WHAT IS OMA?
OMA is the Outdoor Ministries Association of the Church of the Brethren. The Mission of OMA is to 'Connect, enliven and support the dynamic ministries of the Church of the Brethren Camps'. Toward completing this mission OMA provides for the 28 Church of the Brethren camps, their employees, OMA Friends and the general membership of the Church of the Brethren:
The OMA Board consists of ten members: three camp directors, two associate camp staff person, one theologian, one district executive, two volunteers, a representative of the denomination and the treasurer. Committee members, except for the district executive and denominational representative, serve three-year terms.
There is no limit to the number of terms a committee member may serve. Committee Members may not serve more than two consecutive terms, except for the Treasurer, who is ex officio. The terms of the committee members are staggered so that not more than three members' terms expire in any one year. The representative for the district executives is appointed by the Church of the Brethren's Council of District Executives annually. The denominational representative is appointed by the Congregational Life Team Office.
The Steering Committee has at least three business meetings each year: one in the spring, one in the fall and one in November at the Annual OMA Retreat. The Steering Committee may call special meetings if the need arises.
The Steering Committee will present a slate of interested nominees for open Steering Committee positions at the November OMA Business Meeting held during the Annual OMA Retreat. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the Meeting. OMA Members vote on the slate at the November OMA Business Meeting.
The Steering Committee oversees:
You can find out more about the story of our camps and our association in the book Kum Ba Yah which you can purchase here.