About The Program

Compass Points is a cooperative program of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, 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 considering a call to camp and conference ministry, may be new to the field, or may be seeking to widen their base of knowledge.

The certification 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

A certificate is awarded to each participant who completes these eight classes. Faculty for the courses will include seminary professors and camp/conference 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 Task Force requirements. Please check out the calendar of upcoming certification courses.