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CCCA’s mission is to proclaim the power and benefits of the Christian camp and conference experience, and to provide leaders at member organizations with ongoing encouragement, professional training and timely resources. In other words, CCCA exists to maximize the ministry of its members.
What does it mean to "Maximize Your Ministry"?
1. To help Christian camps and conference centers improve their performance and impact, to get even better at things they’re doing well.
2. To help these ministries expand their outreach and increase attendance/occupancy so more people become committed disciples of Jesus Christ.
One of the hallmarks of CCCA has been its ability to provide quality education and training opportunities for the Christian camp and conference professional. Whether in management, foodservices, programming, guest services, grounds keeping or marketing, CCCA offers resources and education that have long-lasting impact for its members.
Another way CCCA works to maximize your ministry is by helping members enlarge their spheres of influence. In other words, the association helps increase demand for members’ properties and services--with the purpose of filling camp beds--through marketing tools, instruction and examples of others’ success.
Driven by the need to solve common problems and gather new ideas, several regional groups of Christian camp and Bible conference leaders in the United States and Canada began to meet informally in the late 1940s and early 1950s. These independent coalitions later combined their efforts under the name Christian Camp and Conference Association International, and eventually incorporated in 1963.
As the association’s influence spread around the world, the name was changed to Christian Camping International (CCI). In 2005, the leadership of CCI/USA decided to eliminate the often misleading term "camping" from the organization's name, and return to the moniker Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA). Today, CCCA is the largest of 18 autonomous associations on six continents.
Most major denominations and church associations, as well as many nationally recognized youth and adult ministries, are represented in CCCA. About half of the nearly 900 member camps and centers are independent organizations.
There is an incredible, healthy diversity among the CCCA constituency. Though they share basic values, no two CCCA members are the same in terms of program or facility.
Every year, over 6,000,000 people are involved in the programs of CCCA member camps and conference centers, and tens of thousands come to faith in Jesus Christ through that experience. What’s more, 130,000-plus churches in America are served by CCCA member organizations, and more than 400,000 adults are now involved in full-time Christian work as the result of decisions made at CCCA member camps and conference centers.
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