Why Outdoor Ministry That Unapologetically Targets Hunters Works

Why Outdoor Ministry That Unapologetically Targets Hunters Works

Why Outdoor Ministry That Unapologetically Targets Hunters Actually Works Outdoor ministry can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. I’ve been walking the path of outdoor ministry almost 15 years now, and while there’s a long way I have to travel, my experience has proven to me that when a church gives themselves permission to focus on hunters and hunters only, they will reach further into the well of lost souls than they ever would have had they chosen to take the approach most churches take, and that is to let their outdoor ministry be an “all things to all people” idea. Outdoor ministry can, and in many ways should, have many facets to it within a church’s walls. However, I’m going to show you some brutal truths about why a “church mentality” will kill your evangelism efforts toward hunters in your community. Outdoor Ministry By Definition Is Misleading. When you think about the very concept of “outdoor ministry” you’ll quickly see that it attracts people who readily confess that they just “love spending time in God’s great outdoors.” In fact, the phrase “outdoor ministry” is so broad that when I’m brought in to speak at pastors conferences or ministry leadership events, I’ve stopped referring to it as outdoor ministry and have began using the term “ministry to hunters.” I hate word games, and I cannot stand splitting hairs over the inconsequential. However, in this area of ministry, I think it’s necessary to be really specific if you want to change the way non-hunting Christians think about outdoor ministry. Yes, camping is outdoor ministry. No, it...