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Do you have to be baptist to host an event at Lake Yale?

One of the top questions we are asked is “Do you have to be a baptist to host an event at Lake Yale?” and the simple answer is, no! As a ministry center, we are dedicated to Christ and His work and, though there may be areas in which we do not completely agree, we know that God can and is working in other denominations to fulfill His mission. In order to assist you in answering the question “Can I book my group at Lake Yale” we’ve borrowed a chart idea from our friends at to help work through some of the big questions.

The chart is separated into three sections: Primary Doctrine, Secondary Doctrine, and Doubtful Things.

Primary Doctrines are the areas in which we cannot and will not compromise. We hold that these are clearly articulated in scripture without question and are a matter of deep concern at the core of our Christian faith. If you differ with us on these areas, your group would not be able to book an event at LYBCC as it would violate our mission.

Secondary Doctrines is where many of our groups find themselves. These are issues where brothers might disagree but would still be considered in the same family; where there may be room for interpretation that doesn’t violate any Primary Doctrine. If your group differs with us on these areas, that’s okay, so long as it doesn’t directly affect any Primary Doctrine (i.e. If your end times view, eschatology, is that aliens are coming to take you and your people away, that would be a violation of the Primary Doctrine of the bodily return of Christ, biblical inerrancy and authority, etc. and would prevent you from booking. However, if you have an a-millennial, premillennial, post-millennial, or pan-millennial view of eschatology, it would not keep your group from attending/booking). Many of our groups fall within this category and we enjoy rich fellowship with them and work hard to ensure they have a wonderful experience from start to finish. If you are concerned about your difference from us in one of these areas, give us a call or email us. We’ll be happy to go over it with you.

Doubtful Things are areas where, even within the same church or denomination, you might find people who hold different views. These are discerned individually and would not preclude anyone from booking at LYBCC so long as your views on these matters do not violate any of the Primary Doctrines. In short, it isn’t important to us what worship style you want to do here, as long as it is honoring to God and doesn’t violate Primary Doctrine or our policies*, you are welcome to worship here as you see fit.

This graphic is not meant to be exhaustive, so if you have a specific question about an area of doctrine or where we stand on certain issues, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to walk through it with you. For specific information on our biblical understanding of certain issues please consult the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 and the Nashville Statement.

Primary Doctrine

Definition: These issues define Christianity. Not every doctrine here is an aspect of the gospel, but each one is clearly articulated in Scripture, and are not up to interpretation.

Principle: We hold fast to these doctrines. Differences in these issues would exclude a group from booking at LYBCC

References: 1 Cor 15:3-4, 2 Cor 6:14, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Titus 1:9, 2 Pet 2:1-3, 1 John 4:2-3

The Gospel Message

  • Sinfulness of Man
  • Unique nature of Christ
  • Substitutionary atonement
  • Justification by faith alone

Articles of Faith

  • Biblical inerrancy and authority
  • Bodily return of Christ
  • Future judgement
  • God as infinite/personal
  • Image of God in man
  • Trinity

Christian Life and Practice

  • Biblical ethics/morality
  • Gender roles and identity
  • Sexuality
  • Sanctity of human life

These are areas in which we cannot compromise and that define who we are as Christians and as a ministry.

Secondary Doctrine

Definition: These issues are areas of disagreement among Christians, and the interpretation depends on hermeneutics. These are rooted in church history and, at times, will result in denominational divides. However, differences on these issues should not keep you from booking at Lake Yale.

Principle: We stand on these things, and understand those who may think differently than we do.

References: Mark 9:38-41, Acts 15:39, 2Tim 2:14-15, Titus 3:8-11

Worldview Shaping Issues

  • Age of the earth
  • Calvinism/Arminianism
  • Covenant Theology/Dispensationalism
  • End Times/Eschatology
  • Lordship Salvation/Free grace
  • Continuationism/Cessationism


  • Church Government/membership
  • Contextualization
  • Corporate worship style
  • Methods of baptism
  • Methods of communion
  • Methods of evangelism
  • Ministry Qualifications (some)

These are areas where we may not agree, however, we can work together for the sake of the gospel.

Doubtful Things

Definition: These issues are to be discerned individually as the Spirit will bind and loose Christian consciences differently. These are matters of wisdom and foolishness; they are not inherently right or wrong. And, so far as it does not affect any primary doctrine, these issues are of little-to-no concern regarding your ability to book your group at Lake Yale!

Principle: Obey your God-given conscience, don’t cause others to stumble, and be wise.

References: Prov 9:10, Rom 14, 1Cor 8:9, Gal 5:13, Eph 5:15-16, Col 2:16-23

  • Bible translations
  • Clothes
  • Food
  • Hobbies
  • Holidays
  • Mission Field
  • Music and other media
  • Personal appearance
  • Personal finances
  • Personal healthcare decisions
  • Personality
  • Politics
  • Schooling
  • Social networks
  • Tattoos

These areas are areas that we can disagree on but still have strong fellowship together

What You Can Expect


Sports/Active Amenities

Looking for some fun and active things to do while you’re here? Check out these fun amenities:

  • Canoes*
  • 9-Hole Disc Golf Course
  • Acres of Field Space
  • Olympic Size Swimming pool
  • Basketball and Volleyball Courts
  • Cornhole/Baggo game
  • High & Low Ropes Course*
  • Fishing Ponds
  • Boat Ramp
  • Children’s Playground
  • Softball/Baseball fields
  • and more coming soon…

* = There is additional fee for these indicated activities

Relaxing/Low Impact Amenities

Looking for something a little more laid back to do? We have that as well:

  • Hammock Village
  • Table Games
  • Fire Pits
  • Shopping in the Tree of Life Gift Shoppe
  • Pose for pictures amidst our Live Oaks
  • Watch multiple different wildlife onsite
  • Relax with a book in a porch swing
  • See Seaplanes practice splash-n-go’s on the lake
  • Take in the beautiful sunrise over the lake
  • And so much more…
Click here to view our campus map.

Policies and Procedures

30 days after receiving contract: The contract must be signed and returned with the 15% non-refundable deposit, a statement of faith or purpose of your group (first time guests), and a certificate of liability insurance*Deposits can be paid by check payable to Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center or by Credit Card online or by calling our office.

Your booking is not confirmed until the contract AND deposit have been received.

All deposits and payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

*Certificate Requirements: The liability certificate must be valid for the dates of your contract and reflect Lake Yale as a “certificate holder” as follows: Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, 39034 CR 452, Leesburg, FL 34788. It can be obtained from your group’s liability insurance agent and is a matter of information only and confers no rights upon the certificate holder. Such certificate does not amend, extend, or alter the coverage afforded by the policies listed within the certificate.

60 days prior to arrival: A 35% non-refundable deposit is due at this time and it is the final day to make contract changes. The guaranteed amount for the total amount contracted is locked-in and due in the event that the invoice total falls below that amount.

30 days prior to arrival: A package of information will be emailed to you containing important information about specific needs of your group (i.e. lodging and meeting room floor plans and set up, meal counts, and break request forms).

14 days prior to arrival: All completed forms are due as well as a copy of the program (if applicable) and any other requests. Your final numbers are due to our office at this time. Please note that you are responsible for no less than the guaranteed amount that is reflected on your contract. Your final payment will be due at this time.

3 business days before event: This is the last opportunity you have to contact our office with any additions for your event. Commuters must be registered by this time. A Late Fee will be assessed if people are added after 3 business days. All balances must be paid before keys are administered. Late Fee for adding people after the 3 Business Days: $25 per day / per person will be added to your bill.

Day of Event:  Arrive at Lake Yale’s main office to receive your welcome packet and keys.

Our   office   is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If your group will be arriving on the weekend, please make arrangements with guest services to coordinate a time for check-in and ensure you have everything you need before your group arrives. Keys will be given to the group leader by our on-call personnel.

Adherence to the guidelines in this document helps to ensure that the ministry of Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center remains a valuable resource for your group, and other Christian and non-profit groups, for years to come. We appreciate your understanding and compliance.

Every effort has been made to provide an adequate meal schedule to accommodate all of our guests. The following are the set serving and closing times for meals:

Breakfast: Serving Time: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. / Closing Time: 9:00 a.m.

Lunch: Serving Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Closing Time: 1:30 p.m.

Dinner: Serving Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. / Closing Time: 7:00 p.m.

 (Any variations to these times must be submitted in writing & approved sixty days prior to your group’s arrival).

Please note that while you are here, you may be sharing the dining hall with other groups. Please be respectful and courteous to all.

Swimming is one thing everyone wants to do during the hottest months of the year! Our swimming pool is open April – August for our guests. In order to ensure that everyone has a chance to enjoy the refreshment of our olympic-sized swimming pool, we offer the following set times for the use of the swimming pool:

South Camp: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

North Camp: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Conference Area: 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

(Any variations of these times must be submitted in writing & approved sixty days prior to your group’s arrival).

Current lifeguard CPR/ AED & First Aid documentation are required in order to use the swimming pool:

  • Two certified lifeguards: up to 50 people
  • Three certified lifeguards: 51 to 75 people
  • Four certified lifeguards: 76-100 people


Maximum pool capacity is 100 persons.
Lifeguard and/or Lake Yale reserve the right to the close the pool if not followed.

Guests at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center understand and acknowledge that Lake Yale is a Southern Baptist facility.  As such, conduct that is contrary to the beliefs and tenets of Southern Baptists is not permitted on facility grounds.  In general, conduct that is not permitted includes, but is not limited to: drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking, excessive public displays of affection, excessively revealing clothing or swimwear, public advocacy of conduct or lifestyles which are not condoned by the Bible (as interpreted by Southern Baptists).  If a guest has any questions regarding whether a specific act is permissible, the management at Lake Yale will be more than happy to answer any such questions.  Failure to get such clarification before acting in an impermissible manner will not excuse the conduct, nor will it be grounds for avoiding the consequences of such conduct.  Any determination by management regarding the admissibility of any conduct will be final.


Lake Yale guests understand and acknowledge that they are responsible for their actions.  Should any guest be found to have violated any facility rules and/or acted in a manner inconsistent with the beliefs and tenets of Southern Baptists, such guest will risk having their stay cut short.  Should a group be found to have engaged in impermissible conduct (or encouraged an individual to do so), the entire group will be subject to having their stay cut short.  Any such individual or group may also forfeit any future use of the Lake Yale facility (regardless of whether reservations for such future use have been made and/or accepted).  While Lake Yale reserves the right to do so in extenuating circumstances, the standard policy is that there will be no refunds of any unused portion of a stay should an individual or group be removed from the facility for impermissible conduct.


Should there arise any dispute between a Lake Yale guest and Lake Yale which relates in any way to a visit to Lake Yale, the guest(s) and Lake Yale shall submit the dispute to mediation and, if necessary, binding arbitration (such arbitration being conducted in accordance with the rules for arbitration used by Peacemakers Ministries).  If the dispute proceeds to arbitration, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover, on demand, all costs, expenses and fees, including reasonable attorneys’ and paralegal fees incurred in connection therewith.

  1. A responsible adult for every six children or youth (under the age of eighteen) must be provided by the group. All groups are responsible for obtaining a level 2 screening background check for each worker supervising minors & have them available during your stay (compliance with DCF regulations in accordance with FL Statute (409.175) Chapter 409 Section 175 (K)).
  2. Check-in time is after 2pm and check-out time is 9am for all bookings. Extended check-out may be available for a small fee based on availability.
  3. Any damage beyond normal wear and tear will be charged and placed on your bill.
  4. Lake Yale is a smoke-free, alcohol-free & drug-free facility. Any evidence of smoking, alcohol, or illegal drugs may result in a dismissal from the property and incur a damage fee.
  5. Only RV occupants can bring leashed pets. Any evidence of pets outside of the RV park may result in a dismissal from the property and incur a cleaning fee.
  6. Firearms, explosives, fireworks, and other similar devices are strictly prohibited.
  7. Daily linen service will be provided in hotel rooms. Linen is not provided in the camps (linen packets are available for a fee).
  8. Digital cameras, video, or other recording devices are absolutely prohibited in bathrooms or changing areas.
  9. First aid and safety considerations are your group’s responsibility. Please instruct your guests of the dangers associated with the wildlife indigenous to central Florida especially in the undeveloped areas of the property including the lake, woods, or underbrush. Do not feed any wild animal.
  10. Please instruct your participants to remain in the specific lodging and meeting areas you have been assigned being mindful of others who are sharing the facility with your group.
  11. Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center assumes no responsibility for items left unattended on our premises.
  12. Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center reserves the right to enter any room for cleaning, maintenance, emergencies or any other reason deemed necessary where a “Do not disturb” sign has been hanging for more than 24 hours.

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