Hundreds of Things Experiential Learning Teachers Can Learn from the Way Jesus Taught

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Why to so few experiential learning educators look to Jesus’ as a model experiential educator? This is like taking William Shakespeare or Charles Dickens out of an English Literature course. It can be compared to MBA program not mentioning Steve Jobs or Peter Drucker. For experiential learning advocates and outdoor education specialists, trying to avoid looking at Jesus as a model master teacher is just as ill-informed as an architecture professor neglecting to draw attention to Frank Lloyd Wright or Fredrick Law Olmsted. I believe that Jesus is not often mentioned as a master experiential learning educator because of an inadequate awareness of the facts.

You Can Drastically Improve Small Group Discussion Questions by Using the VISION Inductive Bible Study Method

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The wilderness is a great leveler that will prepare people to open up. But you don’t wake up one day and automatically know how to facilitate discussions with a diverse group of people. If you want your group to discover the meaning of a biblical text and apply it to their lives without you spoon-feeding them, then the soft skill of writing well-crafted questions is a must.

Trends in Youth Ministry Point to a Need for More Outdoor Ministry

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Well-researched trends in youth ministry are pointing to the need for more emphasis on small group outdoor adventure programs. Yet churches, seminaries, and non-profits are still way behind in prioritizing extended outdoor retreats in their student ministry programs. We can help!

Here is a Biblical Lesson Best Taught by the Moon Itself

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There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. Last week I had the privilege of sea kayaking on the Mediterranean […]

4 Proven Steps to Sustaining a Wilderness Ministry

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Due to the breakdown of family and the disconnectedness of urban communities, the distractions of technology, and the signs of eroding trust in our youth culture, people in the coming years will respond more and more to small group approaches to ministry. The time is ripe for a great expansion of wilderness ministry that promotes […]

Please Take My 2014 Reader Survey for Outdoor Leaders

Thank you so much for being a part of the Outdoor Leadership blog! It is my goal to equip outdoor leaders with the tools they need for leading effective outdoor ministries. In order to make the blog as useful and relevant to you as possible, I need your help! Could you take a moment to […]

Celebrating 40 Years of Summit Adventure

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This week I am highlighting one of our Recommended Outdoor Programs, Summit Adventure. They are located in Bass Lake, California, but also operate internationally. Summit Adventure’s focus is to provide custom adventure programs  and  experiential education as tools to strengthen relationships with God and others. They have been on the cutting edge of Wilderness Leadership […]

These Painted Hills Point to the Intelligent Design of a Skilled “Painter”

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When I am pressed due to circumstances to fully trust in God, the display of beauty in Creation points me to the Intelligent Design of a Painter who has the sovereign ability to attend to my circumstances. As I snapped this photo in the Wind Rivers in Wyoming recently I couldn’t help but to think […]

4 WAYS TO CONVINCE NON-OUTDOORSY FRIENDS HIKING & CAMPING IS WORTH IT

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I remember someone telling me they didn’t understand why anyone would want to hike because you can see just about anything you wanted from your car. Yeah, seeing it is cool, but how about seeing it, smelling it, hearing it, feeling it, and tasting it? God gave us five senses for a reason.