Stepping Into the Future
The existing Chapel at Covenant Pines Bible Camp was built in 1957. For generations, it has served as a place of spiritual nourishment, growth and calling. If you look closely, the fingerprints of the workers line the ceiling boards… a reminder of the many prayers offered as the Chapel was built and dedicated. After serving for decades, the Chapel has grown tired. The time is now to build a new Worship Center.
Funding a New Worship Center
$4.1 Million is what needs to be raised to accomplish our dream of a new worship center.
Differences between the current Chapel and the new Worship Center:
Year-Round Use – the Chapel is not heated or insulated, which significantly limits the size of retreats we can host between October and April, cutting into both our ministry impact and registration income.
Capacity – the proposed Worship Center is scaled to meet both our current and future anticipated summer capacity, as well as retreats.
Safety – the Chapel has structural issues making it unsafe to occupy if we anticipate high winds, at times forcing a delay or relocation of our programs.
Location – for decades, the chapel experience has been the number one rated activity at camp. It is the “heart of camp.” The proposed location of the Worship Center will physically represent the “heart of camp” with its location near the middle of our property.
Offices and Commons – while the primary function of the building is to provide a sacred worship space for campers, the new building will have the added benefit of providing a relocated office space to welcome campers and a Commons to gather during the day or prior to worship. In essence, a Ministry Hub at the center of camp.
Your Gift Makes a Difference
We Are Striving to Reach 16k People Per Year
Our Ministry Directive or BHAG is to double the number of campers served by CPM’s four ministry centers by 2035. We are striving to serve 16,000 campers each year, each one of them encouraged to take a Next Step in Christian faith.
The new Worship Center at Covenant Pines Bible Camp helps create the sacred space needed to reach this ministry goal.
Why the Need
The Chapel was built when our camps were half the size they are now. This means that each week of the summer, campers are fitting into a space not designed for them. It is crowded, hot, lacking in storage and bathrooms. And yet, God has used this space for campers to experience Jesus. Additionally, during the retreat season, our larger groups meet in Oakridge dining hall because the Chapel has NO heat, insulation, bathrooms or running water. But the dining hall was never designed as a place to hold worship.
Our vision is to encourage campers to take a next step in Christian Faith. Imagine campers missing those opportunities because of a building. In our current Chapel, campers get distracted because the temperature is too hot or their cabin mate is sitting too close on a pew. Similarly, restroom trips can take 10-15 minutes because the walking time to the closest bathroom. While seemingly small things, they represent potential missed steps in the faith journey of a camper.
How to Meet the Need
THE FUNDING WINDOW IS NOW OPEN
We’re seeking gifts and 3-year pledges to make the new Worship Center a reality and take the Next Steps toward accomplishing our 2030 goal of doubling the number of campers impacted.