G.K. Chesterton was a 20th century poet probably never tried mountaineering or backcountry skiing, but he wrote something that will make anyone think again if they haven’t placed much value on recreational pursuits. He writes… It is the happy man who does the useless things; the sick man is not strong enough to be idle. Jesus […]
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 […]
Recently a leader from a church called my friend Matt Scott to ask him for some advice in starting a new church-based outdoor ministry. Here are 7 profound insights and “how-tos” from Mountain View Backcountry on how to start a church-based outdoor ministry.
If Jesus chose the wilderness as a favorite setting to shape his disciples into dynamic leaders, then is it not equally critical in our increasingly urban world for people to encounter Him through wilderness adventure?
Outdoor leadership and adventure camping are becoming more common tools for ministries in a wide representation of countries. My blog continues to look at some of the rationale behind why I believe outdoor leadership is a vital tool for missions in the years to come.
I think its time for more outdoor ministry programs and universities that offer Christian outdoor leadership degrees to produce a high quality outdoor ministry video to promote their own programs as well as to offer tutorials to aspiring outdoor leaders who aspire to do outdoor ministry.
There are many styles of evangelism, none of which is the “right way”. But one thing is for certain… in wilderness ministry you never have to resort to a hit-and-run style of evangelism. You have plenty of time to ask questions, get to know other people’s views, and then take opportunities to share your own testimony after you have won the right to be heard.
One of my outdoor leadership classes at Denver Seminary made videos addressing some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding wilderness ministry. Here is the winner…
Jesus Christ spent 3 years with a group of young friends who were all over the map in their spiritual awareness of who Jesus really was.
In a week-long wilderness experience you will typically spend as much time with a person as you would during a twelve-month period of typical ministry activities back at home. As a result, people usually open up more because of spending so much time on the log.