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Leadership Development at HLBC

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

“We all need people to help us along the way. You can only go so far by going it alone…You’ll never accomplish anything big if you try to do it alone…You become not just a better leader, but a better person (when you) know how to build up the people around you.” David Novak, Taking People with You, pp. 1, 4

“The path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth…Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s really that simple.” Kent Blanchard and Mark Miller, introduction to Great Leaders Grow

The point is that leadership is not a title, and it is not a position that one is simply handed. It is a journey, and it is a journey that involves learning from those around you as well as helping others to learn. It is a continual process of development; the development of a servant heart and attitude, of stretching beyond what you can do on your own.

Highland Lakes serves as a resource for others to Discover, Develop, and Deploy a Transformed Life in Christ. Developing that transformed life includes the realization that we all serve as leaders in some capacity at various times. We all have influence in the lives of others; how we develop the application of that influence into Kingdom oriented leadership is vital to the growth of the individual and to those we serve. At Highland Lakes, our camps offer the opportunity for campers to come and learn from others the necessity of leadership; they see firsthand how lives are changed by those that lead effectively with a servant attitude. Many of those campers go on to become leaders in their area of influence; whether it is in academics, sports or in social activities.

It is not only the campers that develop a sense of leadership and responsibility. Great leaders continue to grow; our summer missionaries who serve the camps develop their leadership skills and take those skills into the world. One of last year’s summer missionaries, Micah Burkhardt, took his experience at Highland Lakes and used it to help him become an interim minister of music at State Street Baptist church in New Albany, and is considering the opportunity to lead at a church in South Carolina. Micah, as well as other summer missionaries, learned that leadership requires a sense of responsibility and a response of sensibility to those we serve.

In addition to camps, Highland lakes serves as a resource to leadership training for our churches, our associations, our pastors, and our SCBI staff. Whether it is a weekend Church leadership or Deacon training retreat, or a weeklong “High Impact Leadership Lab”, folks come here to get away and to invest in time and energy in searching the depths of leadership principles. Why? For an opportunity to learn how better to serve others. “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2

Leadership development. It happens here at Highland Lakes.


2016 Summer Missionaires for Highland Lakes Baptist Camp

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)


The Summer Camp season at Highland Lakes is fast upon us, and we have an exciting opportunity this summer for your college aged students. We would like to enlist and employee ten summer missionaries for the months of June and July. These missionaries will have the opportunity to serve others for the kingdom as part of the Highland Lakes Team. Our purpose here is to help others Discover, Develop, and Deploy a Transformed Life in Christ. As such, our Summer Missionaries will be involved in everything from steady physical labor (painting, cleaning, repairing, building) to supervising (Life guarding, archery, archery tag, giant swing, etc) to speaking into the lives of campers about Christ (serving as needed at the various camps as counselors). I can guarantee that your student will benefit in numerous ways as they themselves grow in Christ while serving others.

We require that the Summer Missionaries be members of an SBC church, have a personal recommendation from their pastor, and that they fill out an application, availing themselves to an interview process.

The hours are long, the pay is minimal, but the reward is tremendous.

Click Here to apply

If you have any questions, you can contact either me or our Director of Operations Rick Porter, and we will be glad to address any concerns.

Thank you in advance for making this opportunity available to your students.

Jim Shields

Team Leader/Development