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.

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.

November 2014 | A Note From Kevin

Kevin Relyea 002I am very thankful to report that it has been a great life changing summer in Idyllwild!

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, investment, and support. We know that what ‘Idyllwild Pines’ is called to do, cannot be done without God’s leading, blessing, power, and people.

Many of you have joined with us through prayer and by investing your time and treasure. Due to your involvement, Camp continues to be a place where people get close enough to God’s “invisible attributes”, as revealed in creation, to sense the reality of His presence and hear His voice speaking truth to them in love.IMG_0851

In just 12 weeks, from the end of May to Aug 23, we were blessed to experience 19,745 camper days at Idyllwild Pines. During that time, Jesus was lifted up, and many campers made significant, life changing decisions about their relationship with God.

Camp does not happen unless God connects hearts, like yours, to His mission and moves you to get involved. That is why we thank Him often for you and for our staff and for our Board of Directors. That is why we report to you today that, “God is good.”

Kevin Relyea

Idyllwild Pines’ Executive Director 2014

Encounter: 924 Highlights: Week #10

Encounter924logo_redux_1August 4, 2014 – August 9th, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week.

Leadership Training with Kevin Relyea 

Kevin Relyea discussed with Encounter students about the importance of measuring performance. Relyea shared that one reason why leaders fail to know if they are leading effectively is due to their failure to measure results. If one cannot measure the performance of a team how can anyone answer the question of the leadership framework: How do we know if we are on track?tape-measure

Relyea challenged the students by asking “Can you measure spiritual growth”. Encounter student Sam Scott, 24, stated, “Yes, through the fruits of the spirit”. Numerous students had different key performance indicators, but the key point that Relyea was making was that leaders need to get in the habit of measuring performance, assessing methods, and evaluating results. The moment leaders believe the lie, “I can’t measure how well we are doing”, is the moment the team or organization becomes unaccountable and aimless in their efforts. Relyea expressed that the God we serve is a God that measures. The Almighty is perfectly just and weighs each of our offerings and doings, therefore, we should measure our performance and evaluate our own growth. Continue reading

Encounter: 924 Highlights: Week #8


July 20th, 2014 – July 27th, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week.

Back to the Future Movie Night

back_to_the_future2On Sunday, July 20th, Encounter students and staff enjoyed a 80s classic movie, Back to the Future, at Kevin Relyea’s house.  Some of the Encounter students have never seen this movie, so it was a real treat for them!

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Encounter:924 Highlights:Week #2

June 9th, 2014 – June 13, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week!

Leadership Session #2 with Kevin Relyea – Leadership Framework

Last week, Encounter students learned what questions need to be asked when leading a group of people. Relyea introduced the questions through a hands on activity. The activity involved splitting the Encounter students into two groups. Each group had the same scenario: Family Road trip. Relyea asked the groups to brainstorm essential questions they would ask  themselves in order to make the road trip a successful. At the end of the activity, each group had a list of questions. The point of the activity was to introduce the Leadership Framework. Relyea explains that leading a group is like planning and leading a family road trip. The Leadership Framework consists of 10 questions that enable one to clarify a group’s, an organization’s, or a family’s goal, and what means will it take to reach the goal.


The first question is “Where are we?” Leaders need to ask themselves and their team “where are we physically, geographically, spiritually, mentality, psychologically, and emotionally”. Leaders need to understand the condition of the group before attempting to go somewhere. Relyea emphasized that there are questions that need to be asked and answered to establish a clear journey ahead. Encounter student, Justin Peek, 19, commented “There are questions that need to be answered before starting a journey”. Relyea forewarned Encounter students that the Leadership Framework will get you feedback from the group you are trying to lead, but you will encounter people that will not want to participate in the journey. William Lovett, 16, said he learned that “You can get people somewhere, but you can’t make them do it”.

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Encounter:924 Highlights: Week #1

Encounter924logo_redux_1June 3, 2014 – June 6, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Encounter 924 students started their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week! Encounter week #1   Continue reading

Eighth Grade Service Retreat


On the morning of May 29th, 2014, eighth-graders from Vineyard Christian School in Anaheim, California arrived to Idyllwild Pines Camp for their Service Retreat. Their leader, Jim Wilkerson, brought the group here to the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains to experience God’s stillness, nature and service.

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Verse of the Day

Matthew 28:7

Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.