Who We Are

Music and Worship

Our Vision

To see disciples whose music-making reflects Jesus.

Our Mission

To provide biblical training and resources in music and worship for the everyday Anabaptist.

Core Values

God-honoring, theologically sound music

Enduring, engaged, authentic congregational music

Instructors who are aligned with these values

Giving our best in music and worship

Varied music appropriate to all facets of community and life

Education that supports the local church body

Accessible music that encourages growth in singers and audience

Collaboration of instructors and students in seeking God-honoring music

New music informed by the best of henturies of musical heritage

Where We Are

Central

Our central office is located in the center of Harrisonburg, VA. From there, we coordinate our PermaCamps, Mobile Camps, resource development, and all the other things we do.

Camps

PermaCamps are in Harrisonburg, VA, Holmes County, OH, and Hawkesville, ON. We have held mobile camps throughout the U.S. and Canada, including in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, and two communities in Alberta.

Online

We have a growing online presence, including our website, YouTube channel, Sing for Joy curriculum, and other online resources, which are available for people regardless of location.

Who We Serve

Churches

Our goal: We envision congregations deeply engaged in worship through scripture, singing, and prayer, who are becoming like Jesus through regularly hearing the story of God and responding in repentance, praise, and obedience.

What we’re doing:

  • Providing Mobile Camps and MiniCamps to bring instruction right into individual church communities.
  • Providing Draw Near, a curriculum to teach hymn-singing.
  • Providing Into His Presence, a songbook for worship.
  • Surveying worship practices and needs so that we can help where most needed.

Schools

Our goal: We envision schools whose graduates understand music, sing in church, and have the tools to participate in healthy community music-making. Students are brought to this place by school boards and administrators who understand why God gave his people music, and by teachers who are skilled in teaching music.

What we’re doing:

Families

Our goal: We envision families who sing together, and who sort wisely through issues that confront them concerning music and media.

What we’re doing:

  • Offering a range of opportunities for adults and children at our Perma Camps. Family packages are available at Ontario and Virginia.
  • Providing articles and resources on subjects including family worship and teaching children.
  • Publishing a children’s songbook.

Individuals

Our goal: We envision Christians who have the musical skills needed to worship God in the ways he has given us, who honor God through musical choices in daily life, and who offer themselves in love to Christ and his church.

What we’re doing:

  • Hosting Perma Camps in Ohio, Ontario, and Virginia to provide individuals with an experience of instruction and growth.
  • Publishing online articles and resources and YouTube videos to provide inspiration and instruction.
  • Sending updates on our work and regular thought-provoking and educational articles in our quarterly newsletter. You can sign up for our mailing list here.

Our Communities

Shenandoah Christian Music Camp was started with a focus on serving conservative Anabaptist communities. We don’t confine ourselves to benefitting only Anabaptists, and we hope to serve the church as a whole, but in general we do so by strengthening the music and worship of our communities.

Anabaptism is not a single denomination or a church group. It is in fact quite diverse and includes many different church groups with similar historical roots and perspectives. These churches originated in Europe during the Reformation as a distinct, non-centralized movement that was neither Catholic nor Protestant in theology or practice. The movement, called by some the “Radical Reformation,” emphasizes lived obedience to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. 

Some groups that we tend to serve are various groups of Mennonites, Beachy, Amish, River Brethren, Charity, Brethren, Kleine Gemeinde, and unaffiliated Anabaptist churches. We serve individuals from non-Anabaptist churches as well.

Get Involved!

We are supported by donations from

 

  • A variety of conservative Anabaptist churches across North America
  • Generous individuals who believe in meaningful congregational worship

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