An Adventure Sports Ministry provides a non-threatening environment for non-Christians to have their negative perceptions of Christianity and Christians be challenged.
Because of either a negative past experience or a perception based on mass media exposure, the average non-Christian perceives Christians to be sedentary, boring, legalistic, and strange people with whom they have very little in common. When a non-Christian adventure enthusiast hears about BAS, it immediately conflicts with their paradigm or perception. When they meet and participate with BAS people and find them to be full of life, intelligent, purpose driven, authentic, non-judgmental, and genuinely friendly, we hope it creates an opportunity for that person to reconsider the relevance that Jesus Christ might have for their own life.
Because Bayside Adventure Sports (BAS) is connected to Bayside Church and the leaders have confidence in the appeal of the church services to non-Christians, BAS participants can focus on building friendships with non-Christians and then, when the visitor’s perception of Christianity is challenged, inviting them to visit their church and have their paradigm completely altered, thereby opening an opportunity for them to consider Christianity.
Hundreds have begun attending Bayside Church and choosing to follow Jesus who started their journey while on a hike, kayak, paddle board, or dirt bike ride with Bayside Adventure Sports.