• Aubree B.

    We go to a Nazarene church and there is a state Naz. camp for kids and teens. My 2 are still too young to go but I've observed that parents are welcome to attend as helpers with kids, our pastor goes for the week, our youth pastor goes with the teens, etc. As a person who is active in our own congregation, these transparencies and the knowledge that our own staff we know and trust are there is a huge bonus. It definitely boosts my confidence in the programs that they are recommending to our church body.

  • http://thisisnotabout.me andrew burden

    Aubree – thanks for your thoughts. i really value the camp we promote, youthfront camps. westview used to go back in the day, but i don't know if they do anymore. our ms and hs groups are going next week. the doctrine is pretty much agreed-upon mainstream evangelical, but kids from all different backgrounds attend. i know from being a volunteer cabin leader many, many times that when campers ask questions about some of the more controversial doctrinal issues like eternal security or speaking in tongues, they are encouraged to ask their own youth pastor about it. i think that's a wise thing so that parents don't find their kids coming home with new ideas they weren't planning to deal with.

    btw, the cutout of bush was so that kids could “pray over” him, albeit in effigy. i fear the younger kids, and most kids who see things in extremely concrete and literal terms, probably wondered if he was actually there. and it certainly comes across to “the other side” as strongly resembling “bush worship,” precisely because they don't understand a distinction between praying for leaders and being on their “side” politically.

    thanks for your thoughts!

  • Aubree B.

    It has been about 4 years since I saw this movie but I felt that it was fair in terms of portraying those specific people on that specific occasion. I don't have much use for the Becky Fishers of this world and I wouldn't trust my kids to her care for a camp experience. However, it did make me think big time about camp in general and how I really want to make sure that when I have kids of camp age, I know exactly what they're attending and what the doctrine is there. I understand that Christian faith heavily influences people's political views, but I for one would not want my kid's summer camp delving into discourse on the US President from the pulpit, for example. I believe there was something in the Jesus Camp movie involving pictures of Pres. Bush II in the sanctuary but I can't recall exactly why anymore. Sadly this movie is going to confirm the secular view of “right wing Christians” if they watch it because they might believe this is representative of all youth group/VBS/church camp and it is clearly not. I just hope that Christians viewing it dissect what they see and not the impression it might give to an unchurched viewer–just because it is anger-inducing to see something unflattering about Christianity, it shouldn't stop a Christian viewer from being a critical thinker about the actual camp experience/style of youth ministry portrayed.

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