Upcoming Courses

Below is the schedule for upcoming face-to-face courses and the directed study in Site Administration. When classes are offered back-to-back, participants have the option of taking one or both courses.

September 12-15
Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value
Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI)

September 15-18
Nonprofit Business Management
Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI)

Directed Study
Site Administration


September 12-15

Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value

About the Course

Do you know where your ministry is going? Can you clearly articulate for others who you are, and why you exist? Identification and implementation of mission, core values, and philosophy are central to all aspects of successful outdoor ministry: program, site management, hospitality, marketing, finances and more. Participants will delve into their organization’s mission and core values. This course involves organizational introspection and will engage with a wide variety of concepts, ideas and activities. Course work will challenge a new, or clearer perspective concerning mission, philosophy, vision and core values in your outdoor ministry.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Be challenged to clearly understand mission, philosophy, vision and core values in their outdoor ministry.
  • Articulate their organization’s purpose.
  • Develop an elevator speech in order to share that purpose with constituency.

This course will be held at at Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI) and will be taught by Randy Youngquist-Thurow of Agapé + Kure Beach Ministries (Fuquay-Varina, NC) and Cat Holbert of Mingus Mountain Methodist Camp and Retreat Center (Jerome, AZ).

About the Instructors

Randy Youngquist-ThurowRandy Youngquist-Thurow has been in Outdoor Ministry in full-time positions since 1982.  Since 1997, he has served as the Executive Director at Agapé + Kure Beach Ministries, Fuquay-Varina, NC.  Randy has been an ACA visitor since 1988.  He has served a variety of roles within Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM).  Randy has served as chair for the National Outdoor Ministry Conference in 2003 and as co-chair for the joint PCCCA/LOM Conferences in 2008 and 2013.  Randy enjoys hiking and sports of all kinds and is a big fan of NASCAR.  His wife, Mir, works at camp also as the Environmental Education Director.

Cat HolbertCat Holbert currently serves as the Executive Director of Mingus Mountain Methodist Camp and Retreat Center in Jerome, AZ. She has over 22 years of camp experience, in a variety of roles. Cat serves on the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association Board and is an active member and visitor within the American Camp Association. She has her BS in Recreation and Parks Management from VCU and has completed coursework for Camp & Retreat Ministry certification through Drew University. Cat has a love and passion for experiential learning and education, she loves big dogs, canoeing, and trying new things.

About the Tuition, Lodging, and Meals

The tuition for this certificate course is just $300. The lodging/meals options are single occupancy ($350) and double occupancy ($300). This includes three nights in private bath bedroom accommodations (linens are provided) and all of your meals (Sunday dinner through Wednesday lunch). If these classes should need to be postponed, you can move your registration to the new date or receive a full refund.

Transportation

For those who are only registering for this class, we would like to have you arrive at Pilgrim Center by 5:00pm on Sunday. For those participants who will fly into the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) on Sunday or Wednesday, there will be a shuttle leaving the airport at 3:30pm. Please plan your flights accordingly. This class ends with lunch on Wednesday. If you are taking the shuttle back to the airport on Wednesday (or Saturday), we ask that you schedule your departure no earlier than 3:00pm. The cost for the round-trip airport shuttle is $25.00.

Required Reading

Faith-Based Management: Leading Organizations That Are Based on More Than a Mission by Peter C. Brinckerhoff (chapters 1 and 2)
Anxious Church, Anxious People: Leading Change in an Age of Anxiety by Rev. Jack Shitama
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
FISH!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin, John Christensen, and Harry Paul (Participants do not need to pre-read this book, but should bring it with them to class)
The instructors also ask that you come with a thorough understanding of who founded the organization of which you’re a part (or wish to be a part of). What was the history, why was it founded, who founded it, and what was the history of the land (i.e. which native tribes traditionally lived there, was it land involved in the slave-trade, was it a plantation, etc.)?

Registration – SOLD OUT

This class is completely full. Please contact Joel Winchip at  joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232 if you should have any questions about the program.


September 15-18

Nonprofit Business Management

About the Course

Success for our camp and retreat ministries depends upon the use of sound business practices. Understanding and implementing these non-profit management practices can spell the difference between a thriving vibrant ministry and one that fails to meet its potential. This course will challenge students to adopt effective practices in such areas as communications, risk management, finances, and an administrative plan.

By the end of the course, participants will learn best practices in:

  • Budgeting, budget management, cost analysis, key financial reports, and financial sustainability
  • Facilities management and risk assessment
  • Operational management, policies, and procedures.

This course will be held at at Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI) and will be taught by Lauri SoJourner of Lake Logan Conference Center (Canton, NC) and Michael Huber of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center (Lake Junaluska, NC).

About the Instructors

Lauri SoJournerLauri SoJourner

Since 2017, Lauri has served as the Executive Director of Lake Logan Conference Center, a 260-acre Episcopal center in North Carolina near the Blue Ridge Parkway. She previously served 10 years at Gravatt Camp and Conference Center (Aiken, SC). Lauri has served on the board of the Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers. She earned her BA in English – Professional Communications and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Winthrop University. She earned her MA in Student Personnel Administration from Ball State University. Lauri lives on-site at Lake Logan with her husband, three of their six  children, and a small zoo of animals.

Michael HuberMichael Huber

Michael Huber currently serves as the General Manager/COO of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Western North Carolina. He has over 30 years of camp, conference and retreat experience, in a variety of roles. Michael’s volunteer work included serving on the National United Methodist Camp and Retreat Committee, an Accreditation Visitor with the American Camp Association, President of his local School Board of Education and Board Member of the local TDA. He has a BS in Elementary Education as well as being a certified Camp & Retreat Ministry Leader through Drew University. Michael has a love and passion for experiential learning and education, he loves his family, his dogs, playing guitar around the campfire, and meeting new people.

About the Tuition, Lodging, and Meals

The tuition for this certificate course is just $300. The lodging/meals options are single occupancy ($350) and double occupancy ($300). This includes three nights in private bath bedroom accommodations (linens are provided) and all of your meals (Wednesday dinner through Saturday lunch). If these classes should need to be postponed, you can move your registration to the new date or receive a full refund.

Transportation

We would like to have all of the participants arrive at Pilgrim Center by 5:00pm on Wednesday. For those participants who will fly into the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) on Sunday or Wednesday, there will be a shuttle leaving the airport at 3:30pm. Please plan your flights accordingly. This class ends with lunch on Saturday. If you are taking the shuttle back to the airport on Saturday, we ask that you schedule your departure no earlier than 3:30pm. The cost for the round-trip airport shuttle is $25.00.

Required Reading

Faith-Based Management: Leading Organizations That Are Based on More Than a Mission by Peter C. Brinckerhoff (chapters 3, 6, 8, and 9)
Hidden In Plain Sight: Understanding Nonprofit Capital Structure by Clara Miller in the Nonprofit Quarterly (Spring 2003)
The Nonprofit Marketing Guide by Kivi Leroux Miller

Registration – SOLD OUT

This class is completely full. Please contact Joel Winchip at  joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232 if you should have any questions about the program.


Directed Study

Site Administration

About the Course

The Site Administration course is a self-directed study that will involve you visiting a camp and retreat center and interviewing their staff related to hospitality, food service, maintenance, and communications/registrations/office management. The portfolio piece will be a 5-7 page paper that pulls together what you learned from your visit. This paper is due one month after the visit is completed (no later than one month before your Capstone course, if this is your graduation year).

Prerequisites

Before you can request the directed study, a participant must successfully complete four Compass Points courses.

Requesting the Curriculum

The cost for the course is $100.00. When you submit payment, you will receive a digital copy of the curriculum by email. You can pay by check or credit card. If you have any questions about the Site Administration course and/or how to purchase it, please contact Joel Winchip at joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232.