A Discussion for their Biblical/Theological Basis and An Investigation of Their Problems
by Charles Nutt, President, Sebring Holiness Camp Meeting

In the Spring of 1995, I conducted a survey of 70 camp meetings leaders, evangelists, denominational leaders, and scholars involved with holiness camp meetings. The questionnaire consisted of five questions:

  1. Do you believe there is a unique biblical/theological basis for "doing" camp meeting?  If so, what is it?

  2. What do you believe the purpose of camp meetings to be as we enter the 21st century?

  3. What, in your opinion, is the relationship of the holiness camp meeting to the holiness move-ment, and holiness denominations, today?

  4. What is distinctive about our camp meetings, as a means of holiness evangelism, as opposed to our local holiness churches?

  5. What is the greatest problem facing holiness camp meetings today?

Here is a link to a fascinating article and memoir about Fetter's Grove Camp Meeting near Elkhart Indiana.

The article is an Acrobat pdf file, so it may take a while to load.  It's worth the wait, though.  You can read the article here.  

For a man to succeed at all, he has got to make the best use possible of what sense he has; it is impossible for him to use the sense that he hasn’t. 

That may be turning the thing around and putting it in a different light.  If we had the other man’s mind, or gift of speech, or strong, healthy body, or the other man’s good, fine, full face, we could get along better; but we have to succeed just with ourselves, just as we are. 

You may be like myself, one eye a little larger than the other, a little bit crossed you know, and you may have a very poor delivery. 

It may be that you lisp.

Here's a very nice article on the web log of the Independent Holiness Churches of memories of camp meeting.  Well worth reading!

by Keith Drury 

It's hard to "hold your own" as a camp meeting anymore. From what I have observed, camp meetings are either flourishing or they are dying out. In some districts they have already disappeared completely. In other districts they are holding on by the skin of their teeth, and in a few they are flourishing and even growing. But even where they are growing they face increasing opposition and lack of support. Some churches become "client churches" while other churches completely ignore the camp, and even try to close it down.

Why are camps having trouble in some districts? I don't have the answers. But after 23 years straight, speaking at several camps per summer, I'll venture a few possibilities. Here are some of the factors influencing decline in the camp meeting in my opinion:

Here's a fascinating article on the Rock Spring Camp Meeting near Denver, North Carolina. 

Here's another article from the Wikipedia on the Holiness Movement that makes interesting reading. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiness_movement  

The always interesting Wikipedia has an article on camp meetings here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_meeting 

Here's an interesting article from the Georgia Encyclopedia about the history of the camp meeting movement. 

http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?path=/Religion/HistoricalEventsMovements&id=h-759