So What is Outdoor Ministry All About? “Did you know over half of Jesus’ teachings recorded in the Bible occurred in an outdoor setting? The New Testament contains roughly 366 coherent units of Jesus’ teaching.[i] Called pericopes, these units are sets of verses that form a unit of thought used for public teaching. Often the […]
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 […]
“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 […]
“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, […]
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.