Is it time to bring some more variety into your teaching style? Jesus made the effort to vary his teaching techniques, and for good reason. He motivated his listeners to participate with him in the learning process. He wanted to move audiences to become active participants. He taught for impact.
God uses outdoor ministry to make you something. We want to empower others to leave a legacy and a lasting impact on the world by submitting to the anvil of discomfort from time to time. As facilitators we help people realize that the whole time during the experience, as stressful as it may have been, that all that time we were under the Potter’s hand. He wants to make us a vessel for noble purposes.
Why to so few experiential learning educators look to Jesus’ as a model experiential educator? This is like taking William Shakespeare or Charles Dickens out of an English Literature course. It can be compared to MBA program not mentioning Steve Jobs or Peter Drucker. For experiential learning advocates and outdoor education specialists, trying to avoid looking at Jesus as a model master teacher is just as ill-informed as an architecture professor neglecting to draw attention to Frank Lloyd Wright or Fredrick Law Olmsted. I believe that Jesus is not often mentioned as a master experiential learning educator because of an inadequate awareness of the facts.
The next time you find you are in the middle of an epic challenge, whether you are succeeding or failing, stop and recognize what is going on… God is using that experience to show you a window into your soul.
I love the concept of “facilitation” in outdoor ministry because it represents an important skill that helps people get the most out of an experience. Yet how many of these “facilitators” would actually impact more people if they transitioned from a season of “facilitation” and embarked into a season of “initiation?”
This is an incredible real life illustration of extravagant and thoughtful generosity. Even though the warm myth of Santa is used as the backstory or this 5 minute video, this reminds me of the intensity of God’s love for people…
In the clip below, a little girl puts a coin in a street performer’s hat, and a street performer celebrated her generous heart. She gave a tiny token only to be given back more than she ever could have expected… Isn’t that just like Jesus. When we give what little we have to Christ, he meets us with surprise after surprise… blessing after blessing… extravagant generosity after extravagant generosity.
We often don’t value of something until it’s taken away. Similarly, wilderness leaders practice experiential learning because God models intentionality.
Joel’s stories on experiential learning and outdoor ministry come from months of time in the wilderness around the world with a variety of participants in a myriad of cultures.