My friend Steve White writes about how God used time in the wilderness to show him that all his life he had been a workaholic. His wounds made him aloof to the needs of his wife and children, and ultimately led his family to a complete train wreck. In Steve’s words, the reason why his family went through such brokenness was because as a man, he had spent most of his adult life, “Blinded by Good Intentions.” If you are looking for men’s ministry ideas or inspiration to start a men’s ministry, this is a good place to start. Steve gave me permission to share a few excerpts from his book, “Blinded by Good Intentions”.
Later that evening, after dinner, I gathered the guys around the campfire on the canyon rim. I played some worship music on my CD player and instructed the guys to get comfortable and contemplate God’s presence as we gazed on the canyon in the setting sun. There’s no way to adequately describe that view at that time of day, brilliant, eye-popping, just awe inspiring!
People intrinsically know that to experience greatness is going to require something form them. Those things that are most precious and highly valuable also come with a commensurate cost. Here are some risk quotes to use in teaching others about the need for risk in adventure…
Listen to my interview with Kurt Goff of Family Life Radio about my book on outdoor leadership and the ministry of Jesus. I discuss the biblical foundation for outdoor ministry and wilderness leadership. Click here to listen to the interview… Thanks for listening, Ashley Denton
A youthworker in Italy, shares how he was greatly “refreshed” by reading the book, Christian Outdoor Leadership….Since the book was written to be a cross-culturally relevant resource, it is great to hear feedback from folks who are doing youth work and wilderness ministry in other parts of the world.
Thanks Jim for your brief and pithy article that makes a strong case for the growing need to train future Christian leaders and pastors to have a more sustainable rhythm to their ministries and better skills at communicating the Gospel through experiential learning techniques like Jesus did.
Today I read a youth pastor’s response to a comment I made in my book about why the Desert Fathers and their wilderness experiences have so much to teach us today.
This inaugural edition of the Ashley Denton’s Adventure Pastor’s Blog Series is an excerpt from his book Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory and Practice: . “When I was twelve years old, the pastor of my church, Doug Self, invited my dad, me and another friend, Mike, to go on a backpacking trip to the base […]