In 1957, Camp Concordia (CC) was formed to support the mission and ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), particularly as a children's and youth ministry, both in guiding faith and helping kids (and their families) to know Jesus Christ for the first time. CC sees itself as an arm of the mission field, and as such, adheres to the teachings of the LCMS as expressed in the Bible, the Book of Concord, and the clarifications produced by the LCMS conventions. More specifically, it asks all its staff and representatives to teach the following beliefs in speech, action and example. As adherents to experiential learning philosophy, leaders of CC know that children grow in their faith through tacit experiences as well as direct verbal communication.
We believe that Jesus is our Savior and Lord.
Therefore, we also believe, proclaim and seek to live lives that...
Above all, we believe our behavior should be honorable. Ephesians 5.3-4 and Philippians 4.8-9 help to guide our overall behavior...
*These 10 points are based purposefully and primarily on the meanings of the 10 commandments as written in the Small Catechism in the Book of Concord. God makes it clear through His Word that anyone who is a follower of Jesus is called to live for Him. He indicates that we can encourage and correct each other in brotherly and sisterly love. Romans 15.15; 2 Timothy 3.16-17
Approved March 24, 2015
Camp Concordia is a Recognized Service Organization and aligns with the beliefs of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
A Special Note on Gender Identity and Sexuality
Some may wonder what our beliefs and policies are regarding gender identity and sexuality. We believe that God created man and woman, male and female, as distinct and complementary beings, designed to be in relationship with each other in reflection of the spiritual relationship that exists between Christ and His Church.
As a result of this, we house campers according to birth sex and seek to help campers know their true identity in Christ. When conversations occur on these topics among other campers, we affirm what we believe with all campers participating.
We want to meet all campers first and primarily with grace and compassion and remind them of the hope offered to them through Jesus and the truth found in God’s Word to live as we are called, not by our feelings.
If these are areas you are concerned about for your camper, we encourage you to call our office for a personal conversation before their arrival at camp.