Lakeview Moves from Destination by Default to 'By Design'


Lakeview is the only Methodist Conference Center in the Texas Conference.


More than 14,000 people (640 user groups and 40 congregations) of all ages chose Lakeview for retreats, spiritual renewal, summer camps, meetings, and family celebrations in 2011.


Lakeview continues to play a significant role in developing young disciples of Jesus Christ. Last year over 4,500 youth attended camps held at Lakeview.


It would be impossible to know the number of people that have discovered their calling to full-time Christian work or started lifelong friendships, while at The Lake.


“In the past, Lakeview has been a destination by default," says Matt Idom, Lakeview Superintendent. “For generations it has been assumed that everything must take place at Lakeview. Today, there are many options for camp and meeting settings. Our overarching goal this year is to transform Lakeview into ‘a destination by design’. This means camp-wide improvements that will make Lakeview more appealing and contemporary to the needs of those who meet camp, worship, and conduct ministry here.”


The Board of Lakeview Methodist Conference Center has authorized a strategic planning process to position Lakeview to fulfill its potential for service and ministry. This follows the completion of a master plan for the 1300 beautiful acres encompassing the Lakeview campus that was prepared by Texas A&M University, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.


“The master plan is a view from the top,” Idom says. “Our Strategic Planning Team will help bring focus to priorities and enable us to move confidently into the future God has for us. We will meet with those who are responsible for the ministries that call Lakeview ‘home’ and explore the future together. Many of the facilities where we conduct camp are in poor shape. Beyond such present needs, the master plan casts an exciting vision of a Lakeview which many of us have held in our hearts for years.”


The Strategic Planning Team represents church and business leaders throughout Lakeview’s market area. Included are Bill Avera, Jacksonville, Chair, Reverend Jonathan Bynum, Lakeview Board member, Houston, Rich Lavinski, Lakeview Board member, Palestine, Laurel Ellisor, Katy, Don Walker, Shelbyville, Mattie Ordaz, Hockley, Tom Palmer, Mesquite, Dorenda and Danny Smith, Palestine, Marty Holmes, College Station, Sunday and Robert Coffman, Sugar Land, and Danny Barr, Bryan. This team will reach out to all Lakeview’s constituents for input over the next six months and report back to the Lakeview Board with a five to 10-year plan at the October 2012 meeting.  


 “More than a decade has passed since significant campus improvements were made,” says Don Strickland, Board Chair.


“While the new dining hall and other improvements contribute greatly to the Lakeview experience, we must continue to restore, repair, and replace old worn-out facilities, which do not serve our constituent needs today, and we must also create different types of facilities to meet market demands. We want to see Lakeview as the first option for all churches and facility improvements will encourage that.”


Watch for more details and an opportunity to participate through an on-line survey developed by Lakeview’s Strategic Planning Team. The Strategic Planning Team and Lakeview’s Board and leaders covet your prayers during this important time of discernment.