Rugged Cross Outdoors is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization and will serve as the platform for our ministry—Missions trips to the Woods, Lakes, Fields and Streams. The organization was created to fulfill the ultimate plan that God has instilled in our hearts—to go out into the outdoor world and share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are committed to Glorifying Jesus Christ using what He has created to spread the Word of God while encouraging fellowship amongst outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Rugged Cross Outdoors also wholeheartedly values the next generation—our youth. In order for us to ensure God’s Kingdom will continue to advance as well as preserve the wonderful sport of hunting, we must reach out to everyone–adults, people with disabilities and/or life threatening illnesses and especially our youth!
The Rugged Cross Outdoors team engages in a multitude of ministry activities that support this overall mission.
The first activity is our Outfitter Outreach Ministry. Each week during the hunting season we will send anywhere from 1-4 groups of at least two individuals that will include some combination of ministry leaders, field staff volunteers and/or guests to an established hunting Outfitter. Each team will generally include at least one ministry leader. The ministry team will have the opportunity to both engage in fellowship as well as outreach through sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with fellow outdoorsmen who are in camp that week. Simultaneously, they will be hunting and filming for the Rugged Cross Outdoors Christian based hunting television show and DVD series.
The second major activity is our Youth Hunters Outreach Ministry. As previously mentioned, our youth are an important asset to the status of our future. We, as adults, have an obligation to reach out to our children and youth in order to productively assist in the development and success of our younger generations. At Rugged Cross Outdoors, we don’t see it as an obligation to reach out to our children and youth—we see it as one of our major passions. The sport of hunting provides an effective environment for adults to teach our younger generations about dignity and respect for all that God has created—the land and all its’ resources including the wildlife and the people that inhabit this world.
What We Believe
Our ministry opportunities foster an environment conducive for spiritual growth for all who love to hunt or just simply enjoy the outdoors. We believe in promoting biblical truth about our Creator and Savior in a non-threatening way. We strive to actively demonstrate the wonderful impact of Jesus Christ in our daily lives. We work to exemplify the importance of having an interactive relationship with Jesus Christ.
We support sound conservation efforts directed at maximizing and improving the land and the wildlife that inhabit this world. We are committed to spreading interest in the sport of hunting to our youth and other diverse populations in order to better preserve the future of hunting.
We also believe in supporting organizations designed to advocate for our rights to bear arms and preserve the sport of hunting. We believe in hunter education programs that promote solid hunting ethics and weapon safety for all people interested in the sport of hunting.