benchmark, a surveyor's mark made on a permanent landmark that has a known position and altitude: benchmarks are used as reference points...

-Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary

Why are we called BENCHMARK? It’s not because we think this ministry is the standard by which all others should be measured. Whether in the wilderness or in the city, a benchmark is a known point, a permanent point of reference, which can help us better understand exactly where we are, almost anywhere in the world.

Our name is taken from this topographic map symbol, which is often a simple metal disc set in stone and inscribed with a triangle and a small mark in the center. A benchmark has two planes: vertical and horizontal. In this country, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) determines the location of each specific benchmark and its relationships to other features like roads, streams, or mountains. That’s the horizontal plane. Vertically, the USGA confirms its elevation in relationship to sea level.

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.

BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries’ mission is to stimulate significant life change toward wholeness in Christ through interactive experiences and outdoor adventures.