Our Mission & Ministry
DaySpring plays a vital role in the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Southwest Florida. DaySpring’s mission is “to be a sacred place in the heart of our diocesan community that exists to enrich and empower all people in Christ.” We feel the best way to do that is through our ministry of hospitality.
DaySpring is open to all persons who are seeking spiritual renewal and personal growth, regardless of denominational affiliation. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
We believe our guests leave DaySpring having experienced rest and renewal. They find it in the natural beauty and tranquility of this sacred place and in the love and caring expressed by others on their own spiritual journeys. Each year thousands come to DaySpring and leave enriched and empowered.
The DaySpring Conference Center opened in 1983. The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida built DaySpring on the north bank of the Manatee River just east of Ellenton, Florida. The first buildings constructed at DaySpring were Curry Hall and six cottages for 90 overnight quests.
DaySpring gained instant popularity. Demand quickly outgrew its capacity. Dormitory buildings along with additional meeting rooms and a pavilion were added to accommodate larger groups. St. Thomas Chapel, originally built in 1914 for an Episcopal congregation in Safety Harbor, Florida, was moved to the site in 1986. Over the years, DaySpring has purchased adjoining property and buildings. Four Youth Cabins and a second large pavilion were added in the late 90’s.
Today, DaySpring has 18 buildings on its 92-acre campus and features tranquil settings, nature trails, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a full scale Ropes Course for team building and leadership training as well as our waterfront offering canoeing, kayaking, and sailing on the Manatee River. Future development calls for expansion of our current dining hall and kitchen and construction of additional private and semi-private overnight accommodations and additional meeting rooms.