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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.
As an outdoor leader, I always find summers end to bring a time of debriefing and rest. Summer, while amazing and full of adventure, can be quite draining. Leading others into the wilderness is physically, emotionally, and spiritually demanding. This rest is welcome...
Church-based outdoor ministries have shown to be effective and successful. True North is a Western Canadian based church that uses creation to point to the Creator. This church believes in the power of the outdoors so much that it has rearranged its entire format to...
The five key elements in an authentic wilderness experience.
I look forward to summer all year long because it means more camping around a campfire. Whether you are leading at a summer camp or taking out your youth group or your family on a campout this summer, one of the best ways to spend time together is around a campfire.
Being confused is one of the most common and most unsettling of human experiences. Uncertainty about what to do, what is going on around you, or what is expected of you can make you confused. When you are confused it is usually because things are happening that you can’t seem to control.
Although a wilderness expedition is temporary, it can be an ideal setting to talk about family. People desperately need to be spiritually connected to others in a family.
My friend, Ben in Peru is thinking like a leader. He and some of his pals have started a ministry called Inca Thaki which uses Snowboards on sand dunes… a.k.a. “sandboarding.”
If we are going to bring change to our cities and communities, and ultimately the hearts of hurting young people in our world today, we are going to need to find creative ways to quiet the noise for them so they can hear the Father’s voice.
What do you have to lose by stepping back for a minute and assuming that your service or outdoor ministry approach is bad? It won’t hurt you to do this exercise and I guarantee it will force you to improve something. This is one of the valuable lessons ministries can learn from business leaders… they know that they have to assume their service is bad to force improvement.
Here are five common “flies” you should always present when you are working to recruit volunteers your team. Chances are they will bite on one of them because their soul is longing for something.
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.
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?