Here is a Biblical Lesson Best Taught by the Moon Itself

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There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. Last week I had the privilege of sea kayaking on the Mediterranean […]

4 Proven Steps to Sustaining a Wilderness Ministry

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Due to the breakdown of family and the disconnectedness of urban communities, the distractions of technology, and the signs of eroding trust in our youth culture, people in the coming years will respond more and more to small group approaches to ministry. The time is ripe for a great expansion of wilderness ministry that promotes […]

Please Take My 2014 Reader Survey for Outdoor Leaders

Thank you so much for being a part of the Outdoor Leadership blog! It is my goal to equip outdoor leaders with the tools they need for leading effective outdoor ministries. In order to make the blog as useful and relevant to you as possible, I need your help! Could you take a moment to […]

Celebrating 40 Years of Summit Adventure

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This week I am highlighting one of our Recommended Outdoor Programs, Summit Adventure. They are located in Bass Lake, California, but also operate internationally. Summit Adventure’s focus is to provide custom adventure programs  and  experiential education as tools to strengthen relationships with God and others. They have been on the cutting edge of Wilderness Leadership […]

These Painted Hills Point to the Intelligent Design of a Skilled “Painter”

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When I am pressed due to circumstances to fully trust in God, the display of beauty in Creation points me to the Intelligent Design of a Painter who has the sovereign ability to attend to my circumstances. As I snapped this photo in the Wind Rivers in Wyoming recently I couldn’t help but to think […]

4 WAYS TO CONVINCE NON-OUTDOORSY FRIENDS HIKING & CAMPING IS WORTH IT

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I remember someone telling me they didn’t understand why anyone would want to hike because you can see just about anything you wanted from your car. Yeah, seeing it is cool, but how about seeing it, smelling it, hearing it, feeling it, and tasting it? God gave us five senses for a reason.

OUTDOOR RECREATION ESSENTIALS | OVERCOMING THE RISING TIDE OF EXCUSES

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My recent trip to the San Juan Islands north of Seattle causes me to consider how to resist the rising tide of excuses in my life. How do we apply the adage “just do it” to our journey as a follower of Jesus? Outdoor recreation helps us break the habit of making excuses.

A DEEPER MOTIVATION FOR SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE WILDERNESS

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Do we love adventure for what we get out of it, or do we love it because it bends us more toward dependency on God? Leading others in the wilderness with attention to risk management requires hard skills to protect your group, but even more importantly, it demands having a shepherd-like heart.

NASA KNOWS THE VALUE OF WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP & TEAM BUILDING

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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.