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 […]
I love coaching visionary leaders in ministry, and if I may be so bold, I actually think that pausing regularly to enjoy God and all that he has made around us is one of the things that promotes longevity in ministry.
Outdoor leadership has some unique variables that highlight how imperative it is to have a mentor.
The story of David and Goliath provides a perfect example of a young man who had found the secret of true confidence. His lifestyle as a desert shepherd was one of worship. And when game time came for him to lead confidently, his confidence was proven to be true, and powerful.
What do successful leaders do differently? Are there certain attitudes and habits that make some outdoor leaders more successful than others? In this post I share how a one-day seminar 23 years ago radically altered my attitude about leadership.
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.
Aaron Coret had a paralyzing accident on a snow board, yet instead of giving up, decided to turn his disability into a gift to serve the boarding community by designing a landing pad to try new tricks before testing them on the real white stuff.
One of the things Jon said while commenting on the Oceans 8 project really resonated with me as a profoundly important outdoor ministry maxim: “Kayaks are not my passion: what motivates me is where it gets us to and the people it takes us to…”
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.
I’ve seen a lot of outdoor gurus try to lead others and fail because they are so focused on themselves and the persona they are trying to put off to others. Wilderness leadership is about “heart skills” first, then hard skill development.