The King and Kingdom is Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries second core value. It is intertwined with everything we do in our Christian wilderness programs. The King and kingdom: we value the person of Jesus Christ as God-King, and the reclaiming of Christ’s Kingdom on earth (Is. 9:3,7; Lk. 4:45; Lk. 8:1; Eph. 1:9,10; Col. 1:15-23; 2:6,7; Matt. 6:33). Spreading the good news is something we naturally and passionately desire to spread across the entire world! A deeper look at the supporting scripture for SROM’s value is helpful to understanding who SROM is and the role they hold in Kingdom building.
“What does evangelism even look like in outdoor ministry?” you may be asking. To some people, this is a pretty foreign concept. However, here at Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries, we say never underestimate the power of creation, especially this one big benefit: the amount of time available for relational evangelism – to sow the seeds of the Gospel and water them well.
We are adopted into the Family of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. As such, we are co-heirs and co-laborers with Christ. God the Father and God the Son have welcomed us into their holy, perfect family. As members of this family, as beloved sons and daughters of the most high King, we are invited to bring others into this family. This blog serves to uncover the significance of the Father and Family. We value loving God as Father and living in covenant love with His people, so that we can demonstrate the Father’s love to a lost and dying world (Jn. 14:6-14, 18-21, 17:20-26; Ro. 8:1; Jn. 1:3; Eph. 3:14-21).
Your comfort zone is the place you feel safe. The place without stress. The place where you know everything and everyone; the place without change. Your comfort zone is also the place without adventure. The place without exploration. The place without new experiences. The place where things are dull and repetitive. SROM does not operate in your comfort zone. We take you to places you didn’t know you could go. This will bring you to the threshold of your growth zone at times but the growth that comes from pushing your self a little bit further, climbing a little bit higher and being just a little bit more vulnerable in safe places of authentic community will be worth it. We go with you, step by step as God continue to write your story. Take that first step out of your comfort zone and your mind will be blown by your life transformed through Wilderness Ministry.
Building Specific Skill-sets to spend 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness is no simple task. But you’re not alone! Our Instructors will teach and equip you with the skills that you will be thankful you learned from day 1. Things that your SROM Instructors will teach you while on your course include but are not limited to the following:
- Properly packing your backpack
- Read a topographic map
- Use a compass
- Erect a tent
- Use a camp stove
- Cook a gourmet back-country meal
- Poop in the woods! (and other hygiene related topics)
- Rock climb
- Take care of your feet
- Overcome obstacles
- Empower yourself for success in the back-country
Solid Rock Outdoor Ministry has proudly been serving Gods Kingdom through wilderness ministry for 33 years. It all began from a vision from God to our founder, Drew Arnold. It was a vision of points of light all over the world. Through diligent listening and obedience, Drew gathered that the points of light around the world represented the “sons of light” (John 12:36) stemming from the scriptural teaching that “the Father is light” (1 John 1:5).
Drew then made it his life mission to bring the sons of light together in the wilderness to light up the world through the teachings of Christ the King. Together we are the children of the light (John 12:36). The direct interaction one has with creation brings out God’s glory. Striving to follow in the footsteps of the great Biblical leaders, Drew said, “Many Biblical leaders spent formative time in the wilderness, resulting in a greater understanding of their identity, mandate and source. They became sons of light burning for the glory of their Father.”
Is it Physical Preparedness? Lack of spiritual connection? Time away from work or school? Take a journey with Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries. Opportunity awakens to know God and grow character in the midst of his creation. Quiet all of the voices of culture and societal boundaries, and give your spirit the quiet retreat it needs to connect or reconnect with Jesus! Let God lead you on an adventure of epic proportions, and watch as he does an amazing transformation in your heart and life!
A Little About The Journey
Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is a wilderness ministry that teaches you to discover a deeper intimacy with the Lord through Leadership aquisition, Hardskill aquisition and descipleship. The instructors will equip you with both technical skills (such as rock climbing, mountaineering, and backpacking), and non-technical skills (such as prayer, worship, authentic community communication, and solitude) to help you to open up to knowing and feeling the power of Jesus Christ that will help you to deepen and cultivate the greatest relationship ever known. This trip is a chance to have a spiritual transformation in the midst of God’s creation. Group studies and individual time are provided for you to learn as a group and have a solo learning experience.
Take a Leap of Faith
Thinking of participating in an experience like this can be very intimidating. Wondering if you are too old, not ready to commit to such a long period of time, or already have too many commitments? Take some time to pray through your concerns, and give us a call at 307-755-0642 so we can know how to pray for you! Maybe you are scared of what a spiritual journey like this could do to your life. Will it change you? Will my friends or significant other still care about me when I get back? That is all a part of the journey. To go on this adventure, you have to take a leap of faith in all aspects of your life and open yourself up to the experience, the struggles that you will face both physically and emotionally, and the learning experience of a lifetime! Take on the calling!
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If you’re considering joining one of our wilderness ministry courses here in Laramie, you’ll be signing on for an invigorating adventure! Throughout our wilderness ministry programs, we take students out into some of the most majestic parts of Gods creation. We’ll be connecting with Jesus, connecting with one another through authentic community, and building skill-sets . Throughout these journeys, you can expect the following:
Everything you’ll need in the back-country will be on your back in a backpack. Backpacking is a great way to travel. It can teach us to take in our surroundings more deeply and to enjoy where we presently are. Backpacking is a valuable skill, and it teaches us to be mindful of our necessities and how strong we can be. We wont just throw a pack onto your back and say “good luck!” We will teach you how to pack light and pack right. We will be walking alongside you for the entire journey!
Throughout a 10, 20 or 40 day course, you’ll conquer rocky verticals. we’ll work together to climb rock faces and challenge each other to push ourselves and each other outside of our comfort zones. Rock climbing is an excellent skill and a thrilling experience.
Throughout your journey, we’ll be navigating through some of the most stunning mountain ranges in Wyoming. We’ll strive to summit peaks, and travel across glacial terrain. Mountaineering can involve navigating through snow and over ice. It can involve scrambling over talus, or ascending couloirs. Mountaineering can be a true test of one’s character and leadership development.
There are a multitude of reasons why you should join SROM for a wilderness ministry expedition! First and foremost, our courses bring the opportunity for all participants to grow closer to God and connect us through his creation. But let us tell you more about what Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is all about:
Wilderness ministry adventures offer the opportunity of getting back to what really matters; cutting through all the noise and confusion that is a part of life in the modern world and focusing on what is real. But most of the time, that is easier said than done. With the busyness of our lives we sometimes lose that ability to truly connect with Jesus, leaving us to feel lost and confused. At Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries, we look to provide the means to re-dedicate your life to God through wilderness ministry. At SROM we believe that removing oneself from the noise and clutter of cultural distractions for periods up to 40 days at a time allows one to mature in their discipleship with God. In the quiet and stillness of creation, we are able to fully examine our relationship with God, family, friend circles and with oneself. We believe that wilderness locations are used by God to facilitate divine-human growth allowing for intense emotional and spiritual growth.