PO Box 127
Wilmore KY 40390
Contact Information
Address PO Box 127
Wilmore, KY 40390
Phone (859) 858-0140
Fax 859 488-2528
Contact Name Andy Bathje
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1983
Former Names
Confrontation Point Ministries
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
We accept checks and welcome in-kind donations such as vehicles, computers or other equipment.
You may have the skills to meet a need for our organization. Please consider giving time toward the “behind the scenes” operations and camp maintenance that support our programs. We have had volunteers assist us with computer work, landscaping, construction projects and database records. As a nonprofit with a limited budget, we get excited when volunteers support our mission. Just connect with us and we can determine how you might fit in.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement We engage what society lacks -- the risk and responsibility needed to grow! AdventureServe Ministries fosters a Christ-centered community through transformational experiences with God, self, others, and nature.We do this through intentionally guided wilderness and mission trips, primarily in Kentucky with Church youth groups.
Background Statement In 1980, our organization was founded as Confrontation Point Ministries in Tennessee by John and Jan Bell. Originally, the ministry focused predominately upon wilderness trips. The camp grew steadily, adding missions programs such as home repair and urban service trips. All trips continue to have an intentional focus on growing in faith, serving others, training young people to lead and being in Creation.  In 2008, the Board directed Executive Director Andy Bathje to move our operations to Wilmore, Kentucky. The mission has not changed, instead, we hope to expand the areas in which we minister and to continue to meet the needs of community members, youth groups and the staff who work for us. Currently we offer five trip designs: Wilderness Adventure, Home Repair, Mystery Trip, Creation Restoration and Disaster Relief. These trips are provided for youth and college groups visiting from all over the country. In November of 2013, the organization re-branded as AdventureServe Ministries to better communicate our purpose. We believe that the life of faith is a great adventure.  Physical adventures develop courage within our participants to grow to their full potential. We model our programs after Jesus Christ, who embodied servant hood and called us to follow. Therefore, we seek to practically serve others through all our activities.   Our  programs have different focuses, but share the same basic structure. Groups have the option to camp with AdventureServe gear or stay indoors at facilities nearest to service projects and adventures.   They spend the week serving those in need, participating in team-building, engaging in spiritual programing  and doing adventure activities.  Throughout the week, youth particpants are given many leadership roles.  They are divided into teams to cook each meal, clean up, gather fire wood, and lead worship.  We encourage the adult leaders of the group to step back, and let the students do the work and take ownership of what is being done. We empower each participant a chance to figure out things for themselves, whether this be how to cook a meal, build a wheel chair ramp, or discover biblical truths.  We are there for guidance when needed, but we also encourage youth to think and act of their own accord.  Youth depart on Saturday with an increased appreciation for missions, the outdoors, and their church community.  They also leave as more confident and bold individuals, with a feeling of empowerment and capability.
Impact Statement In 2016 we led approximately 40 trips and retreats.  We worked with approximately 1000 participants from over 15 states.  Adventureserve participants provided over 12,000 volunteer hours for community members in need.  Groups volunteered at homeless shelters, nursing homes, community gardens, centers for disabilities, national parks and other good works agencies.  We completed over 20 home repair projects for low income families, we recycled over 30,000 beverage containers, and we provided volunteers for over 15 social & environmental agencies.   In 2017, AdventureServe Ministries hopes to host 50 groups, increase community impact hours and provide vocational training for at least 25 young adult staff members. We expect to enlist 2 AmeriCorps members and 4 higher education internships. We are responding to more request to guide mission and wilderness excursions outside Kentucky while we primarily focus on the commonwealth. We will implement a high school internship program for teenagers seeking camp training.
Needs Statement 1.  Operational Funds: AdventureServe Ministries needs donations for the operating budget, which is just over $300,000 to increase our service capacity.  We would like 75% of the budget supported by participant registrations and 25% supported by gifts & grants. Currently giving is 20% of total income. 2.  Vehicles: We need a fleet of 15 quality vehicles to transport staff & equipment to groups.  Many vehicles need replacement in order to increase fuel efficiency and decrease maintenance costs.  We are seeking any donated vehicles with a value above $2000 to replace current vehicles. 3.  Building Renovations: Funds for improving our camp property to better serve as office spaces, group lodging, warehouse and retreat facilities (camp mortgage paid completely in 2015).  The purpose of the property is to support service & adventure programing and provide a retreat facility for groups. 4.  Home Repair Materials: Funds towards our Home Repair program. Annually, we spend approximately $24,000 on home repairs for in-need families.  We could do a great deal more for home-owners if these dollars were matched or added to.
CEO/Executive Director Statement AdventureServe Ministries is a very unique service organization which engages volunteers to grow as leaders as they provide practical help to community members. As opposed to some service organizations who primarily focus on the clients being served (such as a homeowner), we also focus upon the group who is doing the service. Our goal is that they grow as a team, increase there personal confidence, integrate their actions with their faith and leave with a desire to serve more people in their future. Another distinctive quality of our service organizations is that we combine adventure and fun with our service projects. We believe that service is an adventure and we also believe in the value of adventures in the natural world so we offer groups a day of climbing, caving, paddling or outdoor team-building.   Group members are often amazed at the transformation that takes place in one week of service. A chaperone may be surprised that their son was able to cook a meal for 25 people at their campsite. A youth might be surprised at how similar the homeowner is to an elderly woman in his neighborhood that could use help shoveling snow or raking leaves. A team might be amazed at how they together could build a safe access into someones home. A staff member might be empowered at their ability to speak into the lives of youth and motivate them to succeed together. It seems every member of the team has something that transformed them on a deep personal level.   I wholeheartedly invite others to join the work of our mission. We are a small ministry serving a few communities but I believe there are large ripples that are felt nationally because of our work.
Board Chair Statement I have been involved with AdventureServe for over twenty years. First as a youth director who’s group piloted the home repair program, to serving on summer staff for several summers and most recently through serving as the board chair.  Because of my longevity and various perspectives I have seen her through many different lenses. One thing that is always clear is the call to honor God and serve others. These two essential core values influence all the activities. Helping young people grow in their faith and leadership through serving others will produce life changing fruit that will impact an entire generation. Young people from across the U.S. and globe have been touched through our experiences, where they learn the importance of practices like simplicity, reflection, silence and service. These practices are all intended to help individuals create space in their lives for God and share His love with others. How amazing it has been to connect with students and see the fruit that is being born in their lives through service. As we move forward and desire to continue to support, love and challenge the next generation of Christian leaders we are trusting God to provide resources, churches and groups to come out and serve with us or partner with us. Being blessed with a amazing piece of property that we now call home is just a taste of Christ’s faithfulness to our ministry. Our prayer is that we will “be still and know that He is God,” as we are confronted with God’s love for people and His creation.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Human Services
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Home Improvement/Repairs
Geographic Areas Served
Kentucky: Fayette Co  Jessamine Co Knox Co  Laurel Co  McCreary Co Powell Co  Pulaski CoScott Co  Whitley Co Wolfe Co   Tennessee: Scott Co Knox Co
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. AdventureServe Ministries serves three main groups of people: volunteer groups, community members and summer staff members. This is implemented through four different programs: Home Repair, Mystery Trip, Wilderness Adventure, and Creation Restoration. Volunteer Groups are connected with service opportunities and given the knowledge to accomplish projects. We are intentional to facilitate "service-learning" experiences to broaden the perspectives of volunteer participants. They will gain greater understandings of others, their own potential, the application of their faith and effective ways to meet reel needs around them.Community Members receive needed help. This occurs through home repair projects, partnerships with social service agencies, and conservation work. We work with the National Park Service, food banks, homeless shelters, nursing homes, community gardens, and centers for the developmentally disabled. They also receive the attention and respect of young people who spend time with them. They are often encouraged and inspired by the commitment to serve demonstrated before them.Summer staff members gain skills that will benefit them later for the job market. By managing the logistics and guiding group dynamics of volunteers, staff members develop transferable leadership skills. For most staff members, this position is incredibly formative as they begin their vocations. Our hope is to assist all three of these categories of people through serving those in need.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? As an organization, we want to grow each year by recruiting more teams to serve in Appalachia which will increase the amount of community members that can be assisted. One major change we have made toward this end has been to rebrand the identity of our agency to better communicate what we do. Gifts would allow us to magnify the impact we have been making for the last 5 years in Kentucky. Below are objectives we are working toward: 1) Recruit a total of 50 volunteer teams to serve in Kentucky 2) Serve over 50 families with improvements on their residence (a 25% increase). 3) Maintain a high quality of: client services to homeowners, training for home repair seasonal staff and guidance for volunteers. Future summers will be impacted as momentum and interest in our service projects grow. If we have an increase of groups volunteering with our agency in 2015, due to our retention rates, the number of return groups will rise for following years. Therefore, growth in 2015 of service activity for community members will most likely promote more service activity in following years. Having more dollars would greatly strengthen the impact of community assistance. This would allow us extra personnel hours to recruit volunteer groups for Home Repair service programs, train seasonal staff members to effectively guide work projects, communicate with home owners in need and ensure that all home renovation projects meet building standards. Evaluation methods that are already within our agency will be used such as: records of service projects completed, records of volunteer participants in our service programs, evaluations completed by volunteers of their experience and evaluations completed by group leaders. In addition, we will offer evaluation surveys for homeowners who receive home repair improvements.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? AdventureServe Ministries has more than a 30 year history of inspiring young people to serve, meeting needs of community members in need and training young adults to lead. The leadership of the organization has remained consistent. For example, the Executive Director has been affiliated with the organization for over 10 years (board member, then director). The program director has planned our programming for 6 years. Members of the board include past staff members, dedicated volunteers and volunteer group leaders. Each summer, we hire approximately 20 seasonal staff members, many that serve multiple years. While our finances have been limited for most of our history, we have have learned to thrive on thrift. Our programming model is one that reveals the richness of simplicity, outdoor settings and minimal technology. We own a 9 acre camp property with 10 structures on the edge of a college town which holds a strong heritage for the community. In less than 4 years, we have paid down 1/3rd of the mortgage which is less than 15% of the appraised value. We would like to have greater cash flow and reserves in the future but we feel blessed to simply operate each year of programming. We have reached out to many other organizations for mutually beneficial partnerships. Each fall we meet with over 25 other home repair agencies in Appalachia at the Reframe Conference, which we helped to launch recently. We seek staff members from nearby universities with the intent to give college students applicable vocational opportunities in the summer. Many staff members use their work experiences with us as academic internships. We have joined a variety of organizations for temporary projects such as Blessed Earth, Habitat for Humanity, Christian Appalachian Project, Ichthus Ministries and Asbury University. We are fortunate to be supported by many individuals, companies and organizations. We have received grants from organizations such as The River Foundation, The Blue Grass Community Foundation, The Commonwealth Compassion Bridge, The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and Centenary United Methodist Church of Danville. In 2013 when individual and organizational gifts where considered, they made up over 15% of total income.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr John Morley
Company Affiliation Past Staff Member
Board Members
Greg Dowell Shepherd of Prairie Youth MinisterVoting
Roger Harbison Cornell Harbison ExcavatingVoting
Rochelle Harbison Semonin RealtorsVoting
Jessica Lanham HomeVoting
Chuck Long One Mission SocietyVoting
Wes McChristian American Eagle MarketingVoting
Mary Miller RetiredVoting
John Morley Asbury UniversityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 71%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Roger Harbison
Company Affiliation Cornell Harbison Excavating
CEO Comments
I am very proud and grateful for our board of directors. At 8 members, this is actually our largest board in the last decade. Having been a board member myself before accepting the position of Executive Director, I have a unique understanding of their position.
I am confident that this board is more committed than any other in recent years by the level of volunteering they do, fundraising, expertize offering and awareness of the organization. We are committed to going deeper as friends as we work together yet we also see the value in differing over important issues. 
I think one challenge which I imagine many boards experience is the balance of guidance and micro-management. As a director, I seek to be collaborative, recognizing that the best idea is often the idea that has been tested by peers. At the same time, there are certain issues that it is best to allow the staff who are closest to the situation manage on their own. I believe we are graciously working through these challenges and the organization is better because of these individuals commitment.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Andy Bathje
Term Start June 2008
Experience Education  Bachelors of Psychology & Youth Ministry, Bethel University, 1992.Masters of Psychology & Family Counseling, Wheaton College, 1996. Experience  Associate Dean of Leadership Development, Asbury University, 2006-2008. Directed leadership and service programs across campus. Managed student center and student government programs. Supervised 3 professional employees.Adventure Program Coordinator, Asbury University, 1998-2008. Directed Team-building and Challenge Course facility which served over 2000 participants annually. Developed wilderness orientation program for 50 incoming students. Taught outdoor leadership courses. Supervised outdoor club and climbing gym.Additional Positions: Wilderness Instructor, Youth & Family Therapist, Recreation Coordinator, Substitute Teacher, Residential Counselor, Admissions Counselor and Youth Pastor.
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 8
Contractors 25
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Randy Velker Jan 1995 -
Jason Young Sept 2006 - Feb 2008
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
CEO Comments Our organization seeks to maintain the highest standards in the ways we treat our employees, steward our resources and direct our talents. We seek to maintain regular communication between coworkers to ensure that when conflicts arise, they are addressed respectfully.   We recognize that we are in a transitional point and will need to develop a clear plan of moving forward as we have purchased a new property while supporting the programming which as been in place for many years. At the same time, we are experiencing financial challenges which limit time and clarity in developing relevant strategic plans.
Description Over 50% of our groups choose the Home Repair trip option, making it it our largest program.  In this program groups spend Monday-Thursday working on home improvements for in-need homeowners.  These projects can range from interior painting to home additions.  Groups choose ahead of time the difficulty and number of projects.  Larger groups divide and can tackle up to five projects, while smaller groups stay together and address one project.  Each day a student is chosen who would benefit from a leadership opportunity, and becomes the "site leader."  The site leader works with staff members to oversee and make decisions concerning the work that day.  Our goal is to have participants be fully active both physically and mentally, allowing them to make decisions on their own and decide how to best achieve goals, all the while ensuring that quality standards are met.  Youth leave this program with increased confidence and an assurance that they can do great things.
Budget 67900
Category Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Description Our Mystery Trip program is a type of service smorgasbord.  Groups volunteer at nursing homes, homeless shelters, community gardens, and centers for the disabled.  It is called Mystery Trip, because the youth are not told ahead of time exactly what they will be doing.  Youth ministers are privy to the information, but youth are simply ready to help others.  As the week progresses we focus on unwrapping what we have done each day, and how it is fulfilling the commands of Christ.  The mystery aspect of the trip is a metaphor for the plans that God has for each of us.  Our staff have great plans for the youth that week and will bless them with opportunities to share love with others, just as God does with us each day.  Youth will leave having seen a variety of ways in which they can put their faith into action and an understanding of how to live their daily lives as a ministry.
Budget 11100
Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served , ,
Description The Wilderness program is centered around outdoor adventure and group growth.  Groups spend their days doing activities such as hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, caving, canoeing, backpacking, and whitewater rafting.  This trip gives groups opportunities to enjoy God's creation while spending time in community with each other.  Ample time is given for morning Bible studies and debriefing sessions which reinforce group growth by discussing the challenges of the day.  Participants will leave with a greater appreciation for creation.  Youth groups will leave as a more unified and strong group, understanding better how to carry each others' burdens and live together as the body of Christ. The group is also more prepared to serve others both within and outside of their community.
Budget 4600
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served , ,
Description Creation Restoration, our newest program, focuses on care for the natural environment.  Groups will spend at least three days carrying out projects that help maintain or restore natural spaces.  These projects may include cleaning up watersheds, building trail systems, or managing recycling campaigns for large public events.  At least one day is spent on an adventure activity which helps members of the groups confront and overcome fears.  Our curriculum explores the Genesis 2:15 command to care for creation.  Students will leave with a better understanding of a right relationship between themselves, the created world and the Creator.
Budget 4300
Category Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served , ,
Description Annually, we have over 20 groups contact us to do brief service projects (1 day or less). Most often, this is a college or seminary group who may bring up to 30 people to volunteer for 2 hours on a given day. Because we have many ongoing projects and maintenance needs, we have welcomed them. We have directed some of their service toward  needs in our community.  Some students are required to do a certain amount of hours per semester and it can be difficult for them to find nearby nonprofit agencies to serve with, especially when the volunteer may come with few applicable skills. At this point, we have seen this program as an entry point for group and staff recruitment while meeting some relevant needs. In the future, we may develop this program further to create a "conduit of service" for volunteers to do guided service projects in a limited amount of time.
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments
There are countless ways for people to serve local communities and AdventureServe Ministries offers experiences for teams to "try out" a wide variety -- home renovation, volunteering with marginalized individuals or caring for the environment. Many of our participants are young people who are just developing an empathy toward others and a sense of working together for a greater cause. The practice of doing this work collaboratively is an excellent training for citizenship.
An organizational challenge is developing quality programming in all of these types of service-learning and adventure leadership experiences. We would love to have the resources to employ year-round personnel devoted to each of the specific programs, unfortunately we are only able to hire seasonal staff members in these positions.
Another challenge is developing bases of operation within a few hours drive of our operational headquarters that can support programming which has all aspects within reach of a particular group. For example, for our home repair program, we need good campsites, good home materials vendors, good adventure sites and people in need -- all within a drivable distance. For this reason, it has taken time for us to move programming into Kentucky and develop relationships with the key people.
Although our programs are diverse, there is a clear common thread that ties them together.  A sense of adventure, personal initiative, others over self, faith guiding actions, group processing and personal growth. Our variety of programming definitely sets us apart from other service organizations.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation2011
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $336,000.00
Projected Expenses $332,000.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$80,236$74,885$82,552
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$0--
Membership Dues--$0--
Special Events$20,022$17,565$7,832
Revenue In-Kind--$755--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$191,731$283,905$277,926
Administration Expense--$27,882$28,664
Fundraising Expense$2,853$8,600$11,174
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.231.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%89%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%9%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$179,707$154,607$153,975
Current Assets$19,642$8,251$15,687
Long-Term Liabilities$92,800$61,500$139,579
Current Liabilities--$5,215$1,275
Total Net Assets$86,907$87,892$13,121
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
As a nonprofit ministry focused on developing young people and serving others, AdventureServe Ministries has experienced financial challenges. At the same time, we have been graced with many blessings and resources in recent years that have benefited our organization in ways that do not necessarily increase our cash flow. Such blessings include a new property that was purchased for 1/5 of the appraisal value, a greater number of "friends" of the organization, an increase in organizational giving, a greater amount of volunteers throughout the year and an increase in affordable part-time personnel.
I am hopeful that these gains will reap a more balanced budget in the very near future. The major factor in our financial difficulties has been a drop in participant numbers during the summer season. This has been due to a number of challenges such as the economy which has decreased the resources of families who invest in week-long retreats, natural disasters in other parts of the country which draw from the population of participants doing domestic service projects and the transitions of our recent move that take energies away from marketing.
We have activities and plans set in motion that we believe will remedy these financial challenges. Now that we are settled into our new operational base and identify ourselves with a more marketable brand, we believe we are more effective to recruit future participants. Our facility gives us greater freedom to offer off-season programming that will increase our annual participant numbers. As we have been gaining "friends" and are located near institutions of higher education, we have recognized that we are becoming known to a wider population which should reap a greater response to our marketing. Finally, we have made steps in fundraising by increasing giving and we have also been more active in seeking grants. For example, we have had four years of Americorps Members working alongside us. 
As I have watched other similar organizations in the current economy, it seems that simply surviving is success. While we have needed to carry a credit line in our off-season, it is less than 20% of the value of our assets and it is paid down to zero annually. Other than this seasonal debt, our only other loan is our mortgage which is less than our previous rent ($850 monthly). We are incredibly frugal with our resources and have sought to grow only at the pace which we can support. We are willing to run operations with older vehicles as long as they are safe, work out of offices that are less than modern, support our programming in computer equipment that has been donated and regularly look for expenses that can be cut. While it may not be in our organizational philosophy, our staff certainly gain skills in how to live simply after their time working with AdventureServe Ministries.
Address PO Box 127
Wilmore, KY 40390
Primary Phone 859 858-0140
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Andy Bathje
Board Chair Dr John Morley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Past Staff Member