Gathering As One

A Virtual Outdoor Ministry Conference

November 17th-19th, 2020

Live Zoom Workshop #1

Your Two Choices for 11:30am-12:15pm EDT on Wednesday, November 18

The Absolute Necessity of Intergenerational Play

An avid board gamer and hobby game designer, Jason Brian Santos will explore how a more robust “theology of play” - drawn from a pre-Fallen understanding of creation – calls into question our traditional understanding of fun and formation in the context of age-segregated ministries often found in camp and conference ministries. Seeking a more intentional way of engaging communities in intergenerational interaction, this workshop will offer a fresh way of thinking and practice for how we play together.


Rev. Jason Brian Santos, Ph.D. is the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church, a small mountain congregation located in Lake City, CO. For the last five years, he served as the national director for Christian Formation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. He holds a Ph.D. in practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he also earned his Masters of Divinity. He is the author of A Community Called Taizé (IVP, 2008). Jason currently resides in an almost 150 year old historic church manse in Lake City, with his wife, Shannon and his two sons, Judah and Silas (aka Tutu). In his spare time, he plays and designs board games. 

Lessons Learned from In-Person Programming

As we look to Summer 2021, there is so much we can learn from our sites that ran programs in 2020. Since we will likely have safety protocols next year, it will be good to hear what folks experienced this year. Our panelists will focus on what went well, what would they do differently, and if there are any new facets they want to keep even after the pandemic is over.

Panelists include:
Vicki Nelson, Executive Director of Lumsden Beach Camp (Regina, SK)
Bri Payne, Executive Director of John Knox Center (Ten Mile, TN)
Phil Regetta, Program Director at Camp Harmony (Hooversville, PA)
Janis Sloka III, Executive Director of Camp of the Cross Ministries (Garrison, ND)