This resource page is most beneficial to people who have read, Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory and Practice. The downloadable free resources below are designed to be practical tools to go along with the book. If you are interested, you may buy Christian Outdoor Leadership on Amazon.com. The Ever Changing Climate of Leadership One of my favorite aspects of outdoor leadership is that no day is the same when you are on a journey. Variables are always changing and there is no cookie-cutter approach to the art of outdoor leadership. For that reason, I invite your participation! Please feel free to take a regular peek at our free online resources. The website is designed to be like a Swiss Army knife for Christian leaders who want to learn more about apprenticing others the way Jesus did in the outdoors. My hope and dream is that thousands more Christian leaders will begin to see the value of sharing a purposeful adventure with others. Our website is continually adding new resources for you to download and share for building up the Kingdom. If you ever have any feedback or questions please feel free to contact our team or e-mail me through our website. If you’d like to open up our Swiss Army knife of resources just CLICK the links below…
As an outdoor leader, you will be more effective if you know what you are hoping to see happen in your group. ABDCE is an acronym for five of the most common spiritual outcomes that result from outdoor adventures. If you choose one or two of the ABCDE outcomes as an umbrella theme for your trip, you’ll notice more intentionality in everything you do. Then, if you choose one of the ten W.I.L.D.E.R.N.E.S.S. learning objectives suggested in Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, & Practice, your teaching content will have a sharper aim at your audience and result in a lasting effect. “Aim small, miss small!”
How did Jesus make his teaching STICK? The content of his teaching usually catches our attention, but what about the context? If you want to emulate the teaching techniques of Jesus you have to pay attention to your surroundings. He didn’t teach in a vacuum. The one-two punch of his teaching style was the way he combined Setting and Timing with Intentional Content to tie the Knot of learning. He evoked a response. He closed the deal. So before you teach toward a desired outcome, consider how you’ll tie the elements of Setting and Timing together with Intentional Content into a nice Knot to evoke a response.
These objectives are steps toward achieving your ABCDE outcomes. For example, in a soccer game the outcome or “end” you hope for is to win the game. Each goal you score is an objective toward that end. If you don’t score any goals then you won’t achieve your desired outcome either. Reaching the desired outcome is somehow intimately and mysteriously linked to our effort. Our 10 W.I.L.D.E.R.N.E.S.S. objectives are more focused steps to help us move toward the ABCDE desired outcomes for our trip. For a more expanded explanation, refer to chapter 6 in Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice.
Eloquent teaching requires identifying a goal or dream for your interaction with the group. The apostle Peter sets a very high standard for us as Christian outdoor leaders: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God (1 Peter 4:10-11).” Since we are accountable to God for what we teach, lets make sure that we are careful to keep the Bible as our curriculum, and trust the Holy Spirit to be the one who illumines and opens the eyes of people’s hearts. We don’t have to be super-teachers, we are simply asked to allow the Bible to speak for itself and do our best to present the message of Scripture with winsomeness and accuracy.
A catalogue of wilderness journeys throughout the Bible, where the text explicitly identifies transformation occurring as a result of the journey.
A synopsis of Jesus’ teaching that occurred in the outdoors.
A growing and dynamic list of recommended camps, organizations, universities, seminaries, and churches that provide quality wilderness ministry, adventure camping, and Christian outdoor leadership training:
This grid is an abbreviated attempt to illustrate the way these Five Smooth Stones of Wilderness Theology intersect with the five common ABCDE outcomes we have proposed. Each box in the grid lists a theological principle discussed in the book and how it is connected with these desired outcomes. And for reference the grid offers some of the pertinent chapters for each theological principle for further study. Again, the main application for you as a leader is to think through how you can lead others toward these ABCDE desired outcomes, recognizing that there is a theological basis for what you are doing in that God has used the tempo/rhythm of retreats, the terrain and timing of wilderness ex-periences; and he has orchestrated testing, trials, and trust-building experiences to train and transform his followers throughout the ages.
After your outdoor adventure is completed, it is a good idea to help people write down memories and transformational insight that they learned while out in the wilderness. This one-page form is a helpful tool for both closure of the experience and followup.
A how-to guide for starting a wilderness ministry program in your church or mission organization.
Keep track of your outdoor ministry experience with this free logbook PDF.
What the Experiential Learning Community Can Learn from the Way Jesus Christ Taught – Outdoor Education – Outdoor Leadership – College and University (Ashley Denton, APRIL, 2011) How Jesus Motivated His Followers to Learn – Outdoor Education – Philosophy (Ashley Denton, APRIL, 2011) How Outdoor Leaders Capitalize on Teachable Moments – Outdoor Leadership – Wilderness Ministry – Youth Ministry Articles (Ashley Denton, APRIL 2011) What is a Parable? Why Jesus Christ Taught Parables Outdoors So Much? – Outdoors – Wilderness Theology- Outdoor Ministry Articles (Ashley Denton, APRIL 2011) How Outdoor Leadership Develops Common Sense Among Participants – Outdoor Leadership – Leadership Philosophy – Wilderness Ministry (Ashley Denton MAY 2011) What is the Aim of Outdoor Adventure or Wilderness Ministry?- Christian Outdoor Leadership-Outdoor Ministries (Ashley Denton, MAY, 2011)