Sometimes while you are hiking along or paddling for a destination, the journey can get a little monotonous. Sharing pithy quotes with the person near you or with the whole group can be a great way to help people get their mind off of the pain or monotony of the journey and onto things of substance. Here are a few quotes to get you started. If you have any great quotes you like to use on your outdoor adventure trips, please comment below and share them with others to enjoy!
Wilderness travel with groups has a special potency because it affords extravagant amounts of down-time with people. When agendas subside, and the adrenaline of city life wears off, people start feeling normal again… awake to the beauty of creation and community with other people. One of the best ways to bring a group together and create memories in the wilderness is to tell stories.
When you are leading others in the outdoors, you have a lot of time to work with to grow deeper in relationships. Outdoor ministry curriculum covers a wide range of topics. Here are a few specific ideas of how to use your time well to build community on your trip
Storytelling is one of the more memorable things that can be shared together on wilderness trips. Here is a tip from Mark Twain on the use of humor… How to Tell a Story and Other Essays The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly […]
The seasons are like a compass or a signpost, they orient us toward God as our loving Creator.
It’s easy to talk about generalities with people by encouraging them to “think positively”, or “believe in yourself”, or “overcome your fears”. Those are general things that most people know they “ought” to be doing. But are they game changers? I don’t think so. By contrast, a truly effective spiritual leader will seek to know the person, and their life situation like a coach knows his players and the game they are playing. Then he can offer game changing perspective. Caring for another person’s soul involves giving specific guidance. Much like players on the court battling for the ball against a team that wants to shut them down, in the spiritual journey everyone needs someone to coach them by offering specific words on target to the unique inner-workings of their soul.
Regardless of one’s personal beliefs, I submit that the wilderness theme in the Bible has much to say about the widely embraced “comfort zone” and experiential learning theories…
I believe the best outdoor leaders who have the best long-term trajectory in the field are those with extensive field experience in a variety of contexts.
The content of Jesus’ teaching usually catches our attention, but what about the context? If you want to emulate the teaching techniques of Jesus you have to pay attention to your surroundings.
by Ashley Denton Bitter Waters Make us Appreciate the Sweet Water all the More Outdoor leadership facilitation is one of the soft skills of outdoor ministry that helps us motivate and inspire others to listen to God and learn from others. They story of how God used Israel’s parched thirst and some bitter water to […]