Outdoor Ministry Program

An extension study at YWAM Montana

Course Description.

The Outdoor Ministry Program (OMP) is geared toward those who have experience in the outdoor environment but 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?

**NOTICE – The Outdoor Ministry Program is now 8 months instead of 11 months**

Why 8 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 eight 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. 

Lecture.

We will properly train you to have what it takes to lead people safely and confidently in an alpine environment according to the industry standards. Along with the technical skills, you will walk away with an Avalanche 1 and Wilderness First Responder Certification.

You will also get to apply your new skills as an outdoor leader while working with Endurance Discipleship Training School and leading missionary member/community trips. This puts you into the leadership position so you gain the necessary experience and knowledge that it takes to organize the trips, activities, and advertising.

Outreach.

The Outdoor Ministry program takes a 3 week outreach to one of our six Target Nations at YWAM Montana. During this trip, you will use our outdoor skills to further His Kingdom, be introduced to existing outdoor ministries, and work with local ministries to help them achieve their God size goals for their country.

Vision.

The goal of this program is to disciple and train you how to use outdoor adventures to lead people to Jesus. You will also learn what it takes to staff or pioneer an outdoor ministry to reach people with the Gospel.

Meet Your School Leaders.

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 8-month program will challenge you physically, mentally and spiritually with the purpose of knowing God and making him known in the outdoors!

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