Camp Thurman’s mission is to share God’s love and help people pursue their identity in Christ.
We are called, by Holy Scripture and the Holy Spirit, to challenge all people to be fully devoted followers of Christ. Our calling includes both introduction to and encouragement to remain in a life of full devotion to Jesus Christ. (Colossians 3:17) We are charged with encouraging, equipping, serving and sustaining Christians. We do this by directly instilling our Christian philosophies, values, missions and goals in members and those whom our ministry serves.1 Overt liturgical religious purpose (preaching, worship, Bible instruction, communion, baptism) as well as related non-liturgical religious purpose (social service activities, weddings, teaching, ministry, or events) all serve as methods that Camp Thurman utilizes to instill our religious values and beliefs, both expressly and by example.2 Guided by Holy Scripture and the Holy Spirit, non-liturgical ministries are grounded in the teachings, doctrines, bylaws employee handbooks, procedures and policies, Standards of Morals and Conduct, discipline, Statements of Faith, religious beliefs, Purpose Statement, Mission Statement, and internal dispute resolution policy (the “Written Statements of Faith”), of Camp Thurman – and are therefore subject to all of its ministerial, membership, discipline, and excision policies.
We believe that our religious activity and religious ministry derives meaning in large measure from participation in a larger religious community. For this reason, individual members of our body play a large role in furthering our mission and viewpoint as an organization.3 We exist to foster a Christ-like environment of persons subscribing to our religious beliefs and faith.4 Camp Thurman is dedicated to serving and providing for its community, not simply engaging in organized worship.5 (Galatians 6:10)
Associating with like-minded Christians reinforces Camp Thurman’s Christian purpose and is vital to our faith’s perpetuation.6 (2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 John 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:33) We are committed to being and making disciples who understand what it means to follow Jesus Christ into a life of worship, fellowship, sacrifice, service and being led by the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8; John 15:16; Mark 16:15) Therefore, we are also called to enable and equip the uncommitted and opposed to be fully devoted followers of Christ. (Colossians 4:5-6; Psalm 96:3) Our mission as the body of Christ is to participate, share, and encourage each other toward spiritual growth. (I Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:23-25; Colossians 3:16.) Involvement in our organization requires a tangible commitment to our beliefs, purposes, and mission as outlined in Camp Thurman’s Written Statements of Faith – and are therefore subject to all of its ministerial, membership, discipline, and excision policies, which are incorporated herein by reference, as if fully set forth herein.
Expression of Faith
Camp Thurman intends to transmit our system of religious beliefs, tradition, Christian morals, reverence, and values.7 We do so by engaging in the community and individuals’ lives, acts of worship, and through all activities in which we participate.8 Likewise, we believe that all behavior of members and representatives of the organization is communicative in nature, exemplifying and expressing our faith, both publicly and privately.9 (1 Peter 2:12) Any member or representative who propounds a point of view contrary to our beliefs as stated in our Written Statements of Faith, which are incorporated herein by reference as if fully set forth herein, will impair Camp Thurman’s integrity and ability to disseminate its religious views and message.10 (James 4:4; 1 Corinthians 5:11-12)
Outreach of Ministries
We take very seriously the Biblical charge to be a Christian presence in a secular world.11 (Matthew 5:14-16) Therefore, all activities that Camp Thurman engages in are intended to further its religious purpose, as stated in our Purpose Statement. As such, all of our ministries are considered an outgrowth of the mission of Camp Thurman to preach, teach, evangelize and instill the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.12
1 See Circle Sch. v. Pappert, 381 F.3d 172, 182 (3d Cir. 2004).
2 See Boy Scouts of Am. v. Dale, 530 U.S. 640, 655-656 (2000).
3 See Corporation of Presiding Bishop of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints v. Amos, 483 U.S. 327, 342 (1987) (Brennan, J., concurring in judgment); Roberts v. United States Jaycees, 468 U.S. 609, 622 (1984).
4 See Boy Scouts of Am., 530 U.S. at 654.
5 See Amos, 483 U.S. at 344 (Brennan, J., concurring).
6 See HEB Ministries, Inc. v. Tex. Higher Educ. Coordinating Bd., 235 S.W.3d 627, 659-660, (Tex. 2007).
7 See Boy Scouts of Am., 530 U.S. at 655-56 (quoting Roberts, 468 U.S. at 636).
8 See id.
9 See id. at 648; Spencer v. World Vision, Inc., 633 F.3d 723, 734 (9th Cir. 2011); Univ. of Great Falls v. NLRB, 278 F.3d 1335, 1343 (D.C. Cir. 2002); Universidad Cent. de Bayamon v. NLRB, 793 F.2d 383, 399-400 (1st Cir. 1985).
10 See Boy Scouts of Am., 530 U.S. at 643 (quoting Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, 515 U.S. 557, 576-577 (1995)).
11 See Little v. Wuerl, 929 F.2d 944, 945-46 (3d Cir. 1991).
12 See Hall v. Baptist Mem'l Health Care Corp., 215 F.3d 618, 622 (6th Cir. 2000); Cline v. Catholic Diocese, 206 F.3d 651, 655-56 (6th Cir. 1999).