Changes in Diocese of Albany’s Camp and Youth Ministry

Late this afternoon I received the following list email:

To all my Beaver Cross friends and family,

Currently the Diocese and Christ the King Center are having to make some tough choices and changes. One of those changes concerns the staffing of the summer camp and youth ministry programs. In order to help make those programs more sustainable on a long-term basis, the decision has been made restructure the Director of Camp and Youth Ministry position. The Director of Camp will become a seasonal position and the Youth Ministry needs are still being evaluated.

With this new structure I will no longer be employed as the Director of Camp and Youth Ministry, but will instead pursue other options. This has been a tough choice for all involved and does not come at an easy time, especially with the approaching holidays.

I ask your prayers for my family as we work through this difficult transition, and ask especially for prayers in regards to us finding new housing. Our family has set down roots in Greenwich, and we would like to provide our children with some stability by being able to remain in the Greenwich school system. But housing is limited in the area, and rental property is in short supply. So please keep us in your prayers.

I want to thank all of you who have supported me in this ministry. This diocese is home to many wonderful people, and I have been blessed and honored to know and work with you over the past seven years. This is a unique diocese with unique challenges, but the fact that there are so many people committed to seeing it thrive makes it a special place.

To the campers, students and summer camp staff, I want to say a special thanks to all of you. My life is a richer for having spent time with you, and I pray that if you have learned nothing else over the years, that you have heard loud and clear that you are fearfully and wonderfully created by an amazingly creative God. He’s a God who has shown over and over that He desires to have a deep, personal relationship with you as He stands at the door of your life desiring to be invited in. If you haven’t already done so, please take the step to invite Him in. You’ll have a life fuller than anything the world can offer on its own. I promise you won’t regret it.

To the staff of Christ the King, I wish to thank you for the hard work you have all put forth in helping create a special camp experience for so many kids. Summer camp is truly a team concept. At times it involves long hours and great dedication, but you strive to do it with grace and style. Thank you for your efforts over the years.

If you wish to correspond with me directly, my personal email address is [edited]. I would enjoy hearing from you, especially if you have any special memories or stories from our time together. Thank you again, and have a blessed Christmas season.

Peace,
Chris Copeland

No other information has come at this juncture about the changes, raising a lot of questions – is Christ the King in financial trouble?  What will be done to minister to the students of the Diocese of Albany?  Will the calendar of scheduled youth events & trips go on?  What about the full time assistant director?  All questions some of those students have wondered about in conversation with me since the email’s arrival.

I am praying for Chris and his family as they make this transition.  I am also hoping that the open questions will be addressed quickly and with clarity to assure the students of the Diocese of Albany that their growth in the faith remains a priority at the diocesan level.

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One Response to “Changes in Diocese of Albany’s Camp and Youth Ministry”

  1. Michelle
    November 24, 2008 at 11:33 am #

    I hope this leads to better things for the Copeland family.

    While I am very sorry that Chris is leaving, at the same time I think maybe I should be happy for him. Being on-site staff is a trap, and I was lucky to get out when I did.

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