Go Beyond. Take Class Outside | Outdoor Leadership Program @ Colorado Christian University

In the mountains God gave the law to Moses, and on a mountain, Jesus gave the Great Commission. Colorado Christian University has been on my Recommend Outdoor Programs (ROP List) for a few years. Yet recently, CCU has made huge strides in their Outdoor Leadership Minor under the leadership of the department chair, Jim Doenges. I highly recommend the outdoor leadership program at Colorado Christian University.


The future of outdoor leadership jobs is bright because young people care about relationships & the environment, & churches and businesses are looking desperately for leaders who have been shaped by experiences that have tested their ability to adapt and work on teams.

Experience + Efficiency + Exposure = Rapid Decision-Making Skills

Outdoor leaders are life-long learners who engage in a variety of wilderness experiences where they are pushed to be efficient in the midst of repeated realms of exposure.

How Outdoor Orientation Programs Prepare Students for College

The summer before I started college, I experienced a life-changing outdoor orientation program at Young Life’s Beyond Malibu in Canada. That intense time in the wilderness prepared me for the major transition to college life.

Outdoor Ministry Start Up Kit | Outdoor Ministry Curriculum

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Wondering how to start up an outdoor ministry? Here is some outdoor ministry curriculum that that may help: Outdoor Ministry Start Up Kit.

Gary Fawver Endorses Ashley Denton’s Book on Outdoor Ministry

Gary Fawver is one of the most respected Christian outdoor leaders of this century. Gary is Professor Emeritus at George Fox University and strong ties to Outward Bound. I respect Gary’s review of my book on outdoor ministry as much as anyone’s.  The insight he offers in the following review will not only encourage folks […]

Denver Seminary Outdoor Leadership 501 Syllabus

If you would like to view an abbreviated syllabus of Denver Seminary’s Outdoor Leadership 501 Foundational Course on Christian Outdoor Leadership, click here to check it out.  There are also several helpful links to books and articles on the syllabus. I hope this helps! Join my Facebook or Twitter links to stay in contact and […]

Listen TODAY to Ashley Denton’s interview about Outdoor Leadership and How Jesus Used the Wilderness with His Disciples… Family Life Radio’s Kurt Goff did the interview…

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  

Christian Outdoor Leadership in Italy

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.

Denver Seminary’s Outdoor Leadership Curriculum | Jim Doenges, SROM

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.