Going Further

goingfurtherBack in February, I had the privilege of attending a camp called Going Further. It is a camp for young adults from 18-30 about, as you can probably tell, “going further” in discipleship. On a sunny Friday morning, around 60 young Presbyterians and Anglicans descended on the beautiful Orama community on Great Barrier Island for one pretty epic week.

For me, it was a deeply formative experience.

Too often, I think, Christian camps are orientated mostly around the head (theology and content), or mostly around the heart (Holy Spirit stuff), or mostly just on activities. It is a difficult balance to strike. The thing I most appreciated about Going Further (apart from the awesome people) was the holistic nature of the content: we had amazing sermons form Kindra Green, a pastor from San Diego working with the refugee community there; creative and integrated worship led by worship songwriter and Presbyterian minister Malcolm Gordon; habitation practices and spiritual disciplines such as morning and evening prayers, lectio divina, and meditation; creation care; all mixed in with small group discussions and lots of free time to just BE.greatbarrier

All of this in a stunning, remote location with a pier to jump off, kayaking, bushwalks to waterfalls, volleyball, and other activities on our doorstep. You start to get the idea.

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