Rough Acres Bible Camp - Philosophy and Purpose
RABC sees the camping Ministry as an arm of the Church. We depend on our supporting Churches for prayer, counsel, workers, follow-up, leadership, financial support, ideas-in-action, promotion, and public relations.
In return, we see the camping Ministry as an effective tool for Christian discipleship. We utilize education, Christian living, teaching by example, and the outdoor environment as an opportunity for disciplining individuals to maturity in Christ. Campers experience 24-hour living in a group atmosphere where Christian leaders have an opportunity to share Christ’s love and forgiveness, to exemplify Christ through living, breathing, walking in a manner that is pleasing to God. The leader gives example through his/her personal devotional habits – being grounded in the Word and committed to prayer, through his reactions to everyday circumstances, through time spent individually with campers, and by utilizing teachable moments and God’s creation to help campers experience Christ’s love throughout the week.
Our purpose is to disciple, which includes the teaching of salvation, but carries on to encourage growth and to edify – lift up Christian brothers and sisters for encouragement in the walk. We desire to teach how to live for Christ during normal, daily activities and fun, as well as during special times of worship.