NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Jason Cruise’s eyes light up when he starts relating stories about hooking trout in a cold mountain stream. His voice quickens describing the patience involved in outwitting and luring a tom turkey.
By Russ Rankin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Jason Cruise’s eyes light up
when he starts relating stories about hooking trout in a cold mountain
stream. His voice quickens describing the patience involved in
outwitting and luring a tom turkey.
But it’s ministry that really gets Cruise excited –
ministry that connects disconnected men with their Creator God through
the call of the great outdoors.
Cruise, former pastor of Belmont Heights Baptist
Church in Nashville, Tenn., founded Outdoor Ministry Network three
years ago to train other churches how to develop successful outdoor
Taking his sense of adventure a step further, Cruise
now has joined with LifeWay Christian Resources to start a weblog
(blog) to foster a sense of community among Christian outdoorsman.
The blog – www.outfittingyourfaith.com – is designed
as a “year in the life” format and will include Cruise’s personal
adventure as he transitions from the pastorate to concentrate fulltime
on Outdoor Ministry Network.
“There has never been a place for Christians to go
to connect with other likeminded guys on things they are passionate
about – from turkey calls to high-end ministry tools,” Cruise said.
“The blog is a place where men can have community and share ideas as
well as find outlets for adventure and ministry.”
The idea for the blog emerged from conversations
between Cruise and Ben Stroup, special projects coordinator for LifeWay
Christian Stores. The two – who at one time served on church staff
together – were looking for ways to help churches grow their ministry
“LifeWay is all about finding biblical solutions for
individuals and finding creative ministry solutions and outlets for
pastors and churches,” Stroup explained.
“It was a natural step for Jason to couple his life and ministry with LifeWay in a candid, honest way.”