Cafe a la Carte - April 2018

posted on April 01

Summer is right around the corner.  When you think of summer, you think of camp.  We have three camps and retreat centers here in the Kentucky Annual Conference:  Aldersgate, Kavanaugh, and Loucon.  To find out more about these ministry opportunities and to sign up your children for camp, go to     

What’s Up with Mission Basecamp?

Kavanaugh has been developing Summer camps that focus on serving.  This year, Mission Basecamp is three years old and it is a joy to see how God is using Kavanagh as a mission hub for the Metropolitan Louisville area and surrounding counties.  Last Summer, we were blessed to work with 125 Mission Basecamp participants to partner with over 7 non-profit organizations.  For 2018, there are already 155 confirmed Mission Basecamp attendees with the expectation that it could reach or exceed 200 participants.  In addition, Mission Basecamp is even beginning to pull teams from outside Kentucky.  In April, a thirty-five-member team from Michigan is coming to Kavanaugh to serve during their Spring Break.  Not bad for only being three! 
The goal of Mission Basecamp is to develop youth into deeper disciples while sending them out into the community to partner with other amazing ministries such as the Church of the Promise, Hilltop Ministries, Grace Church, and Prodigal Ministries (just to name a few).  Kavanaugh is blessed to be surrounded by numerous successful and Christ-centered non-profit organizations.  We know first-hand the great need that exists for non-profits to rely on volunteer power to fulfill their ministry, and we are building new partnerships every year to help send teams of volunteers to meet great needs.
Kavanaugh has always existed to help transform the lives of those who come to experience God’s presence on Holy Ground.  Now, we are entering a new chapter by providing space for youth to experience God’s presence at Kavanaugh, and sending them out to experience the life-changing gift of service.  While Kavanaugh is able to adapt a week of Mission Basecamp to any group’s needs, it is primarily geared towards 5 days 4-night mission experiences for middle and high school-aged youth.  We see great promise for this new ministry and are very excited about the possibilities for the youth, our partner organizations, and the church.

Partnership Funding

In 2014 our Annual Conference voted to reduce the apportionment ask for our churches. Since that ask has been decreased by 4%. This was made possible by a gradual elimination of funding for Camping Ministry, Campus Ministry, and some Missions. The request from the Bishop and CF&A was to take a portion of that decrease and to invest it into ministries that would help make disciples of Jesus Christ. 

There are over 700 churches in the Kentucky Annual Conference. In 2017 ninety-two churches gave to one of our camps in this manner. In 2018 our camping ministry reduction is greater than $160,000. A portion of this is made up by an increase in fees; however, a substantial amount still requires the support of our churches. 

Does your church know? Has your church considered adding Aldersgate, Kavanaugh, Loucon, or CRM to the budget either as a percentage or as a line item? I am asking you to first request a gift of support for 2018. Secondly, I am requesting that your church prayerfully consider adding Camp & Retreat Ministry to your future budgets to ensure future generations have the opportunity to hear about the Gospel apart from all the distractions we encounter in our everyday world. 

Aldersgate, Kavanaugh, and Loucon are your outreach ministries. Together we can make disciples for the transformation of the world! 
Warren Hopper
Executive Director of Camp & Retreat Ministry
Loucon Training & Retreat Center

(502) 425-3884 or (800) 530-7236
The Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
7400 Floydsburg Rd
Crestwood, KY 40014