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Lake Ann Camp

Camp Director

Lake Ann, MI

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Denomination: Baptist/Non-Denominational

Location: Lake Ann, MI

The Role: 

Lake Ann Camp BuildingMeet Lake Ann Camp:

Lake Ann Camp is a faith-based, non-profit organization that annually reaches campers from over 30 states  and approximately  13 countries around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was founded in 1948 by a group of GARBC churches and functions today as a non-denominational yet baptistic ministry that offers campers a place to discover life at its best, by learning the art of applying Scripture to everyday life. 

Established in 1948 on the grounds of a shuttered resort and golf course, Lake Ann Camp was founded by a group of people from a number of churches who wanted to create a Christian youth camp. The first summer there in 1949 welcomed 800 campers. Today the camp is home to over 20,000 visitors yearly.

About the Camp Director:

The Camp Director will be the Executive Director in training and will see their primary role as one of a learner who will one day be the directional leader of the ministry. The position of Camp Director of Lake Ann represents an outstanding opportunity to train a host of young leaders on how to lead well while impacting greatly a new generation of young people with the unsearchable riches of Christ. Lake Ann Camp is a product leader in its field who partners with many churches and ministries to strengthen local churches and families in their commitment to following Christ wholeheartedly. 

The ideal candidate will be a person who has a God sized faith and an ability to exercise that faith to continue to help Lake Ann Camp reach those that it already serves and to expand its reach in the future. He or she will bring a variety of ministry and/or business experiences and a demonstrated commitment to advance Lake Ann Camp in the future. 

The next Camp Director will also need to understand the complex cultural challenges facing the next generation and be firm in his or her commitment to a biblical response to the culture. We expect that this individual will re-cast Lake Ann Camp in an inspiring way to engage the board, staff and ministry partners as the camp moves into a new phase of ministry. 

While Lake Ann Camp is a ministry, there is also a serious business acumen that is required to lead forward. There must be an understanding that to do great ministry - great business needs to exist and therefore this person will need some business understanding to succeed.

Lake Ann Camp Big Staff Photo The Camp Director Responsibilities Include: 

  • Attend all staff meetings throughout the year and debrief those meetings with the Executive Director afterwards to evaluate their benefits and effectiveness.

  • Attend Henry Cloud/John Townsend’s  Ultimate Leadership Workshop and read Changes that Heal and Integrity books prior to attending

  • Read all LIFT intern books with the interns and verbally review with the Executive Director what was learned and why that book made it on the list. 

  • Have a master’s degree or enroll  to receive  a master’s level degree  prior to becoming the Executive Director. 

  • Attend both the state and national CCCA conferences annually. 

  • Follow the defined schedule to learn the following department responsibilities:

    • Programming

    • Maintenance

    • Events/Marketing

    • Guest Services

    • Food Services

    • Business/Finance

    • Office Operations

  • Work with the Executive Director to define and execute two to three directional decisions annually that will move the ministry forward. 

  • Travel with the LIFT and potentially Team Lake Ann for their annual mission trips to develop a heart of how the camp benefits the greater kingdom beyond our ministry. 

  • Recruit summer and full time staff with the Executive Director to learn the process. 

  • Join the Executive Director on speaking engagements and fundraising efforts. 

  • Spearhead a successful fundraising event annually. 

  • Meet with licensing and other governmental supervisors with internal directors as they seek to keep the camp in compliance. 

  • Develop a notebook of ideas that they would like to implement upon accepting the role as the Executive Director. 

  • Time Distribution

    • 35% Training and Education

    • 25% Shadowing the Executive Director

    • 15% Learning Departmental Responsibilities

    • 10% Travel to Recruit, Mission Trips, Conferences

    • 10% Future planning

    • 5% Miscellaneous Duties

Lake Ann Camp WaterWhat You Bring: 

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Camp Director:

Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate Degree - Required

  • Graduate Degree - Strongly Preferred/Required

  • Seminary degree - Strongly Preferred

  • 5+ years of organizational and team leadership

  • 7+ years of ministry or camp experience

  • Experience overseeing growth in a ministry

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills to all ages and stages - both verbally and written

  • Able to identify problems and bring them to a positive conclusion

  • Track record of hiring, training and solving hiring issues

  • Experience leading multiple departments

  • Understands Millennial and younger generations

  •  Able to cast vision to current donors and connect with a  new season of donors

  • Ability to manage complex projects

  • Teaching experience

  • Culturally aware but not culturally controlled

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

  • Vital growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ to ensure that the direction he/she provides is for the advancement of God’s purpose at the camp

  • Clear established theological beliefs in harmony with the Lake Ann Camp Statement of faith

  •  A heart for God and people

  • Passion to see people’s  hearts changed 

  • Positive driven energy

  • Sense of humor

  • A spirit of humility

  • Humble, Hungry, Smart

  • Already showing the Fruits of the Spirit in their life, relationships and ministry

  • Godly discernment

  • Team Builder

  • Winner of Hearts

  • Voracious reader

Lake Ann Camp Fire PitWhat it's Like to Live in Lake Ann, MI: 

Lake Ann, Michigan, offers a picturesque and serene environment that makes it an ideal place to call home. Nestled in the northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula, this charming village boasts an abundance of natural beauty. The centerpiece, of course, is the eponymous Lakeview Lake, a stunning, spring-fed lake that invites residents to swim, fish, and paddle, fostering a strong sense of community and outdoor recreation. The surrounding landscapes are a tapestry of lush forests, rolling hills, and scenic trails, providing endless opportunities for hiking, biking, and simply enjoying the great outdoors. Lake Ann's close-knit community fosters a strong sense of belonging, and the local school system is renowned for its quality, making it an attractive destination for families. With a peaceful and idyllic setting, Lake Ann offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life while remaining conveniently accessible to larger cities like Traverse City and its cultural attractions.

In addition to its natural beauty, Lake Ann offers a range of local amenities and a vibrant arts and culture scene. The village has a quaint downtown area with charming shops and eateries that reflect the town's character and support local businesses. Residents can engage in various community events and activities, from the Lake Ann Street Dance to the annual pumpkin festival, fostering a strong sense of togetherness. The surrounding region is also known for its wineries, breweries, and culinary delights, offering a variety of dining options and experiences. Whether you seek a serene retirement spot, a welcoming community to raise a family, or a retreat from the city, Lake Ann, MI, offers an enchanting and balanced way of life, rooted in natural beauty, cultural richness, and a tight-knit community.

Traverse City, Michigan, nestled along the pristine shores of Lake Michigan, offers a unique and charming lifestyle that captivates residents and visitors alike. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty, Traverse City boasts miles of picturesque coastline, crystal-clear waters, and lush, rolling hills. The region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with abundant opportunities for hiking, biking, water sports, and winter activities. Traverse City is particularly famous for its cherry orchards, and the annual National Cherry Festival celebrates this iconic fruit, attracting people from across the country. The city's vibrant arts and culture scene, showcased through local galleries, theaters, and festivals, contributes to a rich community spirit. With a relatively mild climate, residents enjoy four distinct seasons, each bringing its own unique charm to this idyllic northern Michigan enclave.

Beyond its natural allure, Traverse City offers a welcoming and tight-knit community that values a high quality of life. The city is home to a diverse array of dining options, featuring locally sourced ingredients, as well as a burgeoning craft beer and wine scene. The downtown area exudes a friendly and laid-back atmosphere, with boutique shops, farmers' markets, and historic architecture creating a charming backdrop for daily life. Traverse City's excellent schools, healthcare facilities, and family-friendly amenities make it an ideal place to raise children, while its low crime rate contributes to a sense of safety and security. Whether you're drawn to the beauty of the outdoors, the warmth of the community, or the cultural experiences, Traverse City offers a compelling lifestyle that combines small-town charm with natural splendor.


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