That Thing

Missional High School Event

That Thing is a summer conference-style camp for high school students to come together in pursuit of Christ, so that the Love of God would flow out into their communities. This is not spring break with a little bit of Christ sprinkled in and it’s not bible boot camp either. That Thing finds the place in the middle. This is preparation & sending. It engages students into a deep pursuit of the heartbeat of our Creator as they pursue reconciliation, justice, and discipleship through small groups, corporate worship, and personal devotion encounters. Fun activities like camp wide games, the waterfront, and The Park help to foster community and play. Through it all though, is a central focus on the message and hope of Christ being lived out through each person at camp, so that they can learn how to live it out beyond camp.

2019 Dates:  June 16-21   |   June 23-28   |   June 30-July 5   |   July 7-12

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Sunday Schedule

  • 3:15p – Check in Begins
  • 4:00p – That Thing Kickoff
  • 5:00p – Camp Wide Pizza Party
  • 6:00p – Greatest Hour Games
  • 7:00p – Get Settled In Lodges
  • 8:30p – Evening Worship

Monday-Thursday Schedule

  • 8:00a – Coffee Time / Leader Round Table
  • 8:30a – Morning Watch
  • 9:00a – Breakfast
  • 9:45a – Active Labs
  • 11:15a – Worship Session
  • 1:00p – Lunch & Small Groups
  • 2:15p – Mission Lab
  • 2:45p – Parks & Rec
    • 2:45-4p Water Park
    • 4p – The Park
    • 4:30p – The Rec Park
    • 4:30 – Greatest Hour Games
  • 5:00p – Learning Labs
  • 6:00p – Dinner
  • 7:30p – Parks & Rec
  • 9:00p – Evening Worship

Friday Schedule

  • 8:00a – Coffee Time / Leader Round Table
  • 9:00a – Breakfast
  • 9:45a – Empty Lodges/Load Up
  • 10:00a – Final Session
  • 10:30a – Departure

2019 Keynote Speakers

Week 1 | June 16-21

Hannah Gronowski -  Hannah Gronowski is the Founder and CEO of Generation Distinct (, a nonprofit that exists to empower young adults to discover the wrong they were born to make right, leading them to experience who Jesus really is.  

She has a passion to use her voice to empower others to become leaders God can use to create real change in the world. Hannah is also an author, with her first book to be released in 2020 with NavPress Publishers. She has spoken at Conferences, Churches, College Campuses, and Youth Events around the country. 
Week 2 | June 23-28

Steve Carter - For the last two decades, Steve has been discovering what it means to be a pastor. From serving as the lead teaching pastor for Willow Creek Community Church to writing and speaking all over the world, his heart’s desire is to bring Jesus into every conversation and every space I occupy.

His book, This Invitational Life, calls people to risk themselves to align with God’s heartbeat for humanity. He’s also the co-host of the Relevant Sports Podcast, a weekly show that talks about the intersection of sports, culture, and faith. Currently, He lives outside Chicago with His wife, Sarah, and their two kids.
Week 3 | June 30-July 5
Matt Boyle - Matt Boyle has been a pastor and Bible teacher for 13 years. He has been a Youth Pastor, Teaching Pastor, and Senior Pastor. One of Matt’s favorite things in the world is to study the Scriptures and creatively put together a sermon for whoever will listen. His podcast, What's True For Everybody, explores the beautiful truths of Jesus and the Bible in a way that's true for everybody. Some of his other favorite things are watching the Chicago Cubs, playing outside, and eating tacos. Matt has been married to his bride, Corrie, for 12 years. They have a seven-year-old daugher named Nyleigha (Ny-lee-a) and a five-year-old son named Parker. The Boyle family lives in Fort Collins, CO. This will be Matt’s fourth summer teaching at That Thing.
Week 4 | July 7-12

Ricky Ortiz - Pastor Ricky Ortiz lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan along with his wife, Krista, and daughter, Gia. He’s the founding and lead pastor of Meta Church [], a brand new church plant in the heart of New York City. He’s passionate about communicating God’s Word with relevance and authenticity so people can connect with who God is and the purpose He has for their lives.



2019 Worship Band

Modern Day Cure – Modern Day Cure is a worship band led by Aaron and Tamar Chipp. Based in Nashville, TN the married-duo’s heart is to exalt Jesus, share His truth, and see people changed by His power. Their name is inspired by Hebrews 13:8, which states, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” This truth makes Him the modern day cure. They believe Jesus is the answer the world needs today.




New for 2019

2 Shared Community Meals As A Camp Family

Throughout God's Word and still today, conversations, teachable moments, fellowship, and encouragement take place while sharing meals. There is a great impact that comes from being surrounded by like-minded people, all seeking the way of Jesus. We want to provide and create more opportunities for our students to experience these moments outside of Worship Sessions. They have a bigger-than-ever fight up against the world back at home and are often surrounded by people saying and living in a way that's opposite of God's heart. We're excited for our students to feel the courage and joy that can come from knowing they are not alone in this mission. One way we plan to do this is through sharing a couple meals together. The cost of those meals is included in registration fees.

Youth Mission Projects (YMP)

A bit of a throwback to EFCC's strong history, each cabin will be invited to highlight, showcase, create awareness, &/or fundraise for their local/global missions & projects. Sell freezer pops or bracelets to fund a mission, set up a table in the Beach House to create awareness, develop a commercial with the A/V something as a cabin that will add value to a mission or justice project away from camp.

The Greatest Hour

Revamped camp-wide games because who doesn't love a little friendly competition and togetherness?!

Active Labs / Learning Labs / Mission Lab

Our traditional breakout discussion groups are gaining a little distinction and intentionality. Active Labs will take place in the morning and involve different hobbies or interests, such as Clubs for A/V, Running, Drama, Synchronized Swimming, etc., and our crowd favorites like Faux Yoga and Zumba. It'll be an incredible way to start the day in fellowship while learning and doing the things you love! Learning Labs will be specifically designed for spiritual growth and discipleship. Some will be student led through some unique methods that are engaging and interactive. Lastly, our Mission Lab will take place each day after lunch in the Auditorium. We'll meet different mission partners and hear how God is using them to change the world and how we can be involved through prayer, support, or participation!

Facility & Grounds

We're looking at how we can improve the spaces we already have to meet the goals of That Thing and the needs of our guests. This will include clearer opportunities for pick-up games throughout the day as well as improvements and/or changes to the Waterfront, Beach House, and Flat Lodges.

Group Tickets

Leaders, bring all the students from your local faith community and share your lodge with just the individuals you want to be in it. As their leader, you can completely customize the experience to exactly what your students and leaders need.

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Individual Tickets

For students who are coming from churches that aren’t booking an entire lodge or who want a camp experience where everyone is new to each other, individual tickets include everything from lodging to meals to counselors.

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