Real Effects of Urbanization & Why Churches Need Outdoor Ministries

One of the most significant macro developments in human civilization is the migration toward the cities in the past one hundred years. Urbanization creates the need for young people to have more opportunities to get out into God’s creation. What can you do to help your church or favorite non-profit organization in your city prioritize getting young people out into God’s Creation?

Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM) – Wilderness Ministry Video

I recently was reflecting on the need for more compelling videos on wilderness ministry to help people see the value in taking off a few days to encounter Jesus in the wilderness. I wrote this post: A Friendly (and desperately needed) Outdoor Ministry Video Competition, and SROM took me up on it. Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is one of the organizations on my Recommended Outdoor Programs List and they have produced a short video that has some great footage you may want to check out. Enjoy!


Do You Notice Signs of the Seasons Changing? Jesus Used Seasonal Change to Show How He Fulfilled These 3 Signs of Epic Spiritual Change

Jim Doenges with CCU students at Maroon Bells

Like everything in nature, God has woven mysteriously into the fabric of Creation millions of metaphors that are meant to point us to him. Seasonal change is one of the big ones. In Luke 12:54-56, Jesus used the signs of seasonal change to point to himself as the Savior of the world.

Taking Care of Your Soul to Know Jesus Deeper

photo by Adam Lum

It may seem like the right thing to do to take care of others’ souls at the expense of our own soul, but this is not the pattern we see in Scripture. God’s design is that you first tend to your own soul’s thirst for him. Then you can attend to the needs of others with much more grace.

Sky Ranch Ute Trail Wilderness Ministry Promo Video

Surrounded by the majestic beauty of Creation, your group will have a chance to grow as an intentional community by spending focused time together learning about and worshiping God, listening to each others’ stories, playing games, and by working together to accomplish challenges. Whether standing on the summit of a mountain or spending time with God by a pristine alpine lake, a wilderness trip will offer many one-of-a-kind moments for you and the members of your group to grow closer to each other and closer to God.

Austin Souto
Wilderness Program Manager