7 WAYS WILDERNESS MINISTRY CAN IMPACT YOUR CHURCH As a fellow pastor, mission leader, and dad, I want to share 7 reasons why youth pastors, men’s and women’s ministry leaders who want to be on the cutting edge of reaching the culture will prioritize wilderness trips:...read more
Wilderness Navigation Informs A Quest For Truth
I am so excited to have guest blogger, Emily Huguenin, use her 10+ years of outdoor ministry experience to give insight into how wilderness navigation informs a quest for truth. She has written a 3-part series identifying obstacles in the search for “What is True?” (John 18:38) and how wilderness experiences help you overcome them. Here is a brief overview of each obstacle. Be sure to check them out to have a deeper look into how wilderness navigation helps you overcome them!
OBSTACLE#1: Disconnect From Reality and Truth
Wilderness navigation is often a return to nature’s reality for those of us who spend too much time in more insulated environments. Wilderness travel necessitates an orientation to our surroundings, an observation of weather patterns, and face-to-face conversations with our companions. In the wilderness, I’m forced to observe and draw conclusions based on the facts inherent in my surroundings. Read more: How Wilderness Navigation Reconnects You to Truth
OBSTACLE#2: Data Misrepresentation
A solid understanding of map, compass, and GPS use is essential for backcountry navigation, even in areas with established trails. For life navigation, the Bible is an essential tool to provide guidance and understanding. Read more: What’s the Best Map for Navigation? The Bible
OBSTACLE#3: Doubting Your Own Ability to Interpret Truth
It can be easy to doubt our ability to interpret truth or even the existence of absolute truth. However, Jesus declared Himself “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6), and assures you that you can know Him and see His power at work in creation, in society, and in your own heart. Read More: Don’t Doubt Your Ability To Interpret Truth
Emily Huguenin is a lifelong adventurer who has been guiding outdoor experiences for youth since 2005. She started her career in outdoor leadership by earning a B.A. in Bible/Theology and Camping Ministry from Appalachian Bible College, and an M.S. in Environmental Education from Montreat College. Emily spent the past ten years directing outdoor education programs, high adventure camps, and wilderness-focused residential summer camps in mountainous places including West Virginia and Wyoming.
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