When I started skiing in 1975, I could have never imagined the idea of snowboarding. But technology never ceases to amaze me. Snowboard technology in particular has revolutionized snow sports. Just look at how skis today are looking more and more like snowboards–tips are wider, shorter length is better, etc. Have you noticed that over […]
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…
Especially youth workers are discovering that outdoor ministry programs are cost-effective and incredibly fruitful for building relationships, presenting the Gospel, and helping young people grow deeper in their faith.
Rather than having to buy a satellite phone, which can be too costly for a start up outdoor ministry, this week DeLorme launched a bit of outdoor gear that will be a game changer for start up outdoor ministries.
The seasons are like a compass or a signpost, they orient us toward God as our loving Creator.
Regardless of one’s views of conservation of natural resources, if one takes a bird’s eye view of God’s creation, it seems quite curious why God would create so much terrain that is virtually uninhabitable. Maybe it is because we need those places?
Winter provides some of the richest opportunities for outdoor ministry, recreation, and solitude….
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…
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.