As an outdoor leader, I always find summers end to bring a time of debriefing and rest. Summer, while amazing and full of adventure, can be quite draining. Leading others into the wilderness is physically, emotionally, and spiritually demanding. This rest is welcome and necessary, but I have learned to not let the off season […]
Jesus captivate the imagination of his audience, but he also motivated them to change. He did this by creating a thirst for learning so they would actually “hear” what he was saying. Thirst cannot be satisfied if you are not yet thirsty.
After you spend several hours or days in the wilderness, what are some of the challenges you feel when you return to the city?
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About You | A Conversation Starter
Like a familiar path you’ve have hiked many times, relationships can sometimes become too familiar. Even people we have known for a long time have mysteries and surprises just waiting to be discovered.
On the familiar paths we need to slow down and notice the details. Surprises and joy awaits those who look deeper into the detail.
Next time you are on an outing with a friend, SUPing, hiking, biking… try this conversation starter: “Tell me something I don’t know about you.” Be prepared to answer the same question when it boomerangs back to you.
Is it time to bring some more variety into your teaching style? Jesus made the effort to vary his teaching techniques, and for good reason. He motivated his listeners to participate with him in the learning process. He wanted to move audiences to become active participants. He taught for impact.
Ask yourself, “Am I facilitating in a way that puts me and what I know at the front and center of the discussion or am I creating space for my group (including myself) to reflect on a topic as equals, out of each person’s unique experience?”
For many youth today, their ipod or iphone is more important for them to have close at hand than anything else in their backpack. Since outdoor ministry is about first about transformation, outdoor leaders who understand the art of facilitation need to view this seeming obstacle to a “true wilderness experience”, as an opportunity to help young people see how their addiction to connectivity might be wounding their soul.
Outdoor Leaders are a living model of what good political leaders should be doing for us. Outdoor adventure is a platform to teach biblical political views.
This had been one epic trip so far. The group of high school kids were loving life as we had traveled deep into the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness area of southern Colorado. We camped that night high on a ledge in Snowslide Basin and after a great dinner and stories around the stove, we went to bed for a cozy night’s sleep. Yet unbeknownst to us, a crisis was foreboding.
It was one of the first backpacking trips I ever guided. We were halfway into our first day, the group was doing well as we plodded up some moderately steep terrain. I was in the back of the group, having some great conversation with a kid, trying to take our minds off of the physical challenge, when all of a sudden things turned south