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Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice: How to use Time in the Wilderness and Backcountry Adventure Camping for Leadership ... Learning and Bible Study Resources Paperback – January 5, 2011
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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.
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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. Working with leaders from over 50 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.
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-CHAP CLARK, Ph.D., Author, Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers, Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture, Fuller Theological SeminaryHurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers (Youth, Family, and Culture)
As Denton explains, the wilderness is an actual setting for transformation, not just a metaphor. God took the Hebrew people into the wilderness to test them, humble them, and to reveal what was in their hearts (Deut. 8:2). More than half of Jesus' teachings recorded in the Bible occurred in outdoor settings. He valued experiential learning and led outdoor adventures. Consider the story of the disciples and Jesus crossing the Galilee in a boat during a storm (Mark 6:45-52). Could they have learned the same lessons in the basement youth room of a church? Jesus had a pattern of taking His disciples into the wilderness to restore them and prepare them to go back into civilization to transform it. Jesus chose young people in their teens and early twenties to change the world. In the wilderness, God interrupts young people, exposes the traps of entitlement, severs sinful entanglements, establishes true identity and His authority, builds character and competencies, and more. Leaders are raised up and evangelists are trained.
In our increasingly urbanized world, young people today suffer from creation deficit disorder and yearn for a meaningful vision and worldview.Read more ›
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More theology than practicality, it offers much insight on some important values to the outdoor ministry experience.Published 1 month ago by Reading more than I want
I loved this book. Its a really great read for anyone interested in Outdoor Ministry!Published 6 months ago by Jon
Very comprehensive and readable. Prompted me to think of things that would not have otherwise crossed my mind, and confirmed things I had thought intuitively.Published 8 months ago by P. K. OBryan
This is a must have resource for anyone looking to get the most of their time in the wilderness. Wilderness guides and families will both benefit from Ashley's well-formulated... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kyle A. Traff
As an avid back packer who has taken around 20 groups into the back country, I found,through reading this book, that there was so much more possible in terms of evangelism,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Keith Fultz
This book is the Christian Outdoor Leaders map. Ashley goes into great detail and gives many examples of how to carry out the concepts in the book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nichole
I thought this book was very useful. If you love sharing the Lord and the outdoors with others you will enjoy this book. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Jan Badeaux
God intentionally puts us in situations of perceived risk to expose flaws in our faith. Dr Denton explains how God uses nature (and we can to) to grow our relationship with him.Published on July 22, 2013 by John Allen Darnell, III