Disciples News Service

Blue Theology ministry outgrowth of locale, sense of mission

underwater scuba diverThe earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for the Lord has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. — Psalm 24

By Rev. Dan Paul

The Blue Theology Mission Station operates through The Christian Church of Pacific Grove, California with a simple mission statement: to provide learning/serving experiences in Ocean stewardship. With floor space for 30 air mattresses, two showers, four restrooms, plenary spaces, and a functional kitchen the program runs 8-10 youth groups per year through a 5-day program.

Ten years ago, after reading Dick Hamm’s book 20/20 Vision which encouraged congregations to move from a parish to mission station model, the church elders launched a program that allowed the church’s coastal location to provide ministry for the wider church.

clean up volunteers on beachThe program expands a little every year because of the life-changing experiences Blue Theology groups have reported and because of the growing participation by the congregation. Most visiting groups are treated to an intergenerational BBQ potluck with the congregation. February is now “Blue Theology Month” when members of the congregation get to do some of the hands on events that the youth groups enjoy like sand crab data collection and a meditative tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

There are still a few opening for the Summer of 2016. Visit bluetheology.com for more information about bringing your youth group for a 5-day learning/serving experience or your adult/family group for a one- or two-day pilgrimage.