I love the concept of “facilitation” in outdoor ministry because it represents an important skill that helps people get the most out of an experience. Yet how many of these “facilitators” would actually impact more people if they transitioned from a season of “facilitation” and embarked into a season of “initiation?”
Recently a leader from a church called my friend Matt Scott to ask him for some advice in starting a new church-based outdoor ministry. Here are 7 profound insights and “how-tos” from Mountain View Backcountry on how to start a church-based outdoor ministry.
If Jesus chose the wilderness as a favorite setting to shape his disciples into dynamic leaders, then is it not equally critical in our increasingly urban world for people to encounter Him through wilderness adventure?
I want to share 7 reasons why I believe youth pastors who want to be on the cutting edge of reaching the culture will prioritize wilderness trips with their youth. And one of my Recommended Outdoor Programs, Sky Ranch Ute Trail, is leading the way, showing how camps can link arms with local churches to help young people encounter Jesus in the wilderness.
This is a great example of an amateur made outdoor ministry video that does the job of inspiring and informing folks about what Mountain View Backcountry has to offer.
One of the greatest obstacles to carrying out your outdoor ministry is your view of money. Its important to talk about finances, because lack of money often derails well-meaning outdoor ministry visionaries.
Outdoor ministry programs that I recommend provide a style of ministry that seeks to help connect people to Jesus through various types of experiences in the outdoors…
Wondering how to start up an outdoor ministry? Here is some outdoor ministry curriculum that that may help: Outdoor Ministry Start Up Kit.
Given the history of Czech Republic and the fact that it is considered the most athiestic country in the world, it is amazing to see how God is drawing young people to Christ through this incredibly well-organized outdoor adventure camping ministry.
Video by Thomas Haines Outdoor Ministry as a Mission Strategy? An interview with a catalytic Nepali youthworker on “The Challenges and Opportunities of Youth Work in the Buddhist/ Hindu Religious Context of Nepal” (Hom Tamang is a Nepali youthworker and the director of Nepal Outdoor Adventure (NOA), a micro-enterprise mission project of Wilderness Ministry Institute. […]