As most of you have already heard Jenness Park has announced closing and selling the camp property.
Steps are being taken for possibility of saving Jenness Park.
Continue to pray for Jenness and their employees.
Update June 1, 2020
Our Ex Bd acts on the CVBA finance team proposal for Jenness Park Friday night and we begin coordinating with other SBC associations of Central CA to conduct a fund raising campaign through our churches. During this time a board will be formed to oversee and guide the operations of Jenness—beyond this board we will be asking for many different kinds of volunteers to become involved. We do not kid ourselves, the only way this can happen is through & by God—thank you and do please keep up the praying.
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Update as of May 29, 2020
Thanks sincerely for your prayers in behalf of the finance team: they met for 2 ½ hours today and voted unanimously to make recommendation to our executive board that we move forward for us (all sister SBC associations who want to participate) to acquire Jenness. Our aim is not equal financial gifts, but equal commitment and sacrifice.
As soon as our Ex Bd is able to meet and act on this (if the recommendation is approved) the CVBA finance team work with the sister participating association finance teams to work together a coordinated loan elimination & operations funding strategy. They will get out to all churches a donations plan. A new Jenness Park board will be made up of all participating associations of the committed, gifted people needed.
Here is what has taken place in the last 2-3 days:
We got word yesterday afternoon, and received additional assurance today, the state convention is willing to turn over operations of Jenness Park to another SBC group in the state if they will assume responsibility for the indebtedness of the $1.4 million. This is a huge blessing and encouragement from God that we have this opportunity to a just and fair dealing with one another as Southern Baptist family.
You have learned about so much of this in your associations, but we praise God for the many, many people offering to serve at Jenness Park in volunteer capacities to allow our seeing a continued ministry of evangelism and discipleship go forward there through our churches and their usages of the camp.
The Finance Team of the Central Valley Baptist association has arranged a meeting with Marc Tempesta and Dr. Agee next Wednesday to gain additional understanding and information on the expenditures and incomes of Jenness Park: Samantha Garcia, who worked as Ministry Administrative Assistant at Jenness Park from around 2006-2008, has been communicating with Barry Lloyd in helping us put together the financial picture of the past and what the future could look like.
Former Jenness Park staffers Jeremy and Nicole Angeles have been extensively researching files and talking with Jenness workers (past and present) to understand the matters of past agreements with the Baptist District Camp (made up of Delta Valley, Mother Lode, and Central Valley associations), the former family cabins at Jenness and their lease agreements, and how these agreements being changed over the years and how the 2008 septic system requiring the $1.6 million loan from the Cal Baptist Foundation—how all these have tended a culture change and what this has meant to the fiscal picture of Jenness. This is relevant and useful to drawing up a future plan of operating Jenness in the black and hopefully seeing more churches utilize Jenness in their annual strategies for evangelism and discipleship.
We are clearly realizing a need for a new governance board practice for Jenness Park’s overall health and well-being (Jason Mahill, CSBC EB member shared this afternoon this idea was already being discussed by the CSBC Executive Board before the Corona Virus triggered the action taken by the board last Thursday to vote to close and sell Jenness). If the collective facts can help us see that Jenness can be operated in a way to keep the camp’s finances in the black and even give hope that it could be done in a way which could allow more churches to participate in utilizing the camp, we will seek to coordinate a fund raising effort among all our central California SBC associations. We would certainly welcome anyone to give but we realize the usage and benefits of the camps would primarily appeal the churches of the central part of our state. We would anticipate the new board governance being made up of members from these SBC associations. (LifeWay has expressed their firm intent to continue Centrifuge and CentriKid camps at Jenness.)
The aim is for Jenness Park and its future is to be a collaborative work of the above associations (the CVBA feels a responsibility because the camp was donated to the CSBC from this association in 1953 and there is verbiage in the 1969 CSBC convention annual that if Jenness were to be sold, they would talk with us if we had desire to purchase the properties): what we want, along with you, is for God to be honored and allowed to control, guide, and direct all of us into what He is wanting to do with Jenness. For it to be “saved” and grow even more fruitful for the Kingdom, it will mean all we do—doing it all for Him and no flesh being expressed so the Spirit of God can lead and bless us: “....for the people worked with all their heart” (Neh. 4:6).
Nicole Angeles may be contacting some of you for additional Jenness Park information which you might have. She has also offered to help us with coordinating a funding campaign to retire the loan debt, if the research leads us to a solid plan for healthy future Jenness operations.
Thanks to each of you for your prayers over this and your encouraging those you lead and serve with, to pray. This will be the only way of finding our future for Jenness and our doing it like Nehemiah 3.