FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 
 

WHAT IS THE VISION? (back to top)

THE VISION
is a Christian retreat, conference, and ministry facility operated by Vision Ministry, Inc. and is located in south Huntsville, Alabama. We currently have a Lodge, Cabin, 2 Bunkhouses, Bathhouse, Pavilion, and Lake with a Pier and Covered Bridge.
 

WHAT IS VISION MINISTRY? (back to top)

Vision Ministry, Inc. is a non-profit, Christian ministry providing 1) Retreats, camps, and conferences;
2) Community outreach events that engage our local community. 3) Encouragement for those in ministry in the local church and parachurch organizations. The mission of Vision Ministry, Inc. is to provide a year-round ministry and outreach facility that promotes Christian values through training, relaxation, fellowship, and encouragement.
 

OUR STEWARDSHIP: (back to top)

All proceeds received for facilities used or programs at

THE VISION

are used to support the ministries of Vision Ministry, Inc. Some of the mission endeavors that are supported by your event bookings and donations to Vision Ministry, Inc. include the following:
  • Lodging and programs for Orphan Care Ministries
  • Lodging and events for encouraging Pastors and their families
  • International and national mission projects coordinated by Vision Ministry, Inc. staff.
  • Community Outreach events that engage our local community.
We serve ministries like Grace to Ukraine.

We serve ministries like Grace to Ukraine.

 

HOW WE STARTED: (back to top)DUNLAPS

Established in 2004,

THE VISION

is a leased portion off a 300-acre tract of land in southeast Huntsville owned by Mr. & Mrs. William (Billy) C. Dunlap, Jr. The land sits on the south end of Green Mountain and is made up of varying terrains and numerous hardwoods. “When God allowed us the opportunity to purchase this property we never felt like it belonged to us,” says Billy. “He has placed within our hearts a desire to develop it for His purposes.”
The Dunlap’s desire is to develop a place where people, churches, organizations, etc. can conveniently get away and grow spiritually in their Christian faith through training, seminars, camp programs, and just plain relaxation. Billy says, “People need an environment conducive to this kind of growth. I find myself a victim of time constraints by not allowing adequate time for God to speak and direct my paths.” Billy visualized a facility where people can retreat from the outside pressure brought on by daily demands. All Christians need an environment that allows for prayer, reflection, and rebuilding. We feel that a secluded environment encourages spiritual renewal and provides an opportunity for sharing and investing in the lives of others.
 

CORE CHRISTIAN VALUES: (back to top)

  • Christ as Lord – Seeking to honor and serve Jesus Christ in all we do
  • Work Ethic – Doing all we do with excellence, and passing excellence on to the next generation
  • Integrity – Living with integrity in our public and private lives
  • Stewardship – Thoughtfully using the resources God provides us for His purposes
  • Vision – Seeing the people we minister to through God’s eyes
  • Safety and Security – Acting responsibly replacing fear with faith and trust in Jesus Christ

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH: (back to top)

While Vision Ministry, Inc. is not affiliated with a specific denomination, the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) expresses our deeply rooted biblical convictions and our statement of faith. Click

HERE

to view a copy of the Baptist Faith and Message (2000).

Our statement of faith at Vision Ministry, Inc. has at its core the following foundational truths:

  • One God – consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • Jesus Christ – Son of God, born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus died to save us from our sin, that He defeated death through His bodily resurrection, and that He is the only way to heaven and eternal life.
  • Second Coming – We believe Jesus Christ will come again in Glory and Honor, to judge the living and the dead.
  • Bible – We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, living word of God and is the only reference for Christian faith, doctrine, and conduct.
  • Marriage – We believe that marriage is a sacred institution and is the covenant joining of one man with one woman for life.

 

HOW CAN I MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO VISION MINISTRY, INC.? (back to top)

Tax-deductible donations to support the mission of Vision Ministry, Inc. can be made by sending a check payable to Vision Ministry, Inc. to:

Vision Ministry, Inc.
PO Box 189

Laceys Spring, AL 35754

 
 

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT PLANS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE VISION PROPERTY? (back to top)

We are excited about 2017 at The Vision and look forward to the direction we feel God is leading us in based on the responses we have had to our 2016 improvements. To accommodate more individuals, we are expanding our lodging at Legacy Camp. This will come in the form of a fourth bunkhouse. This building is set for completion by June and will add 32 more beds, thereby increasing our total accommodations to 96. We will continue to improve parking at Legacy Camp as well.
 
Site prep will be complete this year for our eagerly anticipated Multi-purpose building at Legacy Camp. This building will offer an indoor worship center that we are planning to be able to accommodate 200+ people. It will feature improved bathrooms and a warming kitchen.
 
The ropes course remains a popular attraction, and additional elements are currently being added. We will revisit expansion of our high ropes challenges for the end of 2017 with the possibility of beginning the first phase of our zipline course. 
 
We are developing walking trails from Legacy Camp to the Lodge. This will allow our campers a more direct route to the lodge.
 
Work on Phase 2 of the Lodge is in progress with an aggressive timeline of completion by late 2017. Built as a single-family residence, the Dunlaps plan to open up their home to family and friends to continue the mission statement set forth by the Vision Ministry board member. It will sleep up to 40 and will offer upgraded accommodations and meeting spaces within their home.
 
The pool/pavilion area was opened mid-summer of 2016 and will be in full swing this year with concessions available for our campers. It will be open for reservations for day events such as birthday parties and other poolside special events. It includes bathrooms with showers, seating area, and a full kitchen.
 
The lake is undergoing repairs which will be completed by late 2017. The pier is in operation and offers space for day activities.
 
The rappelling we offer at Speedway Cave is growing in interest and offers instruction for both beginning and advanced rappelers. It features a 60-foot drop along the rock formation above Speedway Cave.

We anticipate having all our street signs in place this Spring, and we will install additional lighting in some of our areas. Along with these upgrades is the continuing road improvements as we extend and widen areas of our property.
 
We are exceedingly grateful for a group of volunteers beyond compare. These servants have worked on our trails, cut wood for our firewood ministry, developed the rappelling area, assisted with street and tree cleanup, landscaped beds, and have labored in the areas of maintenance, cooking, and cleaning. The encouragement and hands-on involvement they bring to our camp is the glue that keeps us going. We are also thankful for those who God has called to give as well. This past year has seen an increase in our financial support.
 
Trey and Robyn Cates continue to reach out to individuals, non-profits, and local churches through mass mailings, tours, facilitations, and one-on-one relationships. They support The Vision’s ministries through vision casting, event planning and execution, and curriculum development. They are also extensively involved in our high and low ropes courses by acting as facilitators as well as gaining annual certifications and increasing awareness. Their previous camp directing history and ministry experience make The Vision what it is today. Their close involvement with our board of directors, careful budget planning, and spreadsheet analysis have presented a clear picture of our current path as well as the direction we are heading.
 
Please pray for The Vision as we continue to focus all our activities on the simple message of the Gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
 

HOW MANY PEOPLE IS THE VISION EQUIPPED TO HOLD? (back to top)

We can currently sleep 64 people in our cabin and bunkhouse. Our Pavilion can serve groups as large as 100. The Lodge can serve groups as large as 100 people and currently has dining seating for 64 people and conference seating for 100.
 

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS CAN BE HELD AT THE VISION? (back to top)

  • Camps and conferences for church groups (youth camps, retreats, weekends, etc.)
  • Pastoral staff retreats
  • Men’s and women’s ministry events
  • Reunions
  • Scouting events
  • Weddings
  • Birthday parties
  • Luncheons or Dinners
  • Outdoor work days

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Use of The Vision facilities: (1) requires a reservation, (2) is subject to approval of the board of directors of Vision Ministry, Inc.,  (3) must be consistent with the advancement of biblically based Christian values, morals and teachings, as recognized and supported by Vision Ministry, Inc., and (4) must not conflict with the mission statement of Vision Ministry, Inc.