Described in a local newspaper as one of Michigan’s best-kept secrets, the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference is held every fall on the campus of the Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference. This land was purchased over one hundred years ago as grounds for a local church’s camp meeting. Today, the grounds are still focused on building God’s kingdom in those who come for special events or simply to vacation with purpose.
Some of the regular summer events at the Maranatha conference grounds include a week set aside for Joni and Friends Ministry. Families and children with special needs from around the country gather to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Lake Michigan shoreline—and horses equipped with special saddles for special-needs children and adults. Besides the beach, Maranatha has one of the few full-size in-ground pools built right into the sand along the lakeshore.
During 2017’s summer, Bible teachers , Bill Crowder, Phil Tuttle, and Stuart Briscoe will teach and musical artists Selah, I am They, and Guy Penrod will perform, among many other teachers and artists. The conference grounds’ summer calendar is filled with sports camps for youth, getaway weeks for seniors, and energizing recreation for families. For more information about the conference grounds and the events they offer, visit VacationwithPurpose,org.