Positive Alternative Radio (PAR) hosted an engaging and fun-filled “Summer Camp” for its team members this week in Blacksburg, Virginia on the campus of Virginia Tech. The event officially kicked off on Monday, July 18 and concluded at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 20; however, nearly every team member came a day early to take part in an evening of bowling, food, and fellowship on Sunday.
The media ministry, which is headquartered in Blacksburg, brought in more than 50 team members and six guests to its first major in-person event since January of 2020. The event was designed to inject the PAR team with a solid dose of inspiration.
“While there is no cure for COVID-19, we may have found a way to treat the isolation and loneliness caused by the lingering effects of the global pandemic,” said Executive Vice President Brian Sanders. “For two and a half years, we were unable to get together and really connect—you can only do so much team building on Zoom.”
PAR invited rising CCM and worship artist Lydia Laird and pastor, author, and speaker Barnabas Piper to the event to be a part of its “Summer Camp” formula. Laird provided a soulful, organic worship experience. Piper, who is also Assistant Pastor at Immanuel Nashville, led a riveting three-day biblical teaching on Ecclesiastes.
Throughout the camp, Sanders spoke on the importance of having a winning and engaged culture. He challenged PAR team members to inspire one another, to dig deep, to reconnect with one another during the event, and to continue these things on into the future.
Other speakers included social media maven Lori Lewis and on-air fundraising consultant David Harms. A variety of PAR team members also presented on topics designed to sharpen skills and rally around the group’s mission, which states:
We will change the world by creating and delivering experiences that inspire people to live passionately for Jesus Christ.
PAR President Eddie Baker also spoke at “Summer Camp.” He reminded the team to think outside the box and be bold with new ideas.
“The world needs the right kind of crazy,” said Baker.
In addition to speakers and special guests, PAR’s “Summer Camp” featured games and activities that gave team members the opportunity to let their hair down. On Monday evening the group gathered and worshipped together at Sinkland Farms, a scenic festival and wedding venue in neighboring Christiansburg, Virginia. On Tuesday evening, the team enjoyed a catered, lakeside barbecue at Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin, Virginia.
“It has been said that culture eats strategy for breakfast,” noted Sanders. “By gathering our team together we renew friendships, build connections, and help prevent the silos and divisions that destroy organizations. The culture you get is the culture you create; at PAR, we invest in our team because they work hard and deserve a great culture.”
The entire PAR team will gather again in January 2023 for its annual Vision Week event.