The 2017 National Gathering of United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministry

January 30, 2017 – February 3, 2017


“Waters of Grace,” UMCRM’s biennial cornerstone event, will be hosted in 2017 at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, Palestine, TX. Gather with camp and retreat ministry leaders from across the country for inspiration, education, fun, and fellowship. There will be barbecue, bull-riding, and boot-scootin’!

This event is designed to be family-friendly (kids program is free!), and non-United Methodist camp leaders are warmly welcomed. 


Your sisters and brothers in outdoor ministry understand the blessings and challenges of our chosen path like no one else. At the 2017 national gathering, under the theme Waters of Grace, we will reconnect with one another and the spiritual source of our shared work. Be fulfilled in mind, with dozens of workshop leaders in from around the country and acclaimed keynote speaker Bob Ditter. …Body, with spacious and beautiful grounds to enjoy, and Texas cuisine–it’s the real deal! …and Spirit, including daily Bible study with Kevin Witt. Come and dip your feet in the living water of the camp and retreat community. Come celebrate Waters of Grace.


The theme for the 2017 National Gathering is Waters of Grace. Water brings us to the source of life in the body, and life in the spirit. John 4:10: Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” During our time together we will celebrate water as the tangible expression of our interconnectedness, with the collection and display of water from every ministry in attendance. Through prayer and worship we will also have the opportunity to reconnect with the grace of God, a gift that we often embody more freely to others than to ourselves. Together, let’s feast and be nourished with love by the One who loved us first! Read more here. 



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