Outdoor Leadership

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home"
  -John Muir, Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States (1838-1914)

The purpose of the Outdoor Leadership minor is to develop students who will facilitate outdoor experiences to grow people in Christ-likeness, for the sake of others, to the glory of God. The minor is not about recreation; it is about re-creation. It is not about survival skills; it is about thrival skills.

There isn't a more beautiful place in the world than Colorado; CCU's Outdoor Leadership minor takes C.L.A.S.S. outside to pursue these goals:

Character formation
Leadership development
Authentic Community 
Skill acquisition
Spiritual transformation

Outdoor Leadership In the Christian University

Terrain and setting matter to God. He has always used outdoor settings to test people, expose unbelief, birth a vision, develop leaders, and reveal Himself. It was on mountains that God gave the law to Moses, Jesus gave the Great Commission, and the Apostle John received his vision of the New Jerusalem. The biblical and theological basis for outdoor leadership will motivate and mobilize you to powerfully share your outdoor passions with others. Choose from a wide variety of outdoor skills courses that integrate faith while using the experiential learning process that occurs outdoors.

You pay the same tuition rate whether you take 12 or 18 credit hours. So even if you are not interested in earning the entire 18-credit minor, why not round out your education by taking a few outdoor leadership courses and learn in God's great outdoors? Come to Colorado, and elevate your life!

Course Catalog
Interesting Outdoor Leadership classes you might take:
  • Hiking Colorado 14ers
  • Advanced Rock Climbing
  • Avalance Level 1 Certification
What can you do with a degree in Outdoor Leadership?
  • Outdoor/Wilderness Guide
  • Challenge Course Instructor
  • Christian Camp Staff
  • Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Graduate Studies



Jim Doenges

Associate Professor and Director of Outdoor Leadership Programs
School of Business and Leadership

Christ is the center and circumference of my life, so my faith is foundational and integrated into learning and my teaching. God’s stunning outdoor creation here in Colorado provides opportunities for learning beyond natural revelation. Facilitated outdoor experiences may be the most effective way today to help young people become more Christlike, for the sake of others, to the glory of God.
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