From LOMO’s Board President and Executive Director
This past year the LOMO Board of Directors and leadership staff have worked creatively to re-imagine how we can adapt to the cultural changes, ELCA trends and financial realities to re-envision outdoor ministries into the future.
We researched many avenues for partnerships with organizations with common core values including faith, nature, relationships, leadership and stewardship. In a world where fewer and fewer people have any religious affiliation we brainstormed new opportunities for people who may not have a church home to participate in outdoor ministries while also creating new sources of revenue for us. Some of the ideas generated included expanded RV camping, a classic chamber music festival, a bluegrass Christian gospel music festival, forest bathing, and wounded warrior retreats. We also discussed expanding marketing efforts beyond the Lutheran constituency for retreats, weddings and internments at our EcoEternity Forests.
We continued to offer traditional summer camp, outreach day camps and sponsored retreat programs to bring people together to experience Christ through our natural settings and programs. Our heartfelt thanks go to the hundreds of individuals, congregations and synods who continue to make this ministry possible through their financial gifts.