God has used the wilderness throughout all of history to tune up and shape leadership skills for his grand purposes in the world. One of the most straightforward texts in the Bible that illustrates the type of development a person can experience by spending regular time in the wilderness is 1 Samuel 17:34-37. We often […]
Here are 100 of Ashley Denton’s top blogposts on wilderness leadership and outdoor leadership for 2012.
Imagine working on the International Space Station, having to live in such close proximity with a team of other people for weeks at a time. That requires a unique team. The wilderness helps groups quickly work through interpersonal and problem-solving issues to efficiently establish cohesiveness.
Do you ever struggle with making decisions? Do you tend to be indecisive in making a choice? This happens when we over-analyze, and become paralyzed by details and choices to the point where we either avoid making a decision or put it off, way to long! The wilderness is a prime training ground for making you and I a good decision maker.
Like a trade-show of ideas, a recent three-day event highlighted ways to connect with young people and probe their need for Christ. Social Media was a hot topic, and it reminded me of why so many of us believe wilderness leadership is the healthy sandwich that our Cheetos youth culture is starving for.
It was one of the first backpacking trips I ever guided. We were halfway into our first day, the group was doing well as we plodded up some moderately steep terrain. I was in the back of the group, having some great conversation with a kid, trying to take our minds off of the physical challenge, when all of a sudden things turned south
If I only share the victories I do not make an impression of authenticity nor do I set-up a realistic picture of the path that will unfold for others as they follow Christ.
I’ve seen a lot of outdoor gurus try to lead others and fail because they are so focused on themselves and the persona they are trying to put off to others. Wilderness leadership is about “heart skills” first, then hard skill development.