The Outdoor Ministry Program (OMP) is an 6 month course, geared toward those who have experience in the outdoor environment and now want to develop their technical skills in backpacking, mountaineering, and rock climbing.
The need for highly trained outdoor leaders is higher than it ever has been. Today, more and more organizations (Christian and non-Christian) are starting to see the positive growth that the outdoors can bring to their staff, clients, and students. They just need someone to lead them safely and confidently. Could this be you?
Why 6 months?
You don’t become an outdoor leader by simply taking a few classes on “Outdoor leadership”. You become an outdoor professional by spending large amounts of time and energy on different skill sets in the outdoors so you become a master at each one, to the point that it becomes second nature to you. Being here for six months will help you better understand/prepare yourself for leading groups of people as you build your resume of experience.
Being an outdoor leader doesn’t just mean you know all the cool facts that no one really cares about, but it is also knowing how to lead with confidence, dealing with and encouraging people, facilitating/debriefing small groups, teaching, organizing details, following your gut instincts, and having well rounded knowledge of why you believe what you do.
Students will spend a few days each week reading spiritual growth books that will help them grow in wisdom and understanding to help prepare them for a life of discipleship and outdoor ministry. The heart behind this is to help them understand the phrase “leaders must be readers”. As a leader and disciple we need to be continual learners.