Prep, Pack & Pray
BENCHMARK is a completely mobile ministry. Gear and food for our retreats must be sorted and packed before we set off. Can you get involved by giving a few hours of your time? Just 2-4 hours is very helpful. While you’re here we can pray for both BENCHMARK staff and those we are going to minister to. Click on the Ministry Event Calendar to see what is coming up. Prep, Pack, & Pray is most often the day before each ministry retreat.
> food purchase
> meal prep and organization
> organizing gear for travel
> loading the trailer
> checking/rechecking lists
Volunteers and compensated staff embody and extend our mission. Staff roles for both men and women include food service, outdoor adventure and small group leadership, and event service.
Our ministry events are weekends and weekdays. If you can, volunteer on a weekday. You are invited to serve where patient relationship-building is key, wide-ranging skill matters and a willingness to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit is essential. Asking the question “How can I help?” will position you well for service.
If you can work it into your schedule, click the ministry event calendar button and accept the invitation to serve by phone, email or text.
Unpack & Store
Sunday afternoon/evening is typically for unpacking & storing gear from a weekend retreat.
Caring for these resources well will ensure their readiness for future retreats. Your time investment is greatly appreciated.
You can help by:
> drying gear
> sorting gear into appropriate containers
> restocking food
> cleaning & storing cooking equipment
> “feeding” the dishwasher
Write a Soldier a Note
You can encourage and invest in those who serve on our behalf through the military by providing a hand-written note to each Soldier who participates in a Chaplains Partnership Initiative Retreat. BENCHMARK provides the note cards and instructions. Interested? Please respond here.
“As the mother of a Soldier, I learned the value of hand-written notes when our son went through boot camp. Though I wrote him daily, others came alongside us and encouraged him as well. When I was invited to share in this aspect of Benchmark’s ministry, I felt like God was allowing me to do for Soldiers I do not know nor will probably ever meet what was done for our son. May He only receive the glory.”
–Elizabeth Hodges (her son, Sam, is a Master Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corps)
Have you ever realized that you have a valuable resource available right there and you haven’t been using it well? Yeah…me too.
It’s clear that God wants us to talk to Him. It’s clear that we need to hear from Him. And it’s also clear that praying together has been underutilized.
While I know that there are a number of people who regularly pray for this ministry, I wonder if you would like to be added to the 50 plus members of BENCHMARK’s Prayer Team to pray specifically before and during each ministry event?
Click here and you’ll be added to this special email list.
“Members of the U.S. military have a long-standing tradition of carrying a special coin symbolizing unit identity and esprit de corps.” (custom.nwtmint.com)
BENCHMARK mirrors this tradition with our own military-styled coin which is presented to every Soldier as well as other participants who are taught BENCHMARK’s R3 for Resilience. One coin face looks like a real USGS benchmark which we connect to BENCHMARK’s hope that people will assess their life at a known point.
$5 will provide a challenge coin to one individual, while $2,250 will make the coin available to every 2017 ministry event participant. Everything helps. Will you donate? Call James @ 615-972-9033 for details.
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. When you choose BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries, your Amazon purchases will further our mission.
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Our mission is to stimulate significant life change toward wholeness in Christ through interactive experiences and outdoor adventures.
BENCHMARK designs interactive adventures to help individuals assess their horizontal relationship with other people, their surroundings and Creation, and their vertical relationship with God. The small mark in the middle of the triangle symbolizes the high value of a Christ-centered, Biblical worldview and how that emphasis affects the whole person.The three sides of the triangle represent BENCHMARK’S focus on the whole person: the mind, the heart, and the will.
A BENCHMARK experience helps you to better understand where you are and will challenge you to evaluate the way you think, feel, and act in light of Biblical principles.