Spiritual Growth & Discipleship

11 Minutes

Will you take 11 minutes this Good Friday to reflect on Him? Will you plan to spend 11 minutes tomorrow on this Good Friday Reflection?: 1. Use 3 minutes to consider the significance of someone who is willing to lay down his or her life for you. Think about a parent, a first responder, a Soldier, even a [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Why I Serve

We want to thank Karoline Winchester, 7-year Appalachian Trail Outreach volunteer, for her remarkable service and for sharing her perspective with us all on the following post: I believe that one of the most important aspects of outreach and ministry is meeting people where they are. It means so much more to people when you step into their [...]

Grateful and Humbled

2018 marked the 25th year of BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries. If there's one thing I've learned after 25 years, it's that opportunities to serve affect both staff and participants alike. Mike Gingras, a 3-year ministry event staff volunteer, and our current Board Chair, was impacted as much as he made an impact in 2018. In early September Mike traveled to [...]

By |December 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Reflection, help to find the pearls of life

As a teacher I create active learning experiences. While I like adventure I like even more the pearls of life that can be found as a part of an adventure. Finding those pearls of life and learning from adventure, or any other part of life for that matter, doesn't just happen. I've often said, "As good Americans we move from [...]

Still in Tension

Twenty years ago, just after daylight on a pleasant October morning, I stepped off with great anticipation and 72 miles ahead of me.  My wife and 9-month old son drove away.  The goal was to backpack the Sheltowee Trace from Pickett State Park, TN to Cumberland Falls State Park, KY in 3 days. A few kind people sponsored that hike [...]

By |November 6th, 2014|2 Comments