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The Outdoor Leadership Blog
Read by people who use the outdoors for ministry in 55+ countries. We love adventure, Jesus, and the outdoors.
In what ways do you worship God? This video, made by Denver Seminary students, demonstrates how going into creation is a powerful tool for inspiring worship. The beautiful poem and soundtrack in the video are both praises to God. They are both expressions of worship...
I am so excited to have guest blogger, Emily Huguenin, use her 10+ years of outdoor ministry experience to give insight into how wilderness navigation informs a quest for truth. She has written a 3-part series identifying obstacles in the search for "What is True?"...
Nicklis Stevens lost his sister, Lygon, in an avalanche while they were hiking a mountain peak. He then went through the valley of pain asking the difficult question of “Why?” God answered him in beautiful and unexpected ways.
This is the last post in the series on How Wilderness Navigation Informs a Quest for Truth. Guest blogger, Emily Huguenin, examines a third obstacle that you can overcome in your quest for "What is true?" OBSTACLE #3: DOUBTING OUR OWN ABILITY TO INTERPRET TRUTH Years...
Guest blogger Emily Huguenin, is taking a closer look into how wilderness navigation informs a quest for truth. In her past post How Wilderness Navigation Reconnects You To Truth, she addresses the deep longing of our heart for truth and how backcountry navigation is...
Dr. Doug Self, a pastor at The Orchard Church in Carbondale, CO, uses outdoor adventure to foster men’s ministry. He shares details from one particular outdoor trip on how men are drawn into scripture, relationship with each other, and with God. Living on the Western...
Backpacking burns thousands of calories, so you will need to eat lots of nourishing food. The trick to eating excellent outdoor meals is: pack enough yummy calories for adequate energy yet pack as light as you can!
In most outdoor programs, you can teach new guides the hard skills you require of them to safely and effectively lead groups of people into the wilderness, but the character and soft sills are much harder to train.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. -John 10:27 THE WORLD NEEDS MORE SHEPHERD-LIKE OUTDOOR LEADERS Do we love adventure for what we get out of it, or do we love it because it bends us more toward dependency on God? Leading others in the...
When I come to the end of a season of outdoor ministry (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring, etc.) I use the following SCOPE evaluation questions to “evaluate” the whole season of ministry to measure the fruit and see how we might improve.
In the mountains God gave the law to Moses, and on a mountain, Jesus gave the Great Commission. Colorado Christian University has been on my Recommend Outdoor Programs (ROP List) for a few years. Yet recently, CCU has made huge strides in their Outdoor Leadership Minor under the leadership of the department chair, Jim Doenges. I highly recommend the outdoor leadership program at Colorado Christian University.
Books and Resources
Christian Outdoor Leadership, The Personality of Jesus and The Master Plan of Evangelism are books that have marked people’s lives and ministry philosophies around the world.
Dr. Ashley Denton’s book on Christian outdoor leadership is the first of its kind. It is a foundational resource for students of outdoor leadership, wilderness ministry, and outdoor education.
Authored by Francis E. Clark and specially helpful to youth pastors, student ministry leaders and parents of young people.
With all the evangelism resources available, where should you turn to find advice on how to share the Good News with others?