When I come to the end of a season of outdoor ministry (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring, etc.) I use the following SCOPE evaluation questions to “evaluate” the whole season of ministry to measure the fruit and see how we might improve.
In the mountains God gave the law to Moses, and on a mountain, Jesus gave the Great Commission. Colorado Christian University has been on my Recommend Outdoor Programs (ROP List) for a few years. Yet recently, CCU has made huge strides in their Outdoor Leadership Minor under the leadership of the department chair, Jim Doenges. I highly recommend the outdoor leadership program at Colorado Christian University.
Those who would bring great things to pass must rise early. – Matthew Henry
Jesus is the most admirable, noble, attractive person who has ever walked the face of the earth. He has gone to the ultimate extreme to show us that he loves us. The compass points to true north – Jesus Christ.
The next time you’re in the wilderness, waking up really early before everyone else–going down to the stream to collect water, remember that this may be a small act of service, but it is an illustration of a much larger and more profound discipline of how to faithfully complete our plans.
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.
Wilderness ministry is so vital for the church today. We are all so “busy” but often that busyness is from behind a desk, computer, or laptop—and from there we can only see a small sliver of the world. The dangerous reality is that from there, we only get a small peephole view into people’s souls.