He was a dreamer of vast dreams that came true and he plucked ideas out of the very hat of heaven. For thirty years he was a professor of literature and athletic coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where a Department of Creative Living was established for him. He was possessed of a soul's sincere desire to know God experientially and not by hearsay, and this kept him seeking for a pattern by which this could be accomplished for himself and others. the Camps Farthest Out movement is the result of that drive.
In 1942 he resigned from his position at the College to give all his time to helping others discover this integration of body, mind and spirit in God. In 1956 he resigned his position as Director of the Camps Farthest Out, and two months later stepped into the heavenly world and still larger service. But before leaving, he worked with members of the Camps in organizing the National Association of Camps Farthest Out of North America, subsequently shortened to the present name, Association of Camps Farthest Out.Inc
Layman, author, professor, coach, Christian mystic, man of prayer and faith - Glenn Clark believed that men and women could become "Athletes of the Spirit" His dedication to that attainment has provided him with a lasting monument, and us with a viable and unique training ground - Camps Farthest Out
Glenn Clark's life is best described as "a continuous quest for spiritual power....
He believed in God's great creative power from which flowed the fruits of the spirit; he
believed in prayer
as the most creative means of communing with God. Not only did he believe, but he could and did
teach these lessons to thousands of others."
As one of the most widely published authors on the life of prayer in this century and founder of the "Camps Farthest Out" movement, Glenn Clark has left an unforgettable mark on the spiritual life of our day.
He has influenced all kinds of people - the sick at heart, the discouraged, the unchurched, and those who were angry at the church. Through such books as The Soul's Sincere Desire, I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, and more than fifty others, Glenn Clark enriched the lives of millions.
Glenn Clark His Life and Writings....Miles Clark
THE BEGINNING OF CFO
Glenn Clark's vision
On an island farthest out in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine in 1929 the Lord gave the dream to Glenn Clark of groups of people meeting together for a week at a time away from telephones, radios, and newspaper, to come into balance spiritually, mentally and physically.
When he shared this dream with his bible class in the Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, a group of business men agreed to underwrite such a project, and the first Camp Farthest Out met at Lake Koronis, Paynesville, Minnesota, in the summer of 1930.
The name, Camps Farthest Out, was derived from Glenn's experience on an island farthest out from his vision to take people farthest out in loving, forgiving, believing, trusting and obeying the teachings of Jesus Christ for kingdom living.
Other camps followed in other locations throughout the country until, in 1993, there were 69 camps distributed over eight area zones in the United States and Canada. Additionally, growing out of Glenn Clark's inspiration, Camps Farthest Out International - a separate corporation of CFO - has more than 100 camps and Retreats located outside North America, all around the globe.
Because so many requests for intercessory prayer came to Dr. Clark, in 1942 he founded an affiliated organization, the United Prayer Tower, with its 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week prayer-partner accessibility to those in need of prayer for any reason whatsoever.
In combination, these examples of man's reach in God's kingdom help to realize Glenn Clark's vision of a loving Christ-centered laboratory where people meet and learn how to empty themselves of self, and learn how to love God with all their strength, with all their mind, with all their heart, and with all their soul.