About The Program

Compass Points is a cooperative program of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries, Outdoor Ministries Association of the United Church of Christ, and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in partnership with Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. It is designed for those looking to deepen their understanding of camp and conference ministry. Prospective students may be new to the field or may be seeking to widen their base of knowledge.

The certificate program is comprised of eight courses of study, which are scheduled on a repeating two-year cycle. Each class covers key areas that are relevant to this unique ministry. These courses are:

  • Articulating our Mission, Role, and Value
  • Biblical and Reformed Theological Foundations
  • Program Design and Implementation
  • Personnel and Leadership
  • Non-Profit Business Management
  • Development
  • Site Administration
  • Capstone Event

Participants have the option of taking one or more classes in order to expand their knowledge. A certificate is awarded to each participant who completes all eight classes. Faculty for the courses will include seminary professors and camp/retreat professionals. The classes will be offered in the fall and in the spring. The only exception is the Site Administration course, which is an independent directed study. Participants can exempt out of a class if they have previously received sufficient course credit in a related program or can demonstrate an experience level with the course content that satisfies the Compass Points Coordinating Council requirements. Please check out the calendar of upcoming certification courses.

Do you have any questions about the program? If so, please go to the Frequently Asked Questions page.