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OL 601 Stewardship in Creation: Theology and Outdoor Practice This course introduces students to a biblically informed theology of creation and its stewardship, discovering the rich Christian tradition of caring for creation, understanding how impacts to creation can disproportionately affect the poor, and developing a better informed apologetic concerning contemporary environmental issues. Two hours. OL 602 Adventure Ministry in Cross-cultural Contexts This course is a study of the use of wilderness and adventure in cross-cultural contexts, with special attention given to the biblical/theological rationale and cross-cultural sensitivity required for design and implementation. The focus is on wilderness and adventure as the means and the context for evangelism, discipleship, spiritual formation, leadership development, and mission in both local and global cross-cultural contexts. Two hours. OL 650 Outdoor Leadership Practicum This is an advanced, field-based course providing opportunities for students to gain meaningful life-on-life training to increase their outdoor leadership experience, competencies, and vocational fitness. A seven-day wilderness trip in the Wind River Range of Wyoming will provide opportunities for each student to learn and apply the soft- and meta-skills required of professional leaders of wilderness and adventure programs. Knowledge and skills include experiential learning models; designing, setting up, implementing, and debriefing adventure activities; risk management; Christian environmental stewardship; incorporating spiritual formation activities; and effective outdoor leadership. Students can also expect challenging scenarios, opportunity for encounters with God, practice of spiritual disciplines, solo time, and character development. Reading and writing requirements will augment experiential learning. All needed equipment, clothing, food, and transportation are provided. Limited to twelve students. Prerequisite: OL 501 Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Foundations of Outdoor Leadership or professor approval. Two hours. OL 670 Adventure Ministry Leadership and Programming A practical course designed to teach students about the theology, philosophy, methodology, and potential outcomes of adventure programming ministry. In addition to classroom-based instruction, students experience first-hand many of the adventure experiences presented, including ropes course participation, rock climbing, rappelling, sea kayaking, and backpacking. The class is not exhaustive but instead provides a general overview of adventure programming along with an in-depth look at a number of activities that are most effective and available. Two hours. OL 590, 690 Studies in Outdoor Leadership These course numbers are reserved for courses of special or one-time interest that do not otherwise appear in the catalog. Two or three hours. OL 591, 691 Individualized Study in Outdoor Leadership These course numbers are reserved for courses that are designed to free the student for independent investigation in outdoor leadership under the guidance of a professor. One to three hours. 115

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