Many people may not know that in the past year Pyoca officially adopted a new mission statement: “Where all are welcome in God’s love to EXPLORE, GROW, REST, and PLAY.”
The process started in the fall of 2015 as members of Pyoca’s Advisory Council, and various alumni, gathered for a strategic planning process at camp. Over the course of 2016 the new mission statement was fine-tuned by the Advisory Council, and officially adopted in early 2017.
This new mission statement embodies how we hope to grow as an organization. Pyoca is continually seeking to further its partnerships and work with people from all backgrounds and experiences. Particularly in such a divided world, we hope to be a shared space where people feel at peace gathering in their differences.
We are committed to exploring God’s creation with others and sharing all of the wonders it has to offer. That means learning about and protecting the environment around us, as well as the people around us, for they too are created beings.
We seek to empower others to grow in their faith, as well as gain confidence in the skills and spiritual gifts bestowed upon them by God.
We are committed to rest: the sabbath that God intends for all to experience. In such a busy world, so many people do not take the time to care for themselves as a spiritual practice. At Pyoca we hope you will take the time to slow down, be still, and know God.
Finally, we know the importance of play! As children of God we are free to let our inner kid shine. Play is also an integral part of rest. We hope that all who come to Pyoca will feel free to let loose, be silly, and challenge themselves.
We are excited to grow as an organization and as a community. We hope you’ll join us as we look toward the future of our ministry.