Faith Formation refers to the ways we grow in faith as individuals and as community. Faith Formation is also about the ways we share our faith from generation to generation. We seek to provide resources, experiences, and support for similar ministries in local congregations.
Scripture is filled with stories of people experiencing God in the beauty and power of Creation. For thousands of years, God’s people have looked at the world around them to learn about God’s presence in their life. Camps are designed to bring children and youth into the beauty of creation and into the power of community. These intentional events are divided by age, and often by special focus.
Camps are run by volunteer directors and counselors from our local congregations. This is truly a shared ministry. All volunteers are screened and receive a background check. Support staff such as life guards, first aid, and cooks are hired to help our volunteers provide a wonderful experience in a safe environment.
2017 Camp Dates
Geneva Center — Rochester, Indiana
- Register for Geneva camps online only here
- June 12 – 17 High School (Grades 9 – 12)
- June 13 – 15 You and Me #1 (Ages 5 and up with adult)
- June 19 – 24 Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)
- June 26 – July 1 Explorer camp (Grades 4 – 5)
- June 26 – July 1 Leadership Camp (Ages 16 – Grades 12)
- June 27 – June 29 New Beginnings Camp (Grades 1 – 3)
- June 29 – July 1 You and Me #2 (Ages 5 and up with adult)
Bedford Christian Camp — Bedford, Indiana
- June 19 – 24 High School Camp (Grades 9 – 12) – (Register Online)
- June 26 – July 1 Middle School Camp (Grades 6 – 8) – (Register Online)
- July 5 – 7 You and Me (Ages 5 and up with adult) – (Register Online)
- July 13 – 15 New Beginnings Camp (Grades 1 – 3) – (Register Online)
- July 17 – 22 Explorer Camp (Grades 4 – 5) – (Register Online)
Spring Youth Assembly
- Youth in grades 6 – 12 gather each Spring for worship, fellowship, learning and service.
- Each congregation provides their own adult leaders and programming is led by the Indiana Youth Council (IYC)
- Spring Youth Assembly has been scheduled for April 28-30, 2017. This year, our assembly will be held at Geneva Center. Our speaker this year is Rev. Julian DeShazier, Senior Pastor of University Church, Chicago. Cost information will be forthcoming.
IYC (Info and application)
- Youth who are in High School may apply in the Spring to serve on the Indiana Youth Council. Selections are made by the current IYC members and appointments made by the end of Summer. Those who have graduated may no longer serve on IYC. Many colleges and universities related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offer scholarships for youth who serve on such teams.
- 2017 IYC Application Form
- Over the next few years, teams of 4 (2 youth and 2 adults) will travel across Indiana and across the country to explore ministries addressing racism and reconciliation. These travelers will gather together after their travels to share new ideas and encourage new ministries. Youth in grades 9 – 12 and adults who are at least 25 years old may apply.
- Learn more
Children Worship and Wonder
- Children Worship & Wonder offers an exciting way to approach faith formation with children. The approach recognizes children as spiritual beings who already have a relationship with God. Through Children Worship & Wonder, children learn about God as they experience God. They hear Bible stories in a way that allows them to enter into the stories and form responses out of their own life experiences. Children Worship & Wonder can be used with children beginning at age 3. A wide age range can be grouped together in one class. It is a Montessori influenced program that often works wonders with children who have attention deficit problems.
- You can be trained to become a Worship & Wonder Trainer. Learn more and register.
*Information taken from the Disciples Home Missions Children’s Ministries webpage.
OTHER (Links, Resources, etc.)
- Disciple Youth Ministry Network (for adult leaders)
Disciples Women’s Ministries is a conduit for diverse connections empowering each woman to find her voice and live out her call.
The Indiana Women’s Counsel seeks to facilitate opportunities for gathering and connecting the Disciples Women of Indiana, and would be pleased to receive ideas and suggestions for new ways to bring the Indiana women of faith together. Feel free to be in touch with IWC President Debbie Shephard with ideas and questions at Debbie.Shephard@wgm.org
May the Peace of Christ be with you.
- Women’s Spring Event (event link or pics of past events)
- Women’s Fall Retreat
- OTHER (Links, Resources, background on women in leadership, etc)
Disciple Men’s Ministry is an opportunity for men from each congregation to learn, grown, and serve together. Our primary connection point comes at retreats, held at our Outdoor Ministry locations.
Children and Family
- Disciples Children and Family Resources
- Lifelong Faith – Inter-generational Journal and resources
- Vibrant Faith Ministry – Training and resources for intergenerational ministry