Mission Statement: Shiloh Park exists to win children, youth, men, and women to Christ, and also, through a variety of programs, to provide a safe environment for discipleship, Chrisitian growth for developing church leadership, and for modeling the values of the Christ life.
During war time when resources for Kingdom work were limited, a vision for ministry and church growth had caught throughout the Northern Indiana District. The growth of the district was exciting but was becoming too much for one district superintendent to lead effectively. As a result, on Wednesday morning, August 19, 1942, during District Assembly, a motion was to divide into two districts, one to be called the Northwestern Indiana District and the other the Fort Wayne District.
Only a year after the districts were divided, the opportunity came for the Fort Wayne District to purchase a campground from the Methodist Protestant Church which had owned the property since 1875. The campground was purchased through sacrifice and named Shiloh Park. Soon after this, the district office was moved to the campground at Marion, the name of the district changed to the Northeastern Indiana District, and the campground became known as the Northeastern Indiana District Campground. The campground was a seasonal facility and served the district throughout the following years, hosting its District Assemblies, Camp Meetings, and Summer Camps for the children and youth.
In 1999, the decision was made to upgrade the campground with the goal of year-round use. Through the combination of funds from a loan, a significant donation from a church on the district, and a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. work began to build new lodging and to renovate the property. During the grant writing process, it was discovered that the original name of the camp waws Shiloh Park, and so a new era began for the campground, now known as Shiloh Park Retreat & Conference Center.
Today, Shiloh Park ministers throughout the year to not only the Northeastern Indiana District Church of the Nazarene, but also to guest groups from churches of several denominations, community groups and universities. The mission statement motivating our ministry today insures that the Kingdom work begun in 1942.
These are the beliefs the Church of the Nazarene hold to be true:
We believe in one God - The Father, Son and Holy Spirit
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian Living.
We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.
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