Athletics and Life

Hello Windermere Friends, I am a “sports guy.” By that I mean, sports are full of life lessons. I especially love the stories of coaches. Some of my favorites are John Wooden, Mark Richt, Dean Smith, Pat Summit, and Tom Landry. In a recent conversation about my favorite coaches I mentioned Frank Beamer the football…

We Are Called

Dear Windermere Friends, Windermere is blessed to partner with over 250 groups every year. I feel it is important for every group leader to know that the Windermere team is called just like they are. The reason we are in the camping and conference ministry is because we feel God has called us to play…

Using Recreation As A Ministry

Dear Windermere Friends, Sometimes recreation can get a bad reputation. Skeptics will say there is no substance in having fun. I am proud to say that outdoor adventure and recreation is a major part of the Windermere strategy. Windermere offers these recreation opportunities: (Some are offered only in the summer) marina inflatables, paddle boats, kayaks,…

Toughness

Dear Windermere Friends, I am a basketball fan. I had the chance to play at a small, Division IIIschool in Memphis. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t the major athlete. I enjoyed the discipline of working on something every day. I enjoyed playing on a team. Recently I came across a book written by Jay…

Feedback

Dear Windermere Friends, I received my bachelor’s degree in business administration. (I know it, a Baptist minister with a business degree, go figure) My professors recommended a lot of books by the leadership guru, Ken Blanchard. He is often quoted as saying, “feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Windermere has basically two ways to receive feedback. One…

Our Guests

Dear Windermere Friends, While thinking about our Windermere programming, I concluded that the key to health is not tied to programming. Don’t get me wrong. Our programming during the year is vital. I think our strategy is solid. However, while programming in important, there is a better indicator of health and growth. Programs don’t attract…