As I sit examining the rock in my hands, it shocks me to realize how accurately it represents my guilt. At first, it looked like an average-sized rock, but when I picked it up over half of it was hidden underground. It is so big I can barely hold it above my knees, yet I feel this attachment to the rock, so strong that I don’t want to set it down.
Leadership skills and the art of following… If it hadn’t been for that delay we wouldn’t have experienced that stunning sunset-ascent of Eldorado Peak and I wouldn’t have gotten my all-time favorite summit pic.
Outdoor leadership has some unique variables that highlight how imperative it is to have a mentor.
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.
Leading others toward personal transformation requires thoughtful facilitation. And facilitation is a learned art. Implementing your desired outcomes and aims requires thinking about how you will facilitate the learning process. It’s one thing to recognize a teachable moment when it occurs, and it’s another thing to make it easy for people to grasp the meaning […]
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
This weekend (March 4-6, 2011) roughly 80 guides will participate in an intense weekend of wilderness ministry training in preparation for leading hundreds of kids in the wilderness this summer. I am often asked, “What the critical components to developing and sustaining a high quality outdoor ministry program”, and I would say that excellent guide […]
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Amy Smallwood, president of the Christian Adventure Association recently endorsed Ashley Denton’s book Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice: Ashley’s years of experience in youth ministry and wilderness adventures set the stage for this journey through the Scriptures in search of a theology of wilderness ministry. For many of us who are involved in […]
“I have led more than 35 groups of young people (group sizes averaging 10-15) on week-long wilderness journeys, encompassing over 365 days of leading and equipping in the context of outdoor adventure. These trips have spanned North America and 10 other countries, and that number continues to grow. We have observed that although the how, […]