Coronavirus pandemic-related financial challenges played a key role in the decision, said BAGBR Director of Missions Tommy Middleton. While the camp will not be available for all camps, retreats and other activities for the foreseeable future after April 30, events already scheduled before that date will take place.
Camp director Justin Busby will remain on staff, and a task force will be formed to study Judson Baptist Retreat Center’s future.
Seeking a new direction
The task force will report its findings during the BAGBR Annual Meeting in October,” Middleton said.
“Hopefully, they will be able to bring forward an approach and direction for the center that will result in a new direction, reimagined and reinvigorated for 2023 and beyond,” Middleton wrote on the camp’s website. “Your prayers and input for the task force will be needed and appreciated. Within the next few weeks when the task force has been fully formed, we will be releasing the names of this team.
“Finally, we, as the churches of the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, have the stewardship of this wonderful ministry, and our support in the using and funding of our camp is essential and critical for its continuation.”