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We believe in doing ministry on God's home turf. WestBack is a discipleship ministry that takes people into the great outdoors to explore who God made us to be.


  The WestBack 2020 backpacking season is complete, but we look forward to a number of activities this fall and winter:


✔️ NATIONAL CLEANUP DAY - We met at the SIUOX PARK TRACK PARKING LOT Saturday, September 19, 2020 and cleaned up the park and bike path. Thank you to those who came out to help!

✔️ TRAIL GUIDE MINISTRY TRAINING was held October13-18. Andrew, Mary, and Bill attended Introduction to Wilderness Ministry, a class taught by the Wilderness Ministry Institute and the Yellowstone Theological Institute partnership. The class was held at the Yellowstone Alliance Adventures camp in the mountains of Bozeman, Montana. What a tremendous and beneficial experience!

🟤 MOUNTAIN MUSIC & PANCAKE FEED

🟤 WESTBACK CHALLENGE CREW




2021 BACKPACKING!

5-day trips only $100!

Click here for the list  of required equipment

Registration begins April 1, 2021:

-2021 WESTMINSTER HIGH SCHOOL BACKPACKING TRIP

-2021 YOUNG LIFE BOYS BACKPACKING TRIP

-2021 YOUNG LIFE GIRLS BACKPACKING TRIP


Check out our 2020 trip Video



What We Do:


Safely and effectively introduce people to Jesus Christ and help people grow in their faith through guided outdoor adventures.


What We Believe:


Throughout history, God has used the wilderness as a special place for transformation. The Bible indicates that God's strategy for developing faith has often involved wilderness experiences. God led His people Israel through the wilderness to reveal Himself to them and to show them His plan for their lives and nation. Jesus used the storm-tossed seas to reveal to His disciples their lack of faith and His power and faithfulness. Jesus also modeled true community through a focused, intentional, close-contact ministry - He traveled, slept, ate, taught, served, suffered, and lived with His disciples for extended times. 


These experiences were an integral part of God’s design for apprenticeship. While God has not changed, today in our increasingly urbanized world many people are less able to experience the transformational potential of wilderness. The goal of WestBack is to re-emphasize this ancient apprenticing method which God used to produce 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. Outdoor and adventure experiences provide an incredible opportunity to help us make the real-life connection from knowing biblical truth to living out the 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!





WestBack has been recognized as a Best Outdoor Program by the Wilderness Ministry Institute! Click the badge at the top of the page to find out more!


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Links to articles:

Why We Leave Cell Phones Behind: 

 https://blog.nols.edu/2019/07/01/unplug

What to Wear Backpacking:

https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-clothes.html

Expedition Behavior:

https://blog.theclymb.com/out-there/expedition-behavior-what-it-is-and-how-to-foster-it/


Links to sites:

Wilderness Ministry Institute https://wildernessministry.org/

Yellowstone Theological Institute

https://yellowstonetheology.org/

Outdoors Leaders (Dr. Ashley Denton)

https://outdoorleaders.com/