What Coaching Basketball Teaches me about Outdoor Ministry Soul Care

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.

Outdoor Bible Study (Ephesians 2:1-10): “Spiritually alive” or “spiritually dead?”

How do you know if you are “spiritually alive” or “spiritually dead?” How can we enjoy the abundant life the way God intended us to experience?

Christian Outdoor Leadership book is a Resource for Adventure Therapy

I bought this book the day it was released, and could not put it down until I was done! To say I agree would be an understatement. I am currently finishing my bachelor’s in Adventure Therapy, with a minor in Religion-came back to school at 40 and majored in Theology…

Listen TODAY to Ashley Denton’s interview about Outdoor Leadership and How Jesus Used the Wilderness with His Disciples… Family Life Radio’s Kurt Goff did the interview…

Listen to my interview with Kurt Goff of Family Life Radio about my book on outdoor leadership and the ministry of Jesus. I discuss the biblical foundation for outdoor ministry and wilderness leadership. Click here to listen to the interview… Thanks for listening, Ashley Denton  

Ashley Denton’s Book, Christian Outdoor Leadership, is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon!

To buy the book just click here.  I hope you enjoy the book!  And if you would like to help get the word out, you can simply copy this URL: http://bit.ly/gyFPF6,  and paste into your Facebook or Twitter status update and it will go out to all of your friends.  Thank you for your support.  […]

The Impact of an Adventure Pastor | by Ashley Denton

Excerpt from Ashley Denton’s book Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory and Practice While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of […]

Timothy Tennent of Asbury Seminary Endorses Denton’s Book

After spending five years working on this book I am encouraged that others are seeing the need for what I’m writing about.  I’m really grateful for Dr. Timothy C. Tennent’s recent endorsement of my book.  Timothy Tennent is the author of Christianity at the Religious Roundtable: Evangelicalism in Conversation with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and […]

A Spiritual Formation Reflection: Why did the Desert Fathers Run Deep into the Desert to Reclaim their Culture? Was Running away Cowardly or Courageous?

“In fourth century Egypt, many devout Christians were struggling to survive in a society that seemed to have an unbridled disregard for God.  Like a house burning violently from within, the only choice many devout Christians felt they had was to run for their lives before being consumed by the culture.  They ran to the […]

A Theological Perspective on Adventure

“Scrambling over rocks, zig-zagging between bear grass and some other clumpy desert ground cover, His feet testing each step to make sure it was solid… finally He reached the summit.  Wind howling, and the storm sounding like the opening music to an eerie mystery movie, He sat quietly for what seemed like hours watching with eagle eye a small […]

What is Wilderness Ministry?

People today are yearning to be freed from the chaotic pace of modern life. Busyness has only deepened our starvation for experiences that cause true transformation. Wilderness ministry aims at helping people find more peace and productivity by imitating Jesus’ rhythm of work and retreat.