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The Vision

(Updated 8/2/22)

The number of campers at Lake Geneva Christian Center (LGCC) continues to grow year after year and this summer the trend has continued. With the completion of the Dining and Event Center and other updates, LGCC has quickly become one of the premiere campgrounds in the state of Minnesota. In the past 5 years alone, we’ve seen a 20% overall increase in year-round campground usage. This summer Family Camp was again at full capacity, and we also experienced record attendance in our age-graded camps. Over the past dozen years Kids Camps have grown from 1,054 campers to 1,972 campers and Youth Camps have grown from 1,755 campers to over 3300 campers.

Along with the growth in attendance has come growth in spiritual impact on the Next Generation.  Children, students, and leaders all come with the expectation of powerful worship, preaching, and extended times in God’s presence.  Because of the growth in numbers, the altar is no longer just a space at the front of the worship center, but the entire building is now utilized.  Each summer more students come to Christ and experience the presence of the Lord. We hear story after story of those who can point to the very spot where they surrendered their lives to Christ, were baptized in the Holy Spirit, were healed, and called to missions. We are taking steps to increase our capacity at camp, and we believe this initiative will not only impact generations, but eternity as well.

Because of this significant growth, we are in the process of adding a new mixed-use housing structure with sleeping accommodations for 224 additional campers. It will be a hybrid of dormitory-style rooms like the Lakeview Center and smaller units like the ones in the Kingsriter Retreat Center, with an enclosed swimming pool and outdoor hot tub that can be utilized throughout the year. This new facility will be located on the lakefront south of the Dining and Event Center and will have an enclosed walkway which will connect directly to the Dining & Event Center.

Pastor Clarence St. John and Supt. Mark Dean have been meeting with church leaders and friends of the camp regarding partnering in this project.  Of the approximately $10 million needed for the project, $7 million has already been given or committed and the cash portion of the amount already received is $3.7 million. Some gifts have been given all at once and others have extended their giving with 3–4 year commitments.  We are grateful for the incredible generosity of God’s people and believe that God will help us to finish raising the needed funds for the completion of the project.

Construction for the project began in mid-June.  Sometime next summer or early fall we should be able to utilize these new facilities.  Will you consider being a part of what God is doing at LGCC with this new endeavor?   We are so grateful for the generosity of so many towards Lake Geneva.

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