Center for Christian Growth / T Bar M Camps

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T Bar M Camps is a non-denominational Christian camp, retreat and conference center with locations in New Braunfels, Texas and on Lake Travis near Austin. From overnight camps for 1st through 11th graders, to day camps for K-5th graders, it is our joy to give campers and families the experience of their lives. Camp is about relationships, and with each summer that passes, we find ourselves more committed than ever to the power of play, the value of sports and the healing benefits of nature.

Contact information

Mailing address:
T Bar M Camps
2549 Hwy 46 W
New Braunfels, TX 78132


Phone: (830) 620-4263

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 751671920

CEO/President: John MacDonald

Chairman: Paul Marsh

Board size: 9

Founder: Jack Turpin

Ruling year: 2015

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2013


T Bar M is where the love of God meets the love of being together. Kids are invited to play their hearts out, families are invited to connect, and adults are invited to relax and recharge, all in a Christian camp and retreat experience with new discoveries at every turn. We believe that if we train each heart, the body will follow.

Mission statement

The mission of T Bar M Camps & Retreats is to present Jesus Christ, teach His ways, and represent Him through an exciting, enthusiastic and encouraging camp and retreat experience.

Statement of faith

While we're not affiliated with any one church or denomination, our staff does hold to a common statement of faith. Individuals from all types of faith backgrounds are welcome. In our camps and retreats, campers and families will hear the good news of Jesus Christ presented thoughtfully and lovingly each week. For those enjoying our property for a business meeting or conference, we desire to serve you following the example set by Jesus.

All scripture is God breathed. The words of the sixty-six books of the Bible were written by men of God and moved by the Holy Spirit. The whole Bible is without error in the original manuscripts and therefore authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

God exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and these three are the one God. (Matthew 28:19, Deuteronomy 6:4)

Man was originally created by God in His own image. Through sin, man fell and lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in his sin and subject to the power of Satan. Thus man is in need of salvation. (Genesis 1:27, 3:1-24, Ephesians 2:1-2)

In response to man's need, God the Father sent Jesus into this world to make atonement for sin. His substitutionary death on the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead provide the basis for salvation. His atonement is sufficient for all, yet effective only for those who believe. (John 3:16-17, 1 Timothy 2:3-6, Mark 10:45)

Salvation for man comes only by grace through faith in Jesus and His provision on the cross. Since salvation is a gift from God, a believer is secure forever. (Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 11:29)

The Holy Spirit indwells every believer at the time of conversion. His baptism unites all believers to Christ in one body. He is the believers' source for all acceptable worship and service. (1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:7-16, 5:19-20)

It is God's will for believers to live a holy life in cooperation with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit while putting to death the deeds of the flesh. God, the Father, does discipline His children. (1 Thessalonians 4:3, Romans 8:13, Hebrews 12:4-11)

The primary purpose in the life of the believer is to glorify God in everything and to make Christ known to the unbelieving world. (Colossians 3:23-24, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

That God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis. 1:26-27)

That God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. (Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)

That all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psalm 139)

This belief statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Center for Christian Growth's faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Trustees is Center for Christian Growth's final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Camps/Conference Centers

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating515 of 110422 of 36
Fund acquisition rating690 of 110523 of 37
Resource allocation rating591 of 110524 of 37
Asset utilization rating302 of 110412 of 36

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$192,228$298,763$258,140$362,985$348,377
Short-term investments$2,009,460$3,039,947$1,247,141$1,153,002$800,630
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,481,216$4,953,734$1,925,960$1,780,449$1,740,010
Long-term investments$3,127,231$40,148$0$0$0
Fixed assets$13,102,333$12,786,622$12,959,520$13,737,461$14,088,880
Other long-term assets$90,964$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$16,320,528$12,826,770$12,959,520$13,737,461$14,088,880
Total assets$19,801,744$17,780,504$14,885,480$15,517,910$15,828,890
Payables and accrued expenses$235,926$280,911$137,826$140,382$75,086
Other current liabilities$8,238,494$8,476,926$8,759,558$8,247,825$8,450,343
Total current liabilities$8,474,420$8,757,837$8,897,384$8,388,207$8,525,429
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$90,964$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$96,868$75,826$144,364$211,547$277,401
Total liabilities$8,571,288$8,833,663$9,041,748$8,599,754$8,802,830
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$7,405,822$7,173,248$5,732,895$6,806,312$6,925,276
With donor restrictions$3,824,634$1,773,593$110,837$111,844$100,784
Net assets$11,230,456$8,946,841$5,843,732$6,918,156$7,026,060
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,804,195$3,198,275$1,969,799$937,973$1,042,517
Program service revenue$8,402,304$7,133,594$4,172,606$8,802,898$8,476,571
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,502$3,666$28,984$93,989$24,616
Other revenue$445,928$138,082($31,163)$248,995$712,792
Total other revenue$8,852,734$7,275,342$4,170,427$9,145,882$9,213,979
Total revenue$11,656,929$10,473,617$6,140,226$10,083,855$10,256,496
Program services$7,470,288$5,859,965$5,302,839$7,778,865$7,603,887
Management and general$1,742,100$1,317,574$1,782,782$2,321,500$2,317,317
Total expenses$9,420,396$7,375,186$7,226,697$10,191,759$10,011,670
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$2,236,533$3,098,431($1,086,471)($107,904)$244,826
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,236,533$3,098,431($1,086,471)($107,904)$244,826


Leighton Cole AdamsSr. Dir. of Fin. & Admin.$127,480
Miranda BurtonInterim President (Part Year)$55,000
John MacdonaldTrustee / President$30,985
W Dudley CallisonCEO/President (Part Year)$26,694

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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We started T Bar M in 1981 as a way to connect people more deeply to the love of God, through good old-fashioned play in the midst of the beauty of His creation.

Three decades and change later, we may have grown to over 350 summer staffers, added 120 more acres on Lake Travis (and more paint balls than we can count), and draw campers from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and states across the nation, but we haven't strayed one bit from that mission.

Program accomplishments

Over 30,000 people experience T Bar M every year with their group, company, school or though our kids summer camp.