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How many participants are there?
Generally, there are between 28 and 34 participants
representing congregations in Connecticut, Rhode Island,
Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Eastern Canada.
Is NELS open to fellowships?
Yes, participants from churches, fellowships, and societies
are all welcomed.
Who attends NELS?
Church volunteers and sometimes staff of churches attend.
Board members and church presidents find NELS especially
valuable. Participants are all ages but must be at least 21 to enroll.
Can you attend for only part of the week?
That is not possible. The experiences of each day are
structured to build upon each other to provide each
participant with an integrated and complete program. Each
participant is assigned to three small groups. The success
of each group is dependent upon the full engagement of every
member. Losing a member during the week or having someone
join after the group has bonded would be an unnecessary and
unfair burden to the other members of the group. It would
also be disruptive to other participants to have someone
come for only part of the week.
How many NELS staff are there and what kind of training do
There are nine staff including two ministers.
The theology and worship responsibilities are
shared by two ministers who are obviously
well-educated for their roles. The ministers
also act as chaplains for the week and are
available to meet with people who have issues
arising for the NELS experience. The
remaining seven staff have a wide range of
training and expertise. All have served in a
variety of volunteer roles in their churches.
All have attended NELS as participants and
have committed to a year-long series of
planning and orientation meetings to prepare
for their presentations. The staff is
dedicated to making NELS a rewarding
experience for all participants.
What are the accommodations like?
The Craigville Inn was built in the early 1900's as a
Methodist summer camp and maintains its rustic charm. All
rooms have sinks with hot and cold running water. Many have
toilets and showers. There is no air conditioning. It is
advisable to bring a fan.
Are there limits to the number of participants who can
attend from one church?
Yes, each church may send no more than 5 participants. If
more than 5 from one church are interested in attending the
additional members will be placed on a wait list until after