Point and Park Announce Management Agreement

The Luther Point Bible Camp Board of Directors of Grantsburg, Wisconsin and the Luther Park Bible Camp Board of Directors of Chetek, Wisconsin are pleased to announce that they have entered into a management agreement. As part of this mutual management agreement, the Rev. Craig M. Corbin, Executive Director of Luther Point Bible Camp will assume Interim Executive Directorship responsibilities for Luther Park Bible Camp. Rev. Corbin will continue his position and responsibilities as Executive Director of Luther Point Bible Camp, serving in the capacity of Executive Director over both Camp Associations.

Sherm Toufar, long time Executive Director of Luther Park, and his wife, Mary Toufar, Associate Director of Luther Park will be leaving their respective positions, effective September 18, 2009. The Interim Director will assume the responsibilities of Executive Directorship, management, and Programmatic oversight of Luther Park effective September 19, 2009.

Rev. Craig Corbin has been the Executive Director of Luther Point Bible Camp since May of 1992. Rev. Corbin is a native of South Dakota. His undergraduate degree is from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa in 1985. Prior to coming to Wisconsin to serve in his current capacity, he served as Pastor of Gracious Saviour Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan for four years. As is the case with many people serving in year-round Christian outdoor ministry positions, Craig has had extensive camp experience during his college years. Rev. Corbin worked for Lutherans Outdoors of South Dakota for several years. He served as a camp counselor at Ne-So-Dak Bible Camp, Waubay, SD for two summers 1975 and 76, was a program coordinator at Klein Ranch, Isabel, SD in 1977, served as a canoe guide in Ontario, Canada in 1978 and managed Ne-So-Dak Bible Camp during the transition of directors from 1978-1979. Rev. Corbin is married to his wife Kim and they are the parents of three older children.

During the initial months of the management agreement, several actions will need to be taken in order to provide for a smooth transition. One of the most important actions to be taken will be to determine the programmatic needs of the camp ministry and to adequately staff for those needs. Currently, all of the recharge weekends will continue to be offered as they are scheduled. Rev. Corbin will be working closely with the program committee of Luther Park to assess and determine summer program offerings for 2010 along with a continued commitment to the Day Camp ministry that currently exists.

Database management, donor privacy and donor tracking will be maintained with respect and confidentiality. Retreat management, including future retreat reservations, hosting retreats and hospitality will continue to be a top priority for this ministry. Financial management will also be a significant part of the administrative responsibilities.

During this interim period, both camps will operate as separate entities, with their own separate Board of Directors, separate congregational constituent members, and separate financial obligations. Retreat and camper registration procedures will continue to function in much the same way they have functioned in the past. Some procedural modifications will be anticipated and implemented during the transition process.

Both camps have played a key role in the faith development of youth and families over the past several years. Both camp ministries assert their reason for their ministry: Luther Park’s assertion is “Where Faith is Nurtured, Through Holy Play” and Luther Point’s assertion is “Forming Faith, Point People to Christ”. This is the essence of what these two ministries are about. It’s about Faith, Relationships, Christ, Worship, Fun, Discipleship Training and much more.

One of the primary reasons the two camp boards have entered into this agreement is for the sake of ministry and being proactive rather than reactive. Serious questions have been asked about the future viability and strength of not-for-profit camps to be able to stand on their own. Many camps (all denominations) across this country are facing significant financial challenges, and in recent months there have been numerous reports of camp closings or camps suspending operations and ministries. Both boards see this as an opportunity where the effective stewardship of our gifts can be maximized. Some of the current tasks that are performed at each site will no longer need to be replicated. Restructuring of tasks and duties will be a key part of the transition process.

As the two camps continue to move into this joint venture, both camp boards are asking for patience and flexibility, to allow the transition to work. Obviously a learning curve is part of the equation in all aspects of the ministry. For Rev. Corbin and some of the Luther Point staff who will be assisting in the management process, time will be needed to become acquainted with Luther Park staff, site, procedures, policies and much more. Please allow this transition process to work itself out over the next few months.