Upon returning from a recent pastor’s conference, I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving as I unpacked my bags full of fresh new books! I needed filling. My spirit felt dry. If I say that now, I must take the full responsibility on myself, because I no longer have any excuse.
My feeling about sportsman’s ministry in it’s traditional sense is conflicted…. Here’s why.
It’s OK! You can confess that you don’t have it all together, that life isn’t all right, and that you need someone to pray for you and with you.
As our home in PA began to fill with packed boxes and the move was in full swing, so was the 2017 whitetail archery season. I knew heading into the season that this would be my last as a resident PA hunter.
When I started in ministry, I wanted Mayberry. I wanted a peaceful Thomas Kinkade scene that drew you into a walk to the fishing hole, humming the melody to “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus” all the way. What I got was much more Biblical.
You and your family go to church when the doors are open, you never miss a morning devotion, you teach Sunday school, you tithe your ten percent, and still, things just don’t go right. It can be frustrating.
When Moses held up his hands the Israelites would win, when his hands got tired the Amalekites would be winning, so two men stood beside Moses supporting his hands and the Bible says, “his hands were steady till the going down of the sun.” The Israelites were victorious. We long to be like those two men who support the man of God so that the church can be victorious.
We want to break the cycle of hype, gimmick, and volunteer overuse, and get those attending our events to the foot of the cross, so that in the future the door is open for discipleship.
What do we do when the idea of sportsman’s banquets, affinity ministries, or even a sportsman’s Sunday school class or small group gathers more eyebrow raising than support? Here are ten things to do if you plan to reach the outdoor loving population of your community without being divisive.
Thinking about starting an outdoor ministry? Read this!
God’s prevailing grace can often times be seen in our experiences in the outdoors. I know for me at least, even before I came to know and fully love God, I experienced moments where God’s grace was completely apparent to me. Even now, after giving myself to the Lord I can see his work every time I am afield.
When God calls us to the base of the impossible mountain, He completely means for us to climb it.