Westminsters Backcountry Mission
What We Will Do:
We will serve the Church by providing purposeful retreats into the wilderness of South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado. With trained guides leading each trip, we aim to provide an opportunity to experience God in the backcountry. We look forward to seeing the ways God will work through this ministry!
What We Believe:
Throughout history, God has used the wilderness as a special place for transformation. The Biblical text indicates that God's strategy for developing mission-focused leaders has often involved transforming wilderness experiences. This is an integral part of Gods design for apprenticeship. Yet today in our increasingly urbanized world young people are less able to experience the wilderness. In developing strategies today for recruiting, training, sending and sustaining young leaders as cross cultural or local youth-workers who can effectively introduce the young to Jesus Christ, we must re-emphasize this ancient apprenticing method which produced leaders such as Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Ruth, Jacob, David, Peter, James, John and Paul. Each of them were profoundly called and shaped by God in the wilderness.
Who are these trips for?
Backcountry trips typically involve a multi-day, adventure-packed journey through beautiful scenery. With the distractions of modern life left behind, each person will be stretched to new personal limits, experience the wonders of God's creation, and develop deeper friendships.
No backpacking experience is required, but it is beneficial to be in moderate shape. Our vision is to facilitate trips for various groups within the church. Our long range vision is also as and outreach to the community. We want to be open to however God wants us to use this minist
Why Wilderness Ministry?
Truth must be put into practice if it is going to transform our lives. Outdoor and adventure experiences provide an incredible opportunity to help us make the real-life connection from knowing truth to living truth. The end isn't adventure. It is simply a means to the much more important end of knowing Jesus Christ and experiencing the best adventure of all: following Him in all aspects of our lives!