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Endurance, Discipleship & The Great Outdoors

I was recently invited to be the guest speaker at a Wisconsin church’s outdoor family ministry banquet.  The banquet is a few months off, but as I started preparing for what I might share – perhaps some personal stories from the great outdoors, tying a life of outdoor pursuits into the life of a disciple […]

Gearing up for Endurance Discipleship Training School 2014

Preparing for an upcoming Endurance DTS is a lot like preparing for a mountain expedition. There is gear to purchase, logistics to plan, networking and support systems to build, permits to apply for, speakers and support staff to be invited and trained, and, most importantly, student participants to be recruited and accepted for the next […]

A Love Beyond Comprehension

It feels like it was just yesterday that the School of Biblical Studies started; we are now 6 weeks in and it’s been both an incredible time and a huge learning curve! Last week I taught the book of Mark, which was not only my first New Testament teaching but also my first 3 day […]

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Epic, adventure, challenge, fruitful, new friendships, awe-inspiring, vast, grand, like nothing seen before! These are a few words to describe the three weeks I spent with the team as we trekked from 1000 meters (3510 feet) up to ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) at 4130 meters (13,549 feet). Upon landing […]

Lecture Phase Wrap-Up

It is a cold and rainy evening here in Lakeside, Montana, but we’re optimistic that as we head out into the backcountry for a 5 day backpacking trip tomorrow the weather will clear and the temperatures will rise. Trip #6, as we call it, is our last full lecture week before outreach departure on September […]

Backcountry Skills

As many of our readers know, one of the goals for EDTS is to equip students with “translatable” backcountry skills that will serve them in both the backcountry and on the mission field. Another goal of EDTS is to graduate students with credible skills that can serve them after DTS as they seek employment within […]

Outdoor Highlights – Disappointment Peak

It wouldn’t be summer without a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons national parks. It also wouldn’t be EDTS without our guest speaker and friend, Matt Hulst. Departing at the early hours of dawn and driving through a wild land fire north of Missoula, we made our way to Grant Village in YNP for 4 […]

Into the Wild

Entering this 4th week of EDTS everyone was excited to head out into the wild again for another trip. Our guest speakers, Tee and Kathryn Gatewood from Arbor Dale Presbyterian Church in Banner Elk, North Carolina, joined us for our week and taught on grace and holiness. The team really started to come together as […]

The Beginning

We’ve started! Endurance DTS 2013 is happening, and we’re all having an incredible time. Our school theme this year is from Matthew 22:37-39 where Jesus tells his disciples about the greatest command – to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul. And the second command – to love your neighbor […]

Mexico Update

In the spring of 2013, David Garrigan and I joined 6 guys from Stanwood, Washington, Foursquare church in Santana, Mexico at Rancho Bantano. It is a big camp in the middle of the desert affiliated with the Free Methodists. This ministry is very busy throughout the year hosting church groups, women’s groups, retreats for pastors, […]