1 Corinthians 13 is More Than a Common Wedding Verse


Relevant Magazine published an article titled The 1 Corinthians ‘Love Chapter’ Isn’t Just For Weddings. Author, Aaron Ross, explains that the “Love Chapter” teaches us more about God and how we should be as Christ followers. Ross’s analysis of the “Love Chapter” aim is to steer Christians to understand that these verses are not only relevant to people in relationship, but is an example on how we should treat others. Ross discusses that God is Love, and in 1 Corinthians 13.”Love Chapter” the Apostle Paul is explaining the true nature of God. Ross goes on to explain that Paul in Ephesians writes to the Church of Ephesus to intimated God in reference to how He is in 1 Corinthians 13.

If you thought 1 Corinthians 13 was only for weddings and people in relationships; you are missing an important lesson. God is Love and in 1 Corinthians 13, it explains how He loves you and how we should love others, even our enemies.

IPCC Ladies take a “Day-cation” at Oak Glen


Group Photo: Rosa, Cathy, Marjie, Bianca, Kara, Nancy, Rochelle, Maura, Maria.

October 2nd, 2014 - Oak Glen, CA - The Idyllwild Pines’ ladies took a day to relax and bond. Their destination of choice was Oak Glen. Why Oak Glen? Oak Glen is full of thriving apple farms, beautiful trees, fresh air, unique shops and apple donuts.

All of the ladies enjoyed apple picking at Riley’s Farm;  picking an apple from a tree was a new experience for some. In addition to apple picking, the ladies tried new fruit jams, apple donuts. and apple cider at Snow-Line Orchard.  At lunch the ladies headed to Oak Tree Village. The ladies enjoyed home-style foods and home-style hospitality at  Apple Annie’s Restaurant and Bakery .IMG_0879

Overall, the ladies had a lot of fun and learned more about each other outside of the everyday busy camp life.


Two Families Continue Camp Tradition for Children

The Caldwell Family and Kerschner Family are back for the 3rd consecutive year to help Idyllwild Pines with maintenance projects around the camp. IMG_0821

The Caldwell family and the Kerschner family are originally from Paso Robles, and after sometime, both families made the move to Southern California. The two families have become close friends over the years; raising their children together and doing fun activities together.

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6 Steps to Help You Overcome Challenges In Your Ministry

Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center (IPCC) is a ministry and understands the challenges we face being a Christian organization aiming to help people be reconciled to God. Churchleader.com published an article titled, 6 Steps to Help You Overcome Challenges in Your church leaderMinistry. The article comments that “challenges only grow and get more complicated when we push them aside; we need to start confronting them systematically”.

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How Connecting With God is Different For Everyone

Idyllwild Pines, nestled in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains, is a perfect place to get away from the noise of the city and “connect with God”. But what does “connecting with God” really look like? Is it sitting quietly and thinking, or is it worshiping with reckless abandoned? It can be, but it is different for everyone. Idyllwild Pines believes that “connecting with God” can be done through worship, prayer, quiet reflection, high ropes activities, paintball, hiking, playing an instrument, volunteering, and other activities.  Relevant Magazine published an article titled, What Does It Actually Mean to “Connect to God”, which aims to explain how “connecting with God” looks different in each of our lives. Article author, Jimmy Fabrizio, urges us all that “We have to get used to the idea that there are a million different ways to spend time with God, to hear His voice, to draw near to Him”. God made us like no other person, blessing us with different gifts and through them we can tap into hearing His voice, His promise, His glory, and His will.



Encounter:924 Experience Impacts Next Generation

We are very thankful for how we were able to see God at work in the lives of so many this summer at the camp, especially in our new ENCOUNTER:924 experience.

Developed at Idyllwild Pines Camp, ENCOUNTER:924 is a unique, multidimensional, summer experience that gives students (who we call Cohorts) the opportunity to develop a significant leadership advantage to increase their capability and their confidence. It empowers them to live purposefully, to lead confidently, and to make a greater positive impact in every life context; whether in their Career, Marriage, Parenting, Ministry or Community.

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New Operations Director Brings Talent and Experience

kelly portraitIdyllwild, CA, September 2, 2014 – Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center (IPCC) is thrilled to announce that Kelly Schlenz has decided to join our team as Director of Operations. Kelly graduated from Azusa Pacific University (APU) with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership. Prior to joining our team Kelly spent 8 years as a very successful Resident Director and Program Coordinator at APU. One of his key passions as Program Coordinator was planning and organizing APU’s annual “Walk About” experience, which has developed an industry reputation as one of the most impactful leadership development programs of its’ type in the country. Kelly has always had a connection to IPCC. He is the 3rd generation “Schlenz” to join the IPCC staff. His great grandfather, Earnest Schlenz volunteered as a grounds keeper at the camp. And his grandfather, Walt Schlenz, and father, Paul Schlenz, both held the position of Executive Director for a combined 50 years.  Kelly grew up at Idyllwild Pines and now, he has his very own family living in the same house he grew up in. kellyHe says, “The fact that my kids are playing in the room I played in as a kid, is exciting! I’m definitely very happy to see my kids grow up in the place that has meant so much to my life and to have them experiencing, as I did, all that God is doing at the camp”. Kelly is passionate about the mission and the vision of IPCC. He commented, “working with the staff and so many youth who visit, at a place that has such a significant opportunity to impact lives for Christ, just being part of that; excites me!” As Operations Director Kelly will have the very important role of leading his team to create an experience for our guests that allows them to rest and have fun, worry free, for a few days and connect with all that God has planned for them while they are here. Idyllwild Pines welcomes Kelly, his wife Pamela, sons Brayden and Kyler, and daughter Naiya to our team. We are already thankful for the positive impact their contributions have made and we look forward with great expectation to all that God will do in and through them while Kelly is serving at Idyllwild Pines Camp.

Encounter•924 (Summer Leadership Program)



Encounter: 924 is an intensive, world class, life training experience facilitated by Kevin Relyea, a “Fortune 500” CEO, Pastor and International Church Planter and led by some of the most successful leaders in ministry, business and the professions.

Encounter: 924 will uniquely and significantly help prepare YOU for a life set apart in your families, careers, communities and churches.

Encounter: 924 will focus on student development in three key disciplines:

I. Spiritual Growth Development                         

Goal: Inspire and empower our students to treasure and emulate Jesus such that they in turn inspire and empower others to do the same.  (Help them continue becoming disciples who make disciples)

II. Leadership Skills                                                    

Goal: Empower our students with leadership skills they will get nowhere else; a unique biblical take on leadership to help them become the great Leaders they are “born-again” to be in their marriages, families, careers, communities and churches.   

 III. Life Skills

Goal: Provide our students with a set of key life skills that will enable them to better make the transition from college to significant career, family, and community impact.

Encounter:924 is Accepting Applications for Summer 2015!!!
Join our team by filling out an application!
 Encounter 924 Application

2014 Guest speaker Roster and Highlights!