Workshop: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick Lencioni's book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team gets to the very heart of why teams, even the best ones, often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. This workshop outlines the principles Lencioni covers in his short leadership fable and provide opportunity for participants to discuss how they can overcomes dysfunction in their own teams. You do not need to have read the book in order to get something out of this workshop.

About the Presenter: Lauri SoJourner is Executive Director of Gravatt Camp & Conference Center in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. 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 in Higher Education from Ball State University.

Lauri has served at Gravatt, a 270-acre nonprofit retreat center and summer camp located in Aiken, South Carolina, since 2007. As executive director, she is the chief executive, financial, and operating officer for the organization. One of her favorite parts of working at Gravatt is when she is able to step out of her administrative role to work with student, church, and professional groups through challenge course activities, goal setting, and strategic planning.

Lauri lives on-site at Gravatt to serve the needs of guests and staff with her new husband, four children and a small zoo of animals.


Workshop: Food, Faith & Farms

Does what you eat reflect your faith? Can growing some of your own food at your Camp and Conference Center declare the Good News? Are farms and gardens the new Ropes Courses providing growth, challenge and spiritual formation? These and other vital faith-centered questions that occur at the nexus of what we eat, where our food comes from and how it is grown and produced will be the focus of this workshop. From a simple window box garden to a full-fledged farm – our food production and consumption may well be the entry point of a life-engaging pursuit of justice and a moment of soulful transformation. Let's find out how and develop plans for “growing” our food, faith and farms.

About the Presenters: The Rev. David Baumgart Turner is Executive Director at Camp Mokule‘ia in Hawaii. In the last two years, Camp Mokule‘ia has broken ground on a 10-acre plot and is in the process of turning that land into a sustainable farm that is designed around formation, education and feeding our campers.  


ACA Standards Update Course

The Standards Update Course is designed for the camp director or staff member who has been actively involved in the preparation of materials and the on-site visit at an ACA-accredited camp in the recent past. A person completing the ACA Standards Course on behalf of a camp is expected to actively assist the camp in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season, and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit. Due to revisions to the standards in September 2014, a camp representative must complete a standards course or standards update course, October 2014 or later, before an accreditation visit can occur.

This course will be held on Tuesday, from 10am-12:30pm, and will be led by ECCC member, Bill Tubbs. 

Please pre-register here.


Workshop: Special Needs Ministries

As the founder of the Camp Able ministries, the Rev. Kyle Bennett will speak about special needs ministries at our churches, camps, and conference centers. Fr. Bennett spent 20 years directing the Special Session camps at Camp Bratton-Green at the Gray Center in Mississippi before moving to Marco Island, FL. This past summer marked Fr. Bennett’s 10th year celebrating ministries for diversely-abled campers under his Camp Able not-for-profit organization.


Workshop: Annual Campaign from Scratch

Confused about where to start your philanthropic efforts? In this workshop you will learn strategies to start and sustain an annual fund campaign. Creating an annual fund that generates unrestricted gifts will give your nonprofit organization the stability to move to the next levels of fundraising- corporate, major gifts, capital campaigns and planned giving.

About the Presenter: Lynd Matt is Director of Development for the Diocese of Massachusetts.

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