||It Not Just A Guy Thing - Its A God Thing
Leadership Training Camp — Learning how to share the gospel can come in unusual ways, even while making cinnamon rolls out of biscuit scraps.
The lesson using cinnamon rolls shows that God can take something others view to be worthless, the biscuit scraps, and create something good, the cinnamon rolls.
This is a spiritual application, making an ordinary activity into a way to share one’s faith. That idea is one of the underlying themes of Leadership Training Camp, sponsored by Texas Baptist Men, where more than 60 men of all ages gather for a time of spiritual education, renewal and growth.
The camp is for young men hoping to be staffers at Royal Ambassador camps during the summer to receive training. The grown men not only serve as the teachers, but many participate in classes offered for their age group.
The mission of TBM is to encourage men to live an on mission lifestyle, said Butch Durham, camp director. He explains that “a lot of places God calls us on mission are not modernized.” This is why safety skills learned at camp are important.
The staffers are divided into different camps based on their experience. The young men attend leadership growth sessions and electives in the morning and spend the afternoons practicing and learning the camp objectives.
Corbin Winkle, a second-year staffer from South Oaks Baptist Church in Arlington, decided to come to Leadership Training Camp after seeing the effect it had on his older brother. “There was a visual difference in how he treated other people,” Winkle said.
By putting the boys in situations where they work together, the instructors will see which boys rise to the top and become the leaders.
Electives including archery, canoeing and riflery are available, but campers will learn more than these skills. They also will learn spiritual applications. “Every fire we build, knot we tie and dish we cook has a spiritual application,” said Jeff Palmer, long time camp participant. The adults hope to teach the young men no matter where they are or what they are doing, they have a chance to share the gospel.
When the staffers get their summer assignment to teach at RA camp, it is often the area they personally struggled with the most at LTC. They will then need to prepare more in order to be ready to teach. Kameron Pomeroy, a first-year staffer from First Baptist Church in Southerland Springs, learned about patience and judging the attitudes of his campers.
Most young men attending leadership camp were recommended by an older man who saw leadership potential in them. John Travis Smith, from First Baptist Church in Hempstead, has crossed over from being a staffer to being a part of the adult program. He describes the experience as “a meeting of the elite who have answered the call to ministry and missions. I feel privileged to be a part of it.”
For the grown men who come to camp, it is more of a time of spiritual renewal. “My wife says I’m a better man when I come back,” Palmer said. The time of rejuvenation allows the man to get back to a place of nearness to God.