WE FEEL LIKE A HERO ON THE MOUNTAIN, WHAT ABOUT DOWN IN THE VALLEY?

Oswald Chambers’ devotional, My Utmost for His Highest is chocked full with wisdom and illustrations for outdoor ministry applications. One my favorites is his October 2nd reflection, “The Sphere of Humiliation,” based on the mountain of transfiguration in Mark 9:2-32.

THE POWER OF ONE | THE STORY OF TELEMACHUS

If you ever feel tempted to believe that you can’t make a difference, or that your vote doesn’t count, consider a story from the 4th century about a Monk named, Telemachus. His courageous and selfless act forever changed a culture.

RIVER WALKING TO CONNECT WITH GOD | PSALM 23:2-3

One sound softens my heart and soothes my soul more than any other: the trickle of a brook, the gurgle of a tributary, the gush of a stream, the rush of a waterfall, the roar of a river, and the hush of a waterway. Each sound summons a deep restful peace.

IS YOUR FAITH ANCHORED IN THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF GOD? | HEBREWS 11:10

The trustworthiness of God is the anchor of our faith in him. Yet even though he can be trusted, we continue to doubt or wane in our faith at times. That is why wilderness experiences are so valuable–they lift us out of our pits of doubt.

3 PERSPECTIVES ON CHRISTIAN OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP JOBS

The future of outdoor leadership jobs is bright because young people care about relationships & the environment, & churches and businesses are looking desperately for leaders who have been shaped by experiences that have tested their ability to adapt and work on teams.

HEBREWS 11:8-9 | ABRAHAM’S TENT-LIKE FAITH | OUTDOOR MINISTRY INKLINGS

The author of Hebrews highlights Abraham’s Tent-like faith… Like the pioneers who traveled out West, Abraham set out on a long journey not really knowing where he was going, living in tents with his extended family, believing that in obedience to God’s call there would be reward beyond measure.

PRACTICAL WAYS OUTDOOR MINISTRY ENHANCES THE FIELDS OF SOCIOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK

Outdoor ministry can help people who may need to come to a place where they can live life with dignity again, have the life skills to find a well-paying job, or get the healing and biblical counseling they need to forgive and move on from the wounds of broken relationships and families.

3 WAYS OUTDOOR MINISTRY TEACHES ADAPTATION SKILLS | 1 SAMUEL 17

When David’s father Jesse sent David to resupply his brothers on the front lines of the battle against the Philistines, David accepted the task. He had no idea his adaptation skills were about to be tested.