More About the Author
Hello! Thank you for checking out my book. Before I introduce myself, if you would like to follow my outdoor leadership and outdoor ministry blog online you can go to: http://www.outdoorleaders.com. I've been involved in the field of outdoor leadership for over 21 years in over a dozen different countries which has given me a global perspective on outdoor leadership and wilderness ministry. I currently live in Fort Collins, CO. I have been married to my wife Becky for 18 years, and I have 5 incredible kids. I am currently the director of Wilderness Ministry Institute.
I have a Doctorate in Missions and Cross Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from University of Arizona, and a Master's in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Involved in over 20 countries, my organization encourages and equips leaders in the heart and skills to effectively introduce young people to Jesus Christ through combining relational youth ministry and outdoor adventure. I was on staff with Young Life for 15 years and served as their National Director in New Zealand. I also currently serve as a professor of Outdoor Leadership at Denver Theological Seminary.
HERE IS WHAT THE PUBLISHER & SOME OTHER IMPORTANT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT MY BOOK:
Dr. Ashley Denton's book on Christian outdoor leadership is the first of its kind.
It is a foundational resource for students of outdoor leadership, wilderness ministry, and outdoor education. According to many readers, it is a "must read" for youth workers, pastors, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who desire to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through solitude or adventure in the outdoors. The book includes unique experiential learning resources and Bible studies that will help you experience spiritual renewal through time with God in the outdoors. Buy the book now and embark on a journey through the Scriptures to discover why the outdoors was Jesus' primary classroom for teaching the secrets of his Kingdom...
People today are yearning to be freed from the chaotic pace of modern life. Busyness has only deepened our starvation for experiences that cause true transformation. This book will show you how to find more peace and productivity by imitating Jesus Christ's rhythm of retreat.
As hectic as our world seems, first century Palestine had distractions and burdens that were equally concerning. There were distractions of prosperity, poverty, and false religions. There were weighty burdens of Pharisaical laws and bitter Roman occupation. As Jesus looked into the culture of His day He settled on a surprising strategy to change the world: He chose a group of young Disciples, He used the wilderness as His primary classroom, and He employed adventure to produce radical commitment toward His mission. He knew that people needed time in the outdoors for soul rest and mind renewal. God has always used wilderness experiences to draw out the best in people by confronting their fears and exposing traps of entitlement. Jesus used the wilderness with His Disciples to sever worldly entanglements that choked their faith.
It is critical in our increasingly urban world for people to have opportunities to encounter Jesus through wilderness experiences. This book will help you re-discover the ancient discipleship method, which produced leaders such as Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Jacob, David, Peter, James, John, and Paul. Each of them were profoundly called and shaped by God in the wilderness.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT DENTON'S BOOK, CHRISTIAN OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP...
"In Christian Outdoor Leadership, Ashley Denton achieves a coup d'etat by surprising even seasoned readers of the New Testament about how much of Jesus' teaching and discipleship takes place outdoors. We all have seen the amazing results of organizations like Outward Bound, but Denton takes it a step further by demonstrating the theological basis for outdoor ministry and mentoring. If you are looking for an alternative to the inwardly focused, self-referential spiral of today's hedonistic spirituality, then go no farther. Christian Outdoor Leadership calls an 'inward' and 'indoor' generation back out into the great outdoors--and reminds us that this is God's world and it is still his favorite workshop!"
-TIMOTHY C. TENNENT, Ph.D., Author, Christianity at the Religious Roundtable, President and Professor of World Christianity, Asbury Theological Seminary
"Ashley's years of experience in youth ministry and wilderness adventures set the stage for this journey through the Scriptures in search of a theology of wilderness ministry. For many of us who are involved in leading wilderness expeditions, this book fills a long-standing gap in the literature of our field by providing a scriptural basis for the significance of the wilderness environment as a ministry platform. In this, Ashley Denton has given us a great gift."
-AMY SMALLWOOD, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Leadership, Simpson University, President, Christian Adventure Association
"Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice is the first comprehensive Christian text on outdoor leadership. It should be required reading in every college and university that seeks to prepare outdoor leaders. This is a superb book that will benefit both seasoned practitioners and those seeking to be equipped to serve as outdoor ministers in congregational, parachurch, or mission contexts. Denton's book steps in to fill the vacuum of Christian literature on outdoor leadership. It will likely be a cornerstone for years to come. Denton's sound theology mobilizes and motivates as he writes in a well-organized, crisp, and conversational style. He speaks from experience and a deep and passionate faith in the truth of Scripture, the love of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit. This is a seminal book."
-JIM DOENGES, Assistant Program Manager, Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries
"Ashley Denton exposes something that we have clearly lost sight of today. Human beings have known since the beginning that God made his creation as an invaluable gift to help us encounter him personally and learn the secrets of his Kingdom from his handiwork. In Christian Outdoor Leadership, Ashley takes us into the reason why we need outdoor adventure and wilderness ministry. He provides a thorough theology of recreational ministry, and then brings us into a well-developed and comprehensive practical application of what it all means. Christian Outdoor Leadership is more than a book--it is an outstanding resource for every follower of Christ in that it calls us back to a simple and timeless lifestyle of ministry that patterns the life of Jesus. This is a foundational book that I highly recommend!"
-CHAP CLARK, Ph.D., Author, Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers, Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Ashley Denton carefully builds a prominent cairn for practitioners in the field of Christian outdoor leadership and wilderness ministry by expertly pointing new and experienced adventure ministers to the ancient model of how Jesus used the wilderness for outreach and discipleship. This book is refreshing and impressive."
-MATT ISMERT, Director, Young Life's Wilderness Ranch
"Ashley Denton knows Jesus, theology, the wilderness, and young people. In Christian Outdoor Leadership he artfully and powerfully ties the ropes of his knowledge into a knot that can bear the weight of outdoor ministry in any culture. More importantly, however, Ashley's love for God, his adoring wonder of creation, and his passion for young people make this sturdy book a reliable and authentic field guide for anyone who aspires to spiritual leadership. Read it and be equipped to thrive, no matter the wilderness in which you find yourself."
-HOWARD BAKER, Author, The One True Thing, Instructor of Spiritual Formation, Denver Theological Seminary