Bair Lake Bible Camp

Summary

The purpose of Bair Lake Bible Camp is to provide a camping experience that will enable a young person to make long strides toward physical, mental and spiritual maturity with the ultimate goal being to produce young men and women capable of filling leadership roles with a strong Christian foundation.

Bair Lake also offers fall/winter/spring rental opportunities for like-minded church youth groups, men's and women's groups couple and family conferences, leadership retreats and family reunions. The camp is available for both weekday and weekend use. The unique facilities stand ready for your retreat, conference, seminar, meeting or informal gathering.


Contact information

Mailing address:
12500 Prang St.
Jones, MI 49061-9061

Website: www.blbc.com

Phone: (269) 244-5193

Email: information@blbc.com


Organization details

EIN: 386088246

CEO/President: Mr. Drew Gardner

Chairman: Mr. John Beaghan

Board size: 12

Founder: Plymouth Brethren churches

Year founded: 1956

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2000


Purpose

The purpose of Bair Lake Bible Camp is to provide a a place to escape the daily rigors of life to a place of excellent programs, people and facilities, where propagating the Gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfilling the Great Commission can occur.

Bair Lake offers year round rental opportunities for like-minded church youth groups, men's and women's retreats, group rentals, etc. The camp is available for both weekday and weekend use. The unique facilities stand ready for your customized event.

Activities include:

  • Adventure Challenge Education (ACE) Unity building course
  • Four Square Volleyball Court
  • Lighted Sand Volleyball Court Basketball/Tennis Court
  • Boating on a 200-Acre Lake
  • Indoor Game Room
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Mini Golf
  • Soccer Field
  • Winter Activities
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Ice Skating
  • Lighted Tubing Hill
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • Carpet Ball
  • Climbing Tower
  • Broom Ball
  • Zip Line
  • High/Low Ropes Course
  • Double Zip Line

    Accomodations
  • RV sites with electrical hook-up
  • Farmhouse: Original renovated two-story home adapted to meet your group needs. Living area with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths. Sleeps 30.
  • Cabins: 12 cabins. Ten beds in main room, counselor quarters. Central bathhouse.
  • Lakeview Inn: Eight attractive private rooms with two double beds and bath. Attached to Lakeview Lodge. 4 persons maximum.
  • Office Complex: 3 motel rooms with one double bed and bath.
  • Sunrise Lodge: All inclusive retreat facility with 4 large dormitory style rooms, enclosed shared bath plus 4 private rooms with 1 double bed, linens and private bath. Meeting area attached making this facility a great retreat option for your group of 50.

  • Mission statement

    Bair Lake Bible Camp expresses its mission as follows:

    We exist as a launching pad for individuals impacted by Bair Lake Bible Camp to make Jesus Christ known in their community, country and world.


    Statement of faith

    Bair Lake Bible Camp uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

    • We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
    • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    • We believe that God created the universe and everything in it. The culminating work of His creative activity was the creation of human beings, male and female, who are made in His image. Therefore, from the moment of conception until natural death, human life should be cherished and protected.
    • We believe the Lord Jesus to be both truly God and truly man. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
    • We believe that every person is fallen, sinful and lost. We firmly maintain that no one is saved by an act of his own will alone. The Holy Spirit brings about the new birth and works in the soul of the sinner, convicting him of sin, repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling a Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
    • We believe that the Gospel should be proclaimed to every person on earth, and that it is the responsibility of all who hear the Gospel to repent of their sins and rebellion against God, to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and receive justification and the forgiveness of sins.
    • We believe that redemption is wholly by the blood of Christ; that salvation is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; and that every true child of God possesses eternal life and will never perish.
    • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; Those who are in Christ will receive glorified bodies and dwell forever with the Lord in Heaven. Those who are spiritually lost will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment.
    • We believe the marital relationship, instituted by God, is between one man and one woman only, and establishes the only proper pattern of sexual relations. Furthermore, we believe that gender is ordained by God and cannot be changed or altered by human will.
    • We believe that the universal church, a living organism known as the body of Christ, is composed of all believers of every age since its inception at Pentecost. We believe that Christ is the head of the church and is Himself its Savior. We believe that local churches are composed of believers in any community who assemble in Christ's name.

    Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Christian Growth

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating355 of 43033 of 46
    Fund acquisition rating204 of 43024 of 46
    Resource allocation rating298 of 43030 of 46
    Asset utilization rating424 of 43046 of 46

    Financial ratios

    Funding ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20172016201520142013
    Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total contributions
    7%7%4%2%4%9%
    Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total revenue
    6%2%2%1%2%2%
    Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
    Total contributions /
    Total revenue
    95%26%40%61%40%21%
    Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total expenses
    6%2%2%2%2%2%
    Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
    Total other revenue /
    Total revenue
    5%74%60%39%60%79%
     
    Operating ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20172016201520142013
    Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
    Program services /
    Total expenses
    82%78%77%76%76%76%
    Spending ratio Spending ratio =
    Total expenses /
    Total revenue
    99%106%80%54%83%106%
    Program output ratio Program output ratio =
    Program services /
    Total revenue
    81%83%62%41%63%81%
    Savings ratio Savings ratio =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Total revenue
    1%-6%20%46%17%-6%
    Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Net assets
    3%-2%8%28%9%-3%
    General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
    Management and general expense /
    Total expenses
    10%20%21%22%22%22%
     
    Investing ratiosMedian measure
    for all ministries
    in MW database
    20172016201520142013
    Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total assets
    1.320.330.300.300.380.43
    Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
    Total assets /
    Total current assets
    1.5320.4814.223.034.9410.99
    Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total current assets
    2.536.844.310.921.874.74
     
    Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
    for all ministries
    in MW database
    20172016201520142013
    Current ratio Current ratio =
    Total current assets /
    Total current liabilities
    9.103.092.664.844.031.58
    Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
    Total current liabilities /
    Total current assets
    0.100.320.380.210.250.63
    Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
    (Total current assets -
    Total current liabilities) /
    (Total expenses / 12)
    4.061.191.7410.314.810.93
     
    Solvency ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20172016201520142013
    Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
    Total liabilities /
    Total assets
    10%3%3%7%10%6%
    Debt ratio Debt ratio =
    Debt /
    Total assets
    0%2%0%0%0%0%
    Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
    Net assets /
    Total expenses
    64%289%321%306%237%219%

    Financials

    Balance sheet
     
    Assets20172016201520142013
    Cash$138,362$234,376$1,009,879$553,589$183,095
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$32,831$14,051$244,216$8,284$17,769
    Short-term investments$19,802$29,553$88$9,806$22,743
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$190,995$277,980$1,254,183$571,679$223,607
    Long-term investments$88,000$68,000$66,190$68,000$50,000
    Fixed assets$3,633,208$3,606,689$2,483,574$2,187,202$2,184,926
    Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total long-term assets$3,721,208$3,674,689$2,549,764$2,255,202$2,234,926
    Total assets$3,912,203$3,952,669$3,803,947$2,826,881$2,458,533
     
    Liabilities20172016201520142013
    Payables and accrued expenses$31,406$78,551$246,916$15,182$12,922
    Other current liabilities$30,408$26,071$12,345$126,561$128,796
    Total current liabilities$61,814$104,622$259,261$141,743$141,718
    Debt$75,000$0$0$0$0
    Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
    Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$142,129$0
    Total long-term liabilities$75,000$0$0$142,129$0
    Total liabilities$136,814$104,622$259,261$283,872$141,718
     
    Net assets20172016201520142013
    Unrestricted$3,626,848$3,757,191$2,666,300$2,271,415$2,203,523
    Temporarily restricted$60,541$22,856$812,196$203,594$63,292
    Permanently restricted$88,000$68,000$66,190$68,000$50,000
    Net assets$3,775,389$3,848,047$3,544,686$2,543,009$2,316,815
     
    Revenues and expenses
     
    Revenue20172016201520142013
    Total contributions$322,155$604,064$1,322,604$519,507$209,336
    Program service revenue$892,733$880,150$823,078$743,235$758,191
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$11,227$9,468($3,884)$8,547$7,185
    Other revenue$7,024$8,083$17,957$26,569$24,972
    Total other revenue$910,984$897,701$837,151$778,351$790,348
    Total revenue$1,233,139$1,501,765$2,159,755$1,297,858$999,684
     
    Expenses20172016201520142013
    Program services$1,022,432$925,923$880,287$812,924$809,707
    Management and general$260,131$249,558$251,241$237,930$229,596
    Fundraising$23,234$22,923$26,550$20,810$19,798
    Total expenses$1,305,797$1,198,404$1,158,078$1,071,664$1,059,101
     
    Change in net assets20172016201520142013
    Surplus (deficit)($72,658)$303,361$1,001,677$226,194($59,417)
    Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total change in net assets($72,658)$303,361$1,001,677$226,194($59,417)

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    History

    Established in 1957 by the Plymouth Brethren churches, Bair Lake Bible Camp has expanded to incorporate various evangelical groups in its leadership and constituency.


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