Discovery Church, outdoors

LISTEN – Outdoor Nature Lovers Experience God Everywhere


PRESCOTT, Ariz. (K-LOVE News – Abby Aronoff) – Outdoor Nation’s the name lovingly given to millions of Americans who can’t get enough of the great outdoors. Many of these nature enthusiasts use the whole weekend to explore the world around them. But now one pastor is capitalizing on the passion of those who feel God in nature.

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In Arizona, there is a lot to discover. With over 450 miles of trails and 1.25 million acres surrounding Prescott National Forrest, locals and visitors have trouble staying indoors. Pastor Steve Lummer of Discovery Church tells PE News, “You can whitewater raft, hike, mountain climb, bike, the options are endless.” And with moderate weather year-round you can explore from dawn to dusk.

After attending his own “pastors adventure” in Zion National Park exploring canyons and discussing the things of God with other like-minded church leaders, Steve caught a new vision: Church outside.

Steve explains, “We encourage people to get outside and let God speak to their inside.”

Pastor Steve started Discovery Church, but just about everyone in leadership is an outdoor enthusiast. And whether it’s trips to Yosemite, the Redwood National Park, or rafting at the Grand Canyon, members focus on faith as the congregation continues to grow.

Creation provides a powerful backdrop to connect and talk about God. And Steve points out, “Over half of Jesus’ teachings occurred in the outdoors.” In fact, Jesus took his disciples to mountains, in gardens and on boats to show them his purposes and teach them deep lessons about themselves.

At almost every adventure at Discovery Church a campfire is roaring and people are talking about the Creator.

For Pastor Steve it is simple, “We worship in outdoor classrooms to acknowledge that there is a center of the universe, and we are not it.”

Listen to the article on sound cloud here.

Ministry, outdoors

FORGE 2017



I know that you are pleased with me,  for my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.

– Psalm 41:11-12 NIV

           What a great time with the men of Journey Church.


America’s First National River

Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools while surrounded by massive bluffs as you cruise through the Ozark Mountains down to the White River.















Thanks for getting us there Jesse Quiroz.




Discovery Church, outdoors

Nate and Sarah Moore

This couple are U.S. appointed missionaries to the rock climbing community. They also work in Hollywood for the TV show American Ninja Warrior.

The symbiotic relationship these two fields have, has created so much opportunity for Nate and Sarah to reach people who would never otherwise enter the doors of a church. Nate and Sarah have been married for 8 years and have lived off and on out of a vehicle for the last 6 years. For the first time in their marriage they have a home base in Golden, Colorado.
Join us Friday night through Sunday with this fun amazing couple.
Discovery Church, Environmental Stewardship, outdoors, Prescott, Prescott National Forest

Discovery’s Adopt A Trail Work Day with the Prescott National Forest


What a great day with Discovery and the Prescott National Forest.

In partnership with the PNF we have adopted 2 miles of the Prescott Circle Trail.

Saturday, December 3rd was our first day out doing some trail work.

Enjoy the video and some pics.

Thanks to all who came out to work for a great cause.













All the best!

Pastor Steve




Books I'm Reading, outdoors



Diving into this tonight at the suggestion of a friend.

The only problem with me reading this book is now I know I will need to do this.

Here is the review on the Jacket cover.

“Carrying only basic camping equipment and a collection of the world’s great spiritual writings, Belden C. Lane embarks on solitary spiritual treks through the Ozarks and across the American Southwest. For companions, he has only such teachers as Rumi, John of the Cross, Hildegard of Bingen, Dag Hammarskjöld, and Thomas Merton, and as he walks, he engages their writings with the natural wonders he encounters–Bell Mountain Wilderness with Søren Kierkegaard, Moonshine Hollow with Thich Nhat Hanh–demonstrating how being alone in the wild opens a rare view onto one’s interior landscape, and how the saints’ writings reveal the divine in nature.

The discipline of backpacking, Lane shows, is a metaphor for a spiritual journey. Just as the wilderness offered revelations to the early Desert Christians, backpacking hones crucial spiritual skills: paying attention, traveling light, practicing silence, and exercising wonder. Lane engages the practice not only with a wide range of spiritual writings–Celtic, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sufi Muslim–but with the fascination of other lovers of the backcountry, from John Muir and Ed Abbey to Bill Plotkin and Cheryl Strayed. In this intimate and down-to-earth narrative, backpacking is shown to be a spiritual practice that allows the discovery of God amidst the beauty and unexpected terrors of nature. Adoration, Lane suggests, is the most appropriate human response to what we cannot explain, but have nonetheless learned to love.

An enchanting narrative for Christians of all denominations, Backpacking with the Saints is an inspiring exploration of how solitude, simplicity, and mindfulness are illuminated and encouraged by the discipline of backcountry wandering, and of how the wilderness itself becomes a way of knowing-an ecology of the soul.”

Now to make plans of my own.

My saints will be:

Frank Boreham, John Muir, Ed Abby, Henry David Thoreau, a little Leonard Sweet  and some good maps.

Thanks Eric N for the tip on this one.

“there are those who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.” – Aldo Leopold- A Sand County Almanac



Discovery Church, outdoors

Arizona Hot Springs Trip Details


Arizona Hot Springs Packing List
Two-Day Trip January 16-17, 2015

o Small sleeping bag and small pillow
o Small tent
o Shorts – 1 pair (fast drying)
o Pants – 1 or 2 pair (fast drying recommended)
o Light-colored long sleeve shirts – 1 or 2 (for sun protection)
o Swimwear (optional)
o Shoes that can get wet (Chacos, Tevas, Keens or similar highly recommended)
o Raingear (disposable poncho is fine)
o Base layer – polypropylene or other wicking type is best
o Fleece or other warm layer
o Personal items (toiletries, etc, please no glass containers)
o Small Packable Towel
o Flashlight or headlamp
o Bug spray (optional)
o Water bottle with a handle
o Hiking Boots or suitable hiking shoes
o Wool socks
o Gloves (optional)
o Small backpack with water bottles or hydration system
o Hat (with drawstring or “leash” recommended)
o Sunglasses (with Croakies or other leash)
o Sunscreen (twice what you think you’ll need!)
o Optional: Camera (waterproof recommended, disposables are fine), reading material, journal
All your items will need to fit into a dry bag (we’ll provide that) which is about the size of a 30 gallon
garbage bag. We will provide food, fresh water, meals, and snacks. (You are welcome to bring your
own additional snacks. Just let us know and we’ll store them for you away from the critters!) No glass
containers, please. Less is more on the river, so pack light.


Schedule and cost.

  • Depart Prescott 5:30 AM
  • Eat at Westside Lilo’s 7:00-8:00 AM (Not included)
  • Arrive at Willow Beach 10:30 AM
  • Launch Boat, Shuttle vehicles, Lunch (Included)
  • 3.5 Mile Hike to Arizona Hot Springs
  • Explore Sauna Cave, Boyscout Hot Springs ???
  • Dinner (Included)
  • Relax as long as you want in Arizona Hot Springs!
  • Sleeeeep
Jan. 17
  • Breakfast (Included)
  • Kayak (Weather Dependent)/Boat out (Numbers Dependent)/Hike Out
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kingman (In n’ Out ?)
  • Arrive in Prescott Late Afternoon/Evening
Cost: $97/person. There are some variables that we just do not know. If it is cold and windy, then kayaking is out of the question. If we have more than 16 people total on the trip, then everyone riding the big boat is unsafe. If there is more than 16 people, some people are definitely going to have to hike out if we cannot kayak. If the weather looks good for kayaking I have 10 2-person kayaks, and enough paddles and PFDs. Bringing the big boat allows us to transport everyone’s personal gear so you only have to hike with a daypack, and we get to eat like kings.
Get you name on the list for this winter trip to the Arizona hot springs coming just around the corner.
This is gonna be good so get in so you can get OUT.
Terria Wild & Discovery Church