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Read by people who use the outdoors for ministry in 55+ countries. We love adventure, Jesus, and the outdoors.
One of the most important details to consider in leading groups outdoors is the content you will teach. What does your group need to learn or process right now? What themes will I stress throughout the camp or retreat?
The most influential Christian outdoor leaders I know are life-long learners who never stop asking questions and improving their outdoor leadership skills.
Jesus captivate the imagination of his audience, but he also motivated them to change. He did this by creating a thirst for learning so they would actually “hear” what he was saying. Thirst cannot be satisfied if you are not yet thirsty.
There is nothing more scary than a selfish child becoming a selfish adult. If we don't teach our kids a right attitude toward material possessions, then we may be setting them up for a big fall later in life. As the old adage goes, "The bigger they are the harder they...
I do not always make room for God’s Word each day. And I suffer greatly for it, and so do my relationships. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Create a rhythm of regular silence and solitude daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and you will experience more freedom and less slavery to lies.
God intentionally tests us through various forms of resistance or trials to establish our belief and integrity. Through the process we learn he is the One who sets the terms of discipleship, not us. When pushed, we might want to push back at God, but in his perfect wisdom he questions and stretches us in such a way that draws us nearer to him rather than causing us to run away.
Later that evening, after dinner, I gathered the guys around the campfire on the canyon rim. I played some worship music on my CD player and instructed the guys to get comfortable and contemplate God’s presence as we gazed on the canyon in the setting sun. There’s no way to adequately describe that view at that time of day, brilliant, eye-popping, just awe inspiring!
Your Feedback is the Buoyancy of My Blog! When I set out to start an outdoor leadership blog and write the book, Christian Outdoor Leadership, I had no idea how many people there were who were interested in this style of ministry. I have been surprised by the...
One of the greatest obstacles to carrying out your outdoor ministry is your view of money. Its important to talk about finances, because lack of money often derails well-meaning outdoor ministry visionaries.
Sometimes while you are hiking along or paddling for a destination, the journey can get a little monotonous. Sharing pithy quotes with the person near you or with the whole group can be a great way to help people get their mind off of the pain or monotony of the journey and onto things of substance. Here are a few quotes to get you started. If you have any great quotes you like to use on your outdoor adventure trips, please comment below and share them with others to enjoy!
When you are leading others in the outdoors, you have a lot of time to work with to grow deeper in relationships. Outdoor ministry curriculum covers a wide range of topics. Here are a few specific ideas of how to use your time well to build community on your trip
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?