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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.
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.
Especially youth workers are discovering that outdoor ministry programs are cost-effective and incredibly fruitful for building relationships, presenting the Gospel, and helping young people grow deeper in their faith.
Rather than having to buy a satellite phone, which can be too costly for a start up outdoor ministry, this week DeLorme launched a bit of outdoor gear that will be a game changer for start up outdoor ministries.
Recently a group of my friends just returned from a Nepal trekking experience on the Annapurna Base Camp circuit. They traveled through a missio-tourism company called Nepal Outdoor Adventures.
Regardless of one’s views of conservation of natural resources, if one takes a bird’s eye view of God’s creation, it seems quite curious why God would create so much terrain that is virtually uninhabitable. Maybe it is because we need those places?
Winter provides some of the richest opportunities for outdoor ministry, recreation, and solitude….
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?