Caring for Your Soul: Clergy Retreat

All Region Clergy and friends are invited to some time away at Camp Tamarack from Sunday, January 29th, in the evening, through Tuesday, January 31st, 2pm

The purpose of our time together is to provide space for clergy post-holidays to relax, rest, and seek spiritual direction or coaching should they desire it.

Tentative Schedule:

Sunday, January 29th: arrive any time after 6pm to Basile Lodge. No dinner will be provided, but snacks will be available. Games, puzzles, hot cocoa—arrive and settle in.

Monday, January 30th:

Breakfast: 8 a.m. in John Gray

Morning Session: 9 a.m. in John Gray

Personal Devotional/Journal activity: “What is it that I need right now? What does the Holy Spirit speak to me?”

10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Break

11a.m.-12 p.m. Presentation on Spiritual Direction and Coaching

—What is the difference between spiritual direction, coaching, and therapy

Lunch: 12 p.m.

Afternoon Options: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sign up for a 1:1 session (45 minutes) for Care of the Soul.

Go ice fishing (weather permitting)

Board games or puzzles


Craft Time

Resource Table

Read a book, do what you want on your own.

Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Evening worship 7-7:30 p.m.

7:30 – on: Free time, snacks/S’mores, etc

Tuesday, January 31st

Breakfast 8 a.m.

Morning Options 9 a.m.-11 a.m. (same as before)

Closing Worship 11 a.m.

Lunch 12 p.m.

Option to remain for the afternoon or to return home.


Cost for participants: $35 meals only, $135 per person for single room in Basile, $85 per person for double in Basile or John Gray (overflow only)

Register here

Any questions on the retreat, please contact Mindi or Sean. Any questions on the facility please contact Carolyn.

Financial Workshop – October 29

Financial Workshop for Church Treasurers and Finance Committees

Saturday, October 29 – 9:30 am

[at the Region office or online]

  • Do you know what reporting the IRS expects from your church?
  • Are you confident the church financials would stand up to an IRS audit?
  • Are you confident the church is handling financial items the right way?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, you will want to take advantage of this Financial Workshop, to be held on October 29. Church Treasurers and Financial Committees are welcome to come together as tax professional and experienced church treasurer Becky Holl offers clear guidance on all the best practices and details to be sure that you are being wise and faithful with the finances of the church.

Please register by clicking HERE.


INTERNAL Financial Communication:

  • Recording income and expenses
  • Reporting/general accounting
    • To congregation
    • To government
  • Developing a budget
  • Separation of duties

EXTERNAL Financial Communication:

  • Payroll for staff & pastor
  • Reporting to state/federal agencies
    • Income Tax Withholding
    • Social Security & Medicare Taxes
    • Housing and benefits
      • Social Security Offset?
    • Properly preparing W-2
    • All proper forms (941, W-3, W-2, 1099-NEC, W-4, I-9, WT-6, WT-7)



Celebrate, Collaborate, Create! A Pre-Holiday Retreat for Ministers

November 10-12, 2022 (Thursday evening through Saturday morning)
Camp Tamarack
E879 Golke Road
Waupaca WI 54981

All clergy/pastoral leaders are invited to a time of respite and renewal as we prepare for the holidays. We’ll have time to rest, worship together, share our traditions of Advent, Christmas, Watch Night and other celebrations, share resources for sermon and worship planning, and have our own holiday festivities before the busy-ness of the season arrives.

$125 single room at Basile,  $75 per person w/roommate at Basile or $75 person in the John Gray  (covers 2 nights lodging, meals all day Friday and breakfast on Saturday)
Friday Meals Only (no lodging): $25

Scholarships Available: click on Clergy and Seminarian Grants/Scholarships.

Registration Deadline October 31st here

Adaptive Change: Responding to Volatile Times = Recording Now Available!

Adaptive Change – Thursday, August 11 @ 7pm

Recording of the session available here on YouTube.

Churches have been challenged by circumstances well beyond our control in the past couple of years. The changes we’ve gone through in our efforts to be church during a pandemic have been, among other things, frightening, thrilling, invigorating, and frustrating. We’ve all gone through changes. But discerning which changes will be lasting and integrating those changes into our future are important tasks to which we’ve all been called. The change of volatile times can be an opportunity for renewal.

Reshaping Church is a Lilly funded program collaboration between Central Baptist Theological Seminary and Pinnacle Leadership Associates. Some of our region churches have participated in this program that helps provide space and skills for that discernment and integration. This event on Thursday, August 11 will highlight the concept at the core of the program, “Adaptive Change.” We’re calling it Adaptive Change: Responding to Volatile Times. Rev. Dr. Ircel Harrison of Pinnacle Leadership Associates will outline an introduction to the idea, and churches will have the opportunity to share some of the changes they’ve discerned and integrated into their current vision for ministry. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. The goal of the event is for churches to encourage and to be encouraged by one another.

The event will take place on Zoom. You can REGISTER for a link HERE.


Ircel+H+Promo+Pic+cropped.jpgRev. Dr. Ircel Harrison is Coaching Coordinator for Pinnacle Leadership Associates and Supplemental Associate Professor of Missional Theology at Central Seminary (Shawnee, KS). “This is a pivotal time for church,” observes Ircel. “Changes in culture and society provide us not only with challenges but with new opportunities to engage in Kingdom work.” Individuals, congregations, and not-for-profit organizations find Ircel to be an able companion as they engage their ministry contexts. Ircel provides coaching, consulting, and training as a Pinnacle Associate, while also serving as Coaching Coordinator.



Authentic Diversity event by Underwood

On Saturday, March 5, 2022, Underwood Memorial Baptist Church hosted our first event supported by the New Wineskin Events Grant called Authentic Diversity. Authentic Diversity was an online event in partnership with Rhonda Hill of Race and Faith, Emerald Mills of Diverse Dining, and the Wisconsin Council of Churches. Fifty registrants gathered for just over three hours. We began with a grounding worship service. We then learned about the difference between working as an “actor,” an “ally,” or an “accomplice” in racial justice work. We spent time in small groups digesting what we were learning and ended the day with a panel that included local activists, political leaders, and clergy. All in all, it was a great day and was appreciated by all involved.

Thank you to the Finance Committee and the New Wineskins grant for making it possible. We will begin planning our next event in the coming months.

Camp Dates for Programming 2022

Camp Tamarack is pleased to announce the dates for this summer:

Sr. High (just finished 9-12 grade): June 12-18

Jr. High (just finished 7-8 grade): June 19-25

Junior (just finished 5-6 grade): June 26-July 2

Grandily Camp (for families and anyone over 18 that wants to attend): July 3-6

Kayak/Canoe Camp: July 8-10

Middler (just finished 3-4 grade): July 10-16

Primary (just finished 1-2 grade): July 10-13

Reunion Camp: July 29-31

There will also be a project “week” camp where you can come help us work on a project or two – week and projects are TBD and info will be added as we know more.

We are assessing our COVID protocols for the summer, but it appears that we may be close to running camps “normally” while keeping a few of our enhanced processes such as quarantining anyone who has symptoms and sending them home, plus we will be keeping up our current cleaning regimen.

Registration will open in April and we will be encouraging on-line registration and payment again.

If there are any questions, please let Carolyn know: or 715-281-2269.

Looking forward to a great season!

Ice Fishing at Camp Tamarack – Feb 12th, 2022

You are invited to join us at Camp Tamarack on Saturday, Feb 12th for a day of ice fishing! If you have your own equipment, come on up and set up for a fun day on the ice. If you don’t have equipment and want to try or see what it is all about, come on up and we will get you started.

There will be a campfire on the shore to keep warm, plus we will have a lunch available for $5/person.

All you need to do is email Carolyn at to let us know you are coming and you can either pay for your meal on line at or bring $5 the day of the event.

Looking forward to spending some time in God’s creation!

(Picture was taken on Jan 22, 2022 at Camp Tamarack during a break from the Winter Youth Retreat – photo of Patrick Lehman and photo credit to Caleb Patrie 🙂 )

It's Time to Camp!

It’s Time for Spring Into Camp!

Spring has sprung at YOUR Camp Tamarack!

We have four work days planned for getting the camp ready for the upcoming summer season, and we need your help. After a long layoff where many facilities were not used in 2020, we have a lot of sprucing up to do before the campers can use the camp.

Contact Carolyn at 715-281-2269/ or  Kim at 715-281-7816/

We hope to see you here!


Summer 2021 Camp dates

Tentative camp dates have been set for this summer – please note we will finalize all dates two months prior to the camp as we watch CDC data and work with health officials.

Sr High – completed 9-12th grade June 20-23
Jr High – completed 7th/8th grade June 23-26
Primary – completed 1st/2nd grade June 27 – 30
Middler – completed 3rd/4th grade June 27-30
Grandily – All ages June 30-July 3
Junior – completed 5th/6th grade July 4-7

Set aside Thursday, May 13 through Sunday, May 16 NOW for Spring Into Camp 2021 — and get to praying that we will actually have an on-site camping season at Camp Tamarack in 2021!