Inspiration Point Ministry Summary
Inspiration Point is an established and healthy Christian camp and retreat center that was dedicated in 1963. Attendance has grown steadily in the past decade at this biblically-based ministry, requiring expanding to two separate sites – Spitzer Lake and Twin Oaks. However, a flood forced the closing of the Spitzer Lake property and the rapid expansion of the site at Twin Oaks so that it could open in June of 2020.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Inspiration Point operated or hosted more than 100 events on-site each year. These consisted of programmed retreats and rental group events, as well as youth and family camps in the summer months. Additionally, we provided traveling day camp opportunities in more than 30 communities across seven states. More than 9,000 campers and guests are served on approximately 215 different days each year. Current restrictions allow for operating at 50% capacity.
Inspiration Point is a non-profit organization owned by the Central and Western Regions of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. A nine-member board of directors oversees the organization. Campers and guests arrive from communities scattered primarily throughout a five-state region.
The year-round staff currently includes the following full-time positions:
Food Service Manager (to be filled)
Two members of the Site and Facilities Team
Two members of the Program Team
Gift Shop Manager
Part-time positions include: Housekeeper, assistant cooks, maintenance, and other hourly workers. At the current capacity, Inspiration Point will hire an additional 40-50 staff members.
The 1,000-acre site consists of: an office; Twin Oaks Center that houses dining, large meeting space, five sleeping rooms, a gameroom, and gift and snack shop; a shower house; outdoor swimming pool; two residences; ten cabins; two dorm-style buildings; two outdoor amphitheaters; a sports and recreation area; a craft building; the Octagon, with some indoor recreation space and seating for 400; 12 miles of hiking trails; four lakes; a canoeing pond; staff housing; the spectacular, 10,800-square foot, Twin Oaks Lodge; and many other unique features. Total guest capacity is currently 264.
Recreation options include: basketball, tennis, sand volleyball, frisbee golf, Octaball, 9-Square, climbing tower, zip line, swimming, paddleboating, canoeing, hiking, low ropes/teambuilding course, gameroom, slingshot range, and in the winter, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, tubing hill, and broomball.
Inspiration Point at Twin Oaks lies in west-central Minnesota, 25 minutes north of Alexandria (pop. 15,000), 35 minutes east of Fergus Falls (pop. 13,000), 90 minutes southeast of Fargo-Moorhead (pop. 170,000) and 2 ½ hours from Minneapolis-St. Paul (pop. 3,200,000). The small towns of Parkers Prairie, Henning, and Battle Lake all lie within 15 miles of Twin Oaks, providing shopping necessities.