“Christian minister highlights importance of teaching in nature”
“Christian Outdoor Leadership” by Ashley Denton, D. Min., shows Christians how to follow a rhythm of work and retreat in the beauty of nature
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – While most people today yearn to be freed from the chaotic pace of modern life, their busy lives do not make this possible. Written for the busy Christian, Ashley Denton’s “Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practices” (ISBN 0615413250) advises how to find peace and productivity by imitating Jesus Christ’s rhythm of work and retreat.
As hectic as the world seems today, first century Palestine and its citizens faced distractions and burdens of prosperity, poverty and false religions that were just as troubling, says Denton. As Jesus looked into the culture of His day, He decided on a strategy to change the world after choosing a young group of disciples. He began using the wilderness as His primary classroom, and knew that people needed time in the outdoors to rest mentally and physically. Jesus’ teachings, coupled with the wilderness, helped His disciples disconnect from worldly entanglements that choked their faith.
As a minister, Denton applies the principles of Robert Coleman’s “Master Plan of Evangelism” to his teachings. The revolutionary idea of patterning ministry after the way Jesus did it is incredibly simple, yet deeply profound asserts the author. By equipping a few people through Christ, a ministry can multiply.
“This book expands on Coleman’s chapter on Demonstration to highlight in detail the significance of the outdoors, in which Jesus conducted much of His ministry training,” Denton said. “Jesus used His creation as the backdrop for His teachings. I view nature as His primary classroom.”
It is critical in our increasingly urban world to have opportunities to encounter Jesus through wilderness experiences, says Denton. His book aims to help readers rediscover the ancient discipleship method which produced leaders such as Noah, Moses and Paul.
“Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author:
Ashley Denton, D. Min., is currently the director of Wilderness Ministry Institute, which encourages indigenous leaders in some 20 nations to introduce young people to Christ through youth ministry and outdoor adventure. He also serves as a professor of outdoor leadership at Denver Theological Seminary.
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