How adventure Works
How Adventure Works
How does the outdoor adventure ministry tool work?
It can be very difficult to understand how “outdoor adventure” works as a ministry tool if one has not been on such a trip. One way of looking at it is as a “living parable.” Parables are stories, such as Jesus told, that help make sense of important, Godly lessons that contain truths that often elude us. An outdoor adventure trip is like a “living parable,” where the trip participants are the actual characters in the story, and the Godly lessons learned are realized by the participants themselves, not by some fictional character. This relates to the saying, “I heard, I forgot; I saw, I remembered; I did, I understood.” We take people out of the world they are familiar and comfortable with, where they are very often blind to their own sins and weaknesses, as well as their strengths.
The challenges, fears, and failures, coupled with the victories and successes of an outdoor adventure, further coupled with the an unfamiliar world, creates an incredibly heightened learning environment where the instructors can facilitate biblically based lessons and discussions that very often lead to a life long change in behavior and beliefs. Why do outdoor adventure trips very often lead to life long changes? Because the lessons learned were learned by the participants themselves in an unforgettable environment.
Did you ever try to convince a teen that he or she is invincible just by telling them? It doesn’t work – they have to experience it for themselves. Did you ever try to convince an abusive adult that they are abusive just by telling them? It doesn’t work – they have to see if for themselves. The outdoor adventure ministry tool puts people into a “living parable,” and there, with the facilitating help of a well trained instructor, they discover God’s truths for themselves. Oh, yah, and let’s not forget the undeniable beauty of the outdoors that points towards the Creator!