Outdoor Ministry Program

An Extension study program at YWAM Montana

Course Description.

We believe that one of the best ways to connect with God is through experiencing His creation. Being challenged in the outdoors is an accelerator for spiritual growth and personal development.

The Outdoor Ministry Program (OMP) is a 6-month course that trains and equips people with the wisdom and skills needed to lead backpacking, rock climbing, and basic mountaineering trips so that they can use these activities for spiritual growth and personal development in others.

There is an incredible need for well-trained outdoor leaders right now. Outdoor recreation has exploded over the last few years. There are greater numbers of inexperienced people recreating in the outdoors than we’ve ever seen. Many of those people are searching. They are searching for spiritual experiences and answers to life’s hard questions. We exist to be a witness and example of Jesus to them.

Along with learning the skills needed to facilitate backpacking, rock climbing, and basic mountaineering trips, you will also complete a Wilderness First Responder Course and take an exam to become a certified Top Rope Guide by Professional Climbing Guides Institute.

Technical training and knowledge is just a part of this program. You also need to understand how to use these skills with a purpose. This comes with experience! You will be given opportunities to grow in your leadership and facilitation skills, and you will be challenged as we look at how to be an example of the Kingdom to come in our current culture.

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In the first 5 months of the program, we focus on developing your hard and soft skills as an outdoor leader. You will be participating in outdoor training, reading books and having book discussions, going to lectures, having one-on-ones with OMP staff, participating in worship/intercession, and serving YWAM Montana in critical services a few times a week.


The Outdoor Ministry Program includes a 3 week domestic outreach. You will be using the skills that you’ve learned to serve, teach, and show others the love of Jesus.


The goal of OMP is to teach you how to safely use outdoor activities to promote personal and spiritual growth, while being a living witness of Christ’s Kingdom.

Meet Your OMP STAFF.

Adventure with purpose.

At YWAM Montana-Lakeside, we are all about doing whatever it takes to know God and to make Him known, together! We’d love to help you make that next step in your global missions education. Apply now!

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develop your Outdoor expertise.

Be inspired and get excited about OMP! This 6-month program will challenge you physically, mentally and spiritually with the purpose of knowing God and making him known in the outdoors!

YWAM Montana-Lakeside operates under special use permits with the Flathead National Forest, Kootenai National Forest, and Glacier National Park and is an equal opportunity provider.

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