Changing the landscape of Christian Camping in Canada
BURLINGTON, ON, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.
(Crossroads) has announced it will entrust its Circle Square Ranch ministry to Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (Inter-Varsity).
Inter-Varsity's well known Pioneer Camps have operated across Canada for more than 80 years.
Crossroads' three decades of children's camping will move forward
strongly and continue as Circle Square Ranches, but under the
leadership and direction of Inter-Varsity, effective April 1, 2011.
Although Crossroads will not continue to operate a national camping
ministry, it remains committed to children's camping and to advancing
the legacy of Circle Square Ranch.
The transfer of Circle Square Ranches to Inter-Varsity involves no
financial compensation. Crossroads considers this decision a matter of
Christian stewardship that better positions the camps for the future
while honouring the intentions of the many faithful donors to Circle
Square Ranches over the years. It is an opportunity to help another
Christian ministry expand within their specialty, enabling Crossroads
to do the same.
"We have full confidence that Inter-Varsity will be wonderful stewards
of the families, alumni, campers and ministry of Circle Square Ranches
for the future," says Don Simmonds, Chairman and CEO of Crossroads.
"Through this partnership, the camps will grow and expand while
Crossroads is enabled to bring greater impact to Christian Faith and
Values media, including the development of new children's television
programming as one of our priorities."
This strategic initiative recognizes the respective gifts and strengths
of both organizations. The Circle Square Ranches will be effectively
used by Inter-Varsity to further its mission among young people at camp
and on school campuses across Canada. By adding five ranches to their
national camp program Inter-Varsity will be able to achieve a higher
level of excellence and ministry impact. The introduction of pooled
resources, new product offerings, combined experience and leadership
will significantly advance an already effective camping institution in
"We are delighted to accept Crossroads gift and bring these camps under
our ministry umbrella," said Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship
President Geri Rodman. "We are enthusiastic not only to add these
camps to our ministry, but to envision how the anticipated synergies of
Circle Square Ranches and Pioneer Camps combined might increase our
ministry reach and impact for generations to come."
Both organizations recognize the importance of reaching people for
Christ when they are young - shaping them to follow Him for a
lifetime. For Inter-Varsity, the camp experience has always been a key
part of their mission to transform the lives of young people for Christ
as they grow socially, mentally, physically and spiritually.
"This decision of Crossroads and Inter-Varsity has value to the
Christian community on multiple levels," says Brian Stiller, past
president of Tyndale University College & Seminary. "Firstly,
organizations that have common goals and means of ministry, in
combining forces, demonstrate how stewardship can actually work and
secondly, they create efficiencies. Both have shown an amazing capacity
to see the bigger picture and focus on what they do best. That is a
great story. Their common sense of mission and the employing of a
long-term strategy provides a model that others may want to examine and
consider. I know I speak for many in Canada who pray that as Crossroads
and Inter-Varsity work through this transition together, they will be
blessed with wisdom and humility as they seek a net gain for ministry
and outreach. We pray for an expansion of both ministries for the glory
The following Circle Square Ranches will be donated to Inter-Varsity
Christian Fellowship: Halkirk, Alberta, Wolf Creek, Saskatchewan, Austin, Manitoba , Brantford, Ontario and Arden, Ontario. The Sussex, New Brunswick and Manuels, Newfoundland Circle Square Ranches remain in a visioning phase and Crossroads
intends to continue their operation for ministry purposes.
100 Huntley Street will broadcast the announcement on the Wednesday, February 23rd telecast. The program will include David Mainse, Don Simmonds, Geri
Rodman and Ron Mainse and can be viewed online by visiting www.100huntley.com following the telecast.
About Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. (CCCI) Crossroads is Canada's leader in providing faith and values media
content for people of all ages. 100 Huntley Street, the flagship
television program of CCCI was founded by Rev. David Mainse and is the
longest running daily Christian television program in Canada.
Crossroads provides relevant messages of faith and inspiration for
millions of Canadians and has done so for nearly 50 years. Its mission
is to convey the unchanging message of God's love to people around the
world. Crossroads interacts with its viewers via 24/7 prayer lines, and
it has also been a highly respected and effective not-for-profit aid
agency for over 25 years, having responded in times of natural disaster
worldwide, raising funds and partnering with on-site, non-government
organizations for emergency relief and long-term rebuilding strategies.
About Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (Inter-Varsity) Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship is committed to the transformation
of youth, students and graduates into fully committed followers of
Jesus. Since Inter-Varsity's inception in 1929, through its camp and
campus ministries across Canada, thousands of young people have been
introduced to Jesus Christ and discipled to become his life-long
followers. On campuses nationwide, Inter-Varsity's staff mentor
students in their high schools, colleges and universities, helping them
develop leadership skills, explore the Christian faith and become
life-long followers of Jesus. At Pioneer Camps in 5 provinces, staff
and well-trained volunteers mentor children and young people teaching
them new skills, sharing wilderness adventures and helping them
understand the values of the Christian faith.
SOURCE Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.
For further information:
on this release please contact:
Carolyn Innis, Communications
Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.
PH: 905-331-7333 ext 2265
1295 North Service Road
Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7R 4X5
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship
PH: 416-443-1170 ext 129
Address: 1 International Drive
Toronto, ON M9W 6H3