THE ARK Christian Ministries Inc

Creating Communities of Grace Everywhere God Leads

CONVERSE, IN   |  www.thearkcm.org

Mission

THE ARK exists to glorify God providing Bible Based, Christ Centered, Discipleship Directed, and Mission Minded ways to reach and teach the next generation.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Bruce Cameron

Main address

3522 N 1000 W 27

CONVERSE, IN 46919 USA

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Formerly known as

Rainbow Christian Camp

EIN

35-1504071

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

All of human development involves growth. At THE ARK Christian Ministries, we believe that growth by its very nature is spiritual and that the principles of growth are found in the Bible and its teachings. That’s why everything we do at THE ARK is motivated by the desire to help people grow and develop into healthy individuals who positively impact the world they live in.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summer Camp Sessions

Each summer THE ARK provides approximately 35 camp sessions for over 1,000 students entering Kindergarten in the fall through those who just graduated High School in the spring. Filled with biblical teaching, outdoor activities, delicious meals, and more, these camp sessions range in time from one day to six days in length. Outdoor adventure programming, horses, team building activities, and hands-on lessons are included in every ARK camp session.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

RETREATS/RENTALS
THE ARK is available to guest groups year-round, though on a very limited basis during the summer. We serve schools, youth groups, adult retreats, families and businesses. Our staff works with each group to put together the most effective package of lodging, dining and activities. We offer a variety of activities, including canoeing, kayaking, basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, hayride, animal barn, paintball rental equipment, team-building activities, and high and low ropes elements (inside and outside). Guest groups make their own schedules, working with THE ARK as needed for guided activities and facility availability. We pray for guest groups during their stay and, at the beginning of the stay, ask group members their prayer needs. THE ARK host provides opportunities and openness to significant spiritual conversations with guest group members. THE ARK is also available for banquets for special occasions such as weddings, family reunions, church groups, school events, birthdays and community events.

One of our most popular programs for guest groups is our Group Initiatives Program. Utilizing our indoor and outdoor low and high elements, this program is a challenge course designed to develop team building, problem solving, leadership, and communication skills in youth and adults of all ages.

In 2017 we hosted 3,100 guests.


SCHOOL GROUPS
Another component of Guest Groups THE ARK hosts are School Groups for our group initiative programs. We believe that our School Groups programs can and should be grown and developed further. We are pursuing the acquisition of a Double-Decker ropes course, which would grow our group initiatives program and attract larger numbers of school groups to THE ARK.
From October 2017 - September 2018 THE ARK hosted 7 school groups (K-12 grade) totaling 598 students.

Population(s) Served
Adults

TWO-YEAR INTERNSHIP
THE ARK’s two-year internship program focuses on discipleship through faith-building and a mission-focused approach to life. During the first year of the program, interns live at THE ARK and are involved in each area of the ministry, including programming, food service, office, guest services, stewardship and maintenance. Like our year-round staff, interns also spend time daily, monthly, and yearly in Sabbatical. They meet weekly with year-round staff for spiritual mentoring.
During the second year, interns spend seven months working overseas in a cross-cultural setting
and being mentored by missionaries in the field. Interns are placed in situations that will be out
of their comfort zone to make them rely on and strengthen their relationship with God. The
main expectation for them is growth. Upon return, interns spend one week at camp for
re-entry, one week off to connect with family and donors, and then return to THE ARK for the summer. They are provided time and guidance to determine their next step, beyond the program.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP
We also have interns for the summer months who help with programming, cleaning, etc.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Since the beginning, THE ARK has had a focus on world missions. There are currently 3 legs of this focus:
Annual Summer Missionary in Residence. Each summer an international missionary lives on site at THE ARK and shares with campers about his/her work in the part of the world where they serve. There is also typically a hands-on component of this experience where the missionary develops a physical place we call “The 3rd World Village” to resemble the part of world where the missionary resides. At times, this village will include cultural aspects of the missionary’s home such as food, language learning, etc.
Missions Sending Agency: Currently THE ARK has two missionaries who serve around the world under the umbrella of THE ARK. We have a missions oversight team (an arm of the Board of Directors) that sets policy and seeks to connect with our missionary affiliates. It’s important to note that these missionaries have completely separate finances from THE ARK - they raise their own support and report back to their donors.
ARK Alumni around the world: Former ARK campers, faculty, and staff now serve in world missions all over God's earth. We seek to stay connected with Alumni including those who serve abroad as they continue the mission of Creating Communities of Grace Everywhere God Leads.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We desire to transform the world and culture through the alumni of THE ARK.

Our Strategy:
We believe that when people spend time with God, seeking the mind and heart of God, He molds them to better fulfill His mission for their lives. THE ARK’s programs are based on Biblical principles that help people grow. We create a community everywhere God leads where God is in charge. When we put God first and accept His authority, we return to the perfect order of creation and become what He created us to be—dependent on and in relationship with Him and other people.

We know that immersing young people in a mission-focused environment puts a face on the work of Christ. THE ARK helps kids understand their call and translate it to the rest of life through experiential teaching of God's Word and providing exposure to how the rest of the world lives. THE ARK’s Spirit-filled atmosphere allows youth to experience a temporary community with God in charge. Radical growth happens as THE ARK provides opportunity for mentoring/discipleship within community and in cross-cultural settings. THE ARK’s community of alumni is changing the world, and we continue to support their work.

Camps * Guest Groups * Internships * Missions

Camps
Our largest ministry is our yearly summer camp sessions, offered to kindergartners through graduated twelfth grade students. Sessions vary in length from one day to six days and include day and overnight camps. Our goal is to share the love of God with youth and help them grow and mature in their faith wherever they are on that journey. We foster ‘eternal conversations’ where kids begin to ask the ‘big’ questions as they live, eat, play and worship together in community. We also partner with an area ministry that provides overnight camp sessions for teens and adults who have special needs. In the summer of 2017, we offered 35 camp sessions and had 1,110 campers total. Summer 2018 brought 952 campers in 34 camp sessions.

Guest Groups
THE ARK is available to guest groups year-round, though on a very limited basis during the summer. We serve schools, youth groups, adult retreats, families and businesses. Our staff works with each group to put together the most effective package of lodging, dining and activities. We offer a variety of activities, including canoeing, kayaking, basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, hayride, animal barn, paintball rental equipment, team-building activities, and high and low ropes elements (inside and outside). Guest groups make their own schedules, working with THE ARK as needed for guided activities and facility availability. THE ARK host provides opportunities and openness to significant spiritual conversations with guest group members. One of our most popular programs for guest groups is our Group Initiatives Program. Utilizing our indoor and outdoor low and high elements, this program is a challenge course designed to develop team building, problem solving, leadership, and communication skills in youth and adults of all ages. In 2017 we hosted 3,100 guests.

Internships
THE ARK’s two-year internship program focuses on discipleship through faith-building and a mission-focused approach to life. During the first year of the program, interns live at THE ARK and are involved in each area of the ministry, including programming, food service, office, guest services, stewardship and maintenance. During the second year, interns spend seven months working overseas in a cross-cultural setting and being mentored by missionaries in the field. The main expectation for them is growth.

Each summer THE ARK also has 12-16 interns.

Missions
There are currently 3 legs of this focus:
- Annual Summer Missionary in Residence: Each summer an international missionary lives on site at THE ARK and shares with campers about his/her work in the part of the world where they serve.

- Missions Sending Agency: Currently THE ARK has two missionaries who serve around the world under the umbrella of THE ARK. (Note: Their finances are completely separate from THE ARK's.)

- ARK Alumni Serving all over the world

THE ARK Christian Ministries traces its roots back to 1944, when four men in a fishing boat on McClure’s Lake in north central Indiana envisioned a camp to reach and teach the next generation for Christ. Their vision became a reality in 1948, when the camp was incorporated as Pearson’s Mill Christian Assembly (named after its location). The camp’s original intent was to provide a facility where children from twelve Christian churches could learn about the Bible and enjoy recreational activities in a summer camp setting.

In 1965, the camp relocated to its present location in Converse, Indiana. At that time, twenty-six churches were supporting camp programs for fourth through twelfth graders in six summer camp sessions.

In the late 70’s the name was changed to Rainbow Christian Camp to address the confusion with location after the move. The name was to reflect the promises of God as He rescues and reconciles His people. More recently in 2016 the name was changed to THE ARK Christian Ministries giving clarity to the fact that this ministry is year round and focused on reaching the whole world through various means including Christian camping.

In 2001, Rainbow Christian Camp began to experience significant growth in year round retreats and conferences. The Board of Directors decided to build a conference center to address the shortened summer due to year round school and to reach even more people for Christ. We expanded our ministries to include retreats, conferences, special events, after school programs, day care, school mentoring programs, and specialty camps.

Today, around 1,100 young people and over 350 adults participate in summer programs at THE ARK each year. Additionally, 1,300+ people share in retreats and conferences that occur year round. There are 55+ member churches and over 75 partner churches who participate by sending campers, volunteers, or funding.

One of the most exciting things about our work at THE ARK is seeing participants leave as changed individuals who go out into the world to build the Kingdom of God. We encourage alumni to stay in contact with the ministry, which provides an ongoing faith community and fosters deeper spiritual growth. In addition, since THE ARK exposes campers to missionaries and mission-related lifestyles, we encourage our alumni to seek opportunities for mission work. In this way, THE ARK continues to build relationships with missionaries and missionary partners.

Financials

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THE ARK Christian Ministries Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Drew Chaplin

Drew Chaplin

Craig McKillip

Abby Hayes

Ben Hayes

Clint Manning

Joey Schlatter

Jonathan Greene

Troy Canfield

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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