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
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.
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.
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!
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.
If you are interested in learning about Jesus’ rhythm of work and retreat and how it might radically transform your ministry then please read this post. Wilderness theology is desperately needed in our culture of performance and busyness.
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.