global volunteer mission needs can be displayed. Contact the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board volunteer offices for updated lists of needs.

3. Have sign-up sheets available for those interested in serving on the mission team next year.

4. Have sign-up sheets available for those willing to provide resources for the mission team – refreshments, teaching materials, trip expenses, and other items needed.

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Item J

Item J Ocoee/Cleveland Area www.ocoeecountry.com www.clevelandchamber.com www.blueridgehighlander.com Whitewater Rafting

Ocoee/Cleveland Area

www.ocoeecountry.com

www.clevelandchamber.com

www.blueridgehighlander.com

Whitewater Rafting

1. The Ocoee River, site for the whitewater racing events at the 1996 Olympic Games, is one of the most popular

whitewater runs in the country. A dam-controlled river, the Ocoee can be run Thursday through Monday all summer and on weekends during the spring and fall. Regardless of when you go, the exciting 4 1 / 2 mile trip offers big waves (class III & IV rapids) and constant action as it thunders through the Cherokee National Forest.

Information:

www.ocoeecountry.com/watersports498.cfm

2. For a less challenging, but fun-filled, day on the river, consider rafting or tubing the Hiwassee River. The

Hiwassee River is the first designated State Scenic River in Tennessee. A 23-mile river section, from Tennessee- North Carolina state line to U.S. Hwy. 411 north of Benton, TN has been declared a Class III partially developed river. This river offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities such as canoeing, fishing, hiking and nature photography.

Information:

www.ocoeecountry.com/watersports498.cfm

Cherokee National Forest

With 625,000 acres of unspoiled natural beauty, the Cherokee National Forest offers numerous exciting and relaxing recreational opportunities. Among many activities enjoyed by thousands each year are camping, hiking, picnicking, hunting, fishing, swimming and boating on Parksville Lake. The Forest’s Scenic Byway, the first scenic byway designated in the nation, winds along Parksville Lake, the Ocoee River, mountaintops overlooking the Chilhowee recreational area and more breathtaking scenes.

Information:

www.fs.fed.us/r8/cherokee

Red Clay Historical Park

1-877-692-6050

The last of the council grounds of the Cherokee Nation before their removal along the tragic “Trail of Tears” are located here. A Cherokee farm and council house of the period have been reconstructed to offer visitors a glimpse of how the area might have looked 150 years ago. The sacred council spring produces over 400,000 gallons of sapphire -blue water a day, providing the area’s long-ago residents with fresh spring water. An interpretive center houses a theater, exhibits and artifacts. Recreational facilities include a 500-seat amphitheater, a picnic pavilion, picnic area with grills and tables, and a two-mile loop trail with a beautiful limestone overlook tower.

Information:

www.state.tn.us/enviroment/parks/RedClay/

1-423-478-0339

**Murphy, NC (approx. 45 min.)** Check out the web page for Fields of the Woods on www.fieldsofthewoodbiblepark.com It is like no other place you will ever visit. Definitely worth taking your group to go see the unique park!

Sweetwater, TN (approx. 40 min.) Lost Sea “America’s Largest Underground Lake” 1-423-337-6616

Chattanooga Area (approx. 1 hr. away)

Chattanooga Visitors Information

www.chattanoogafun.com

1-800-322-3344

Rock City Gardens

1-706-820-2531

Ruby Falls

1-423-821-2544

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

1-423-821-4224

Lake Winnepesaukah amusement parks

1-706-866-5681

Hamilton Place (Tennessee’s largest mall)

1-423-894-7177

Chattanooga Lookouts baseball

1-423-267-2208

Chattanooga Outdoor Adventure

1-423-510-8285

Chattanooga Riverboat Co. “Southern Belle”

1-800-766-2784

Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Military Park Battles for Chattanooga Museum

1-423-821-2812

Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn

1-800-TRACK 29

Tennessee Valley Railroad

1-423-894-8028

Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge (approx. 2.5 hours) attractions too numerous to list, below are some of the more popular:

Visitors Information:

1-800-568-4748

Christus Gardens

1-423-436-5155

Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

1-423-436-5423

Gatlinburg Fun Mountain

1-423-430-3777

Gatlinburg’s Musical

1-423-430-3777

Passion Play Gatlinburg Sky Lift

1-423-436-4307

Guinness World Records

1-423-436-9100

Museum Ober Gatlinburg

1-423-436-5423

Q-Zar

1-423-436-BEAM

Rafting in the Smokies

1-800-PRO-RAFT

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

1-423-436-5096

Ripley’s Motion Master Moving Theater

1-423-436-9763

Atlanta, GA (2.5 hours)

Atlanta Braves

Group Sales:

1-404-577-9100

Six Flags Over Georgia

Group Sales:

1-770-739-3430

Underground Atlanta Management Office:

1-404-523-2311

Day and night, Underground showcases the diverse culture of a growing city. It’s Atlanta’s town square. A

favorite place for festivals and events. And an important retail center, with more than 120 shops, nightclubs, services, and restaurants covering parts of six city blocks.

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We are glad God is leading you to serve Him with us at Camp Agape & Ocoee Resort Ministries. We believe that you can come on the mission field and do many good works. However, when you come in response to God’s calling, there is no doubt that He will do mighty things through you. We are looking forward to seeing mighty things happen.

It is God who will move in the hearts and lives of those we will minister to and your team. Therefore, our prayer for you is this—

All Mighty Father, Creator of Heaven and earth, may you receive praise and glory through the ministry you have given to us. May each member of the team be equipped for the specific task you have drawn them into the body to do. May each heart be prepared and choose to receive what you have in store for them. And, may we be found faithful in taking the Good News to all nations. In the precious name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

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