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 […]
Outdoor wilderness experience help you develop critical thinking and a good decision making process. Outdoor adventures are such a great training ground for leaders because they give you a keener ability to discern the will of God through solitude with him in the pristine beauty of his Creation which is absent of everyday distractions. RELATED: […]
By aligning your outdoor ministry with the youth and college programs you build sustainability into your outdoor ministry. Without sustainability, outdoor ministry programs usually only last a couple of years and then wane.
There is a growing number of organizations and Christian colleges that offer outdoor education. Our Recommended Outdoor Programs List includes all of the colleges and organizations we recommend. Every year we award colleges and outdoor ministry programs with our Best Outdoor Programs Award if they meet our criteria.
One of the most significant macro developments in human civilization is the migration toward the cities in the past one hundred years. Urbanization creates the need for young people to have more opportunities to get out into God’s creation. What can you do to help your church or favorite non-profit organization in your city prioritize getting young people out into God’s Creation?
In most outdoor programs, you can teach new guides the hard skills you require of them to safely and effectively lead groups of people into the wilderness, but the character and soft sills are much harder to train.
Sometimes I just plain run of out new ideas for fun stuff to do with groups out in the wilderness. Will you please take a couple of minutes and share funnest stuff you’ve done on a backpacking trip?
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My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. -John 10:27 THE WORLD NEEDS MORE SHEPHERD-LIKE OUTDOOR LEADERS Do we love adventure for what we get out of it, or do we love it because it bends us more toward dependency on God? Leading others in the outdoors safely and effectively […]
When I come to the end of a season of outdoor ministry (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring, etc.) I use the following SCOPE evaluation questions to “evaluate” the whole season of ministry to measure the fruit and see how we might improve.