Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center

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In 1959, Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center was established to provide experiential Christian education in support of the Presbyterian Church in New Jersey. Johnsonburg today is a place where city kids meet country kids, where black and white discover common ground, where the rich and poor of means and spirit are valued equally, and where each is encouraged to take another vital step toward realizing oneness in Christ.

Johnsonburg Services

Summer Camp – Ten weeks of Christian camping and leadership training.
Programmed Retreats – Nine weekends annually for older elementaries, junior-highs, senior highs, and families.
Spiritual Sanctuary – Sabbath events and opportunities for personal retreat and respite. Outdoor chapels, labyrinth, spiritual direction, seven miles of trails.
Conference/Retreat Venue – 400-acres in the rolling hills of northwest New Jersey — with year-round overnight lodging, dining service, meeting rooms, worship and recreational facilities.
Special Needs Camps – Opportunities for adults who are intellectually disabled.
Four weeks of service to the homeless through the Interfaith Hospitality Networks of Warren and Sussex County.

Core Values

That through scripture, worship, prayer, meditation, witness, and the power of the Holy Spirit, people come to know God and deepen their faith in Christ Jesus.
That there is value in simple living, the spiritual disciplines, and the restorative effects of time devoted to retreat and renewal.
That we must open our hearts and our doors to all people because every person is created in the image of God and has inherent value.
That racism and other attitudes of bias and hatred can be diminished in a Christian community that welcomes all.
That there is value in small groups within which individuals are welcomed and encouraged to express their uniqueness, and yet remain responsible for supporting the rights of others.
That emotionally and physically safe environments, guided by caring and trusted adults, are essential to healthy growth.
That the camp and retreat setting allows the time and opportunity for laughter and the enjoyment of group activities that form deep, often lifelong friendships based on God’s love.
That time spent in a natural outdoor setting engenders a respect for nature, a commitment to stewardship, and awe in the presence of God’s creation.
That the Center must meet and exceed the standards for safety and operational excellence as set forth by the Warren County Health Department, the New Jersey State Department of Health, and the American Camping Association.

Governance

The Johnsonburg ministry is owned and operated by a Board of Trustees that derives its membership from the seven New Jersey Presbyteries, Presbyterian Church (USA).

Financial Support

Operations are supported by gifts and fees (87%) and by the mission support of the seven New Jersey presbyteries (13%). Capital improvements and endowment are sustained by the gifts of individuals, congregations, and foundations.

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