"Crosspoint Varsity" was a sports camp for teens that never got off the ground too good. It was in the same "market" as Cenrifuge & Student Live ... other successful church youth camps. It was also in the sports camp market where every college & university has a sports camp on campus.
Here are lessons I've learned from a program that failed:
- Great ministry can happen, even if the business goes bad. The ministry at "Varsity" was great, even though the business model didn't ever take off. We saw a number of campers who came to know Christ and who grew in their walk with the Lord. There were a few future camp staffers who came through as campers & were impacted by their experience at Crosspoint Varsity.
- Without a good business you don't get a chance to do the ministry. This is a reality that faces LifeWay, churches, and other ministries too. We must be good stewards with the business details in order to see continued ministry opportunity.
- Don't disregard the experience, just because it failed. Crosspoint Varsity was one of my favorite camps to be a part of, and I remember crying on the very last night of camp after the final worship service ended. I missed it and knew the reality of its challenges but hated that it didn't get to reach its potential. In the end I use leadership lessons and experiences every day from this program that failed and has been forgotten by many.
Unfortunately everything doesn't turn out successful, but I've taken many valuable lessons from this camp that we no longer offer.