Every year you probably hear about our need for students to fill our summer staff positions. When all is said and done we will need over 140 young leaders between Firwood and Fircreek. Finding, recruiting and training the right people to be part of our ministries is a very important effort at this time of year. While we have a number of different positions available and all of them essential to the operation of our camps, I want to focus in particular on our need for counselors. Both men and women counselors are crucial because, in many ways, they are “front-liners” in the carrying out of our mission at camp. They are hands on when it comes to loving kids and communicating to them who Jesus is. So please pray that we not only get the number of counselors that we need at Firwood and Fircreek but that we get quality, committed young leaders who love kids, love Jesus and want to serve Him.
Pray for the upcoming Annual Council Meeting on the 24th and for a real sense of unity amongst all who attend. Praise for the three board candidates (Barbara Sanford, Linda Muench and Ed Feller) – please be praying for them as they transition on the board if elected.
Pray for Stacy and Dana as they prepare for the upcoming Spring Break Day Camp, early next month. In particular, pray for good counselors that will come and serve the kids well that week. Better yet, please pray for a youth group from one of our local churches to take this camp on as a mission’s project, as has been done in the past. We are expecting 80-100 kids.
Please pray for counselors for the summer at both Firwood and Fircreek! In fact, we would love for you all to take this need to heart and really make it a matter of intensive prayer. This is such an important thing for us, as counselors are right at the point of carrying out our mission, here at The Firs. We, along with other camps, are definitely finding it more and more difficult to get these young leaders to commit to a summer of ministry amongst all of the things that they want to do. And, please pray not just for quantity, but quality as well. We really need mature young leaders who are completely sold out to Jesus and serving Him.
Our Golf Marathon is coming up in a couple of months and much still needs to be done. We have lost a few key golfers/fundraisers, this time around, and we need to fill in the gaps. Pray that this event will once again be a very successful effort in raising money for the programs and ministries of The Firs.
Please pray for strength for our staff, here at The Firs. There are a lot of talented and committed people doing a whole lot of good work here. Pray for their energy level and for good health. Pray for wisdom for them and for focus. There is a lot demanded of them and they will have plenty of challenges along the way. Pray that God will infuse them with His peace and remind them of His love.
Pray for the children that we minister to and, in many cases, the very needy home situations from which they come. Pray that Jesus will shine through each of our leaders and that the kids in our programs will clearly know they are loved.
Registrations are now coming in for both Fircreek and Firwood. Please pray that our camps will fill and that the word about our programs will reach further and further out.
Oswald Chambers, in one of his many inspiring devotionals, spoke about us “making room for God” in our lives. He notes that we, as believers, plan and figure and predict that this or that will happen, but we forget to make room for God to come and do as He chooses. There is where this landed home for me – “as He chooses.” I realized that including God in my life (more often than not) was more like calling Him into my office in order to have Him do something that I had in mind. I meant well with that presumptuous act, as I felt that what I was asking was in line with my understanding of Him and of His Word. Certainly, He would want to give direction and heal and provide – it’s who He is! Of course, my problem is that I wanted Him to guide and heal and provide in a manner that I had in mind and with a timeline that fit my schedule. I wasn’t really giving Him room; I was inviting Him to carry out what I thought should be done.
At The Firs, that meant I wanted God to transform the lives of campers and bring them to Himself – now. I wanted God to provide all of the resources needed so that we could do all sorts of great things for His Kingdom. I wanted God to use His creation for His purposes at camp and to keep all who enjoyed it safe from harm. Each of those things made total sense to me, but in asking them of God, I wasn’t giving Him any room to do as He chose.
Stuart Briscoe once said something that boggled my mind, yet gave the perspective that I was so often missing. He said, “It isn’t that God is too big to be contained in one man’s intellect, even though He is. But the way God does things is so different from the way we think He should do things, that when we begin to grasp the fringes of His workings, we ought not think that we understand the wonder of it all.”
You may need to chew on that one for a while. But, for me, it means that I shouldn’t be calling God into my office with my well thought out strategy for how He should work. Instead, I should be inviting Him into my living room, sliding over on the couch, so He can join in on the conversation of what is next. I need Him present, with His eternal perspective and His perfect love, providing the proper context for all that is out there. That makes a whole lot of sense, doesn’t it?
May we all become well practiced at giving Him room.
Applicants are being sought for this full time management position at The Firs in Bellingham, WA. The DCR will be directly accountable to the Executive Director of The Firs and will have full oversight of two ministry centers – The Firs Chalet and Camp Firwood. This will include matters relating to mission fulfillment, personnel, programs, facilities and finances as well as strategic development and spiritual leadership.
PROFILE The expectations of an ideal candidate for this position will include, but not be limited to the following descriptions. Each of these qualifications will be weighted appropriately by the Search Committee in the process of determining a suitable candidate.
1. Proven leadership experience in a Christian Camp or similar organization at a manager or director level with skills in leading and mentoring a staff team. 2. Evidence of spiritual maturing and leadership skills, including the ability to communicate God’s Word to others and carry out spiritual objectives with a year-round and summer staff team. 3. Proficiencies in regard to budgeting, marketing, programming and development in the context of camps and retreats. 4. A passion for working with children and youth; a desire to see them encounter Jesus and experience the love of God and an understanding of today’s youth culture. 5. Full agreement with the mission of The Firs and affirmation of its statement of faith and core values.
PROCESS • Resumes (and eventually applications) will be reviewed for this position until 5/31/18. Please send your resume with cover letter to [email protected] • Interviews will be conducted with candidates who meet the primary expectations of the Search Committee and references will be required. • The objective is to see this position filled no earlier than September 1, 2018 and no later than October 1, 2018.