Author: Nick Sackman

Sign up now for the NEW SFC Leadership Development Program

Written by Nick Sackman
on August 14, 2018 in News

Over the past several years, the SFC movement has seen a tremendous amount of growth. With chapters popping up all around the world (e.g., Chile, Aspen, Burlington), God has been actively demonstrating His heart for the shred industry. SFC has been blessed to be a part of this incredible movement and this growing network of folks that God has burdened with the task of “being a light” on the hill. But, as God has continued to extend His reach into the ski/snowboard culture, we have realized that there is an increasing need to train leaders across the globe. While there are many who resonate with – and firmly believe in – the mission of SFC, there are also many who do not feel equipped to carry it out. The Leadership Development Program (LDP), launching this October, is our latest attempt to help meet this need – to equip and encourage current (and future) leaders to BE THE BRIDGE that connects the snowriding culture to Jesus.

The heart of the program (our WHY) is rooted in our conviction that EVERY believer (every SFCer) should be equipped to carry out the work that God has called them to. We are saddened when we see people, who feel a burden for this culture, resolve to sit on the sidelines because they do not believe that they could ever make an impact. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is, Christ has given us ALL gifts that can be used for the building up of His body (the Church). It is our hope/prayer that this program will be one of the ways that God confirms this in the life of every SFCer.

Why should you apply for SFC’s new Leadership Development Program?

  1. 1. To get plugged into an intentional Christ-centered community
  2. 2. To know God and His Word better
  3. 3. To get hands-on ministry experience
  4. 4. To experience what God is doing through ski/snowboard ministry

 
We still have a couple of spots available, so we’ve decided to extend the registration deadline through August 31st. Would you consider putting in an application? We would be stoked to have you!

If you have any questions, please shoot me an email at ryan@sfcusa.org.

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SFC Australia: The light continues to shine

Written by Nick Sackman
on July 30, 2018 in News

In the snow riding culture, we often hear that it’s always snowing somewhere. When you hear Australia, you may think of surfing, the Outback, and kangaroos. It can be hard to imagine heaps of snow. Over the past decade, the Australian skiing and snowboarding population has grown massively, and their influence is becoming evident. Perisher Australia offers the best snowboard/ski terrain park in the southern hemisphere, which attracts people from all over the world to the Australian snowy mountains. The population in the country town of Jindabyne jumps from a few small thousand to over twenty thousand during peak winter months. The Aussie snowriding culture finds a mass amount of people trying escape reality for a few months in the party scene. Major hardships thrive there such as drug and alcohol abuse, addiction, loss of identity, depression, suicide, STDs, etc. Many let loose and lose their identity in skiing/snowboarding, partying, and/or relationships. There is a huge need for SFC and the Christian community to connect Christians and non-believers to experience the love, hope, and purpose found in Jesus.

Over the last ten years, SFC leaders have been investing into reaching this community with bible studies, soup kitchens, and other community outreach. SFC staff member, Taylor Brant from Colorado, has spent the last three years abroad in Australia and New Zealand rebuilding SFC’s relationship with the local church, planting seeds, casting vision, discipling new believers, sharing the gospel, and laying the foundation of what’s possible for future SFC Aussie/Kiwi leaders leaders to continue to be a light on the hill. Taylor (aka Swifty) eturned home to Colorado this July and passed on the baton to local Aussie leaders. The SFC movement is capturing the hearts of new leaders to be light on the hill not only in Jindabyne but also the other Australia snowy mountains in Victoria at Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, and Bright. God is evolving and shaping SFC Australia organically; it’s a team and community effort to reach the lost in the shred culture. The new crew is meeting regularly for bible studies, life groups, and serving in the communities. Please partner alongside SFC in prayer as God continues to raise up new leaders throughout Australia and New Zealand so that the fire and passion for Jesus to reach the good news to the lost.

Pray for SFC Australia

Unity – That leadership will work together and for more leaders to be called to serve.

Community – That the community will be able to help provide protection and support to vulnerable people.

Development – That Christian skiers and snowboarders will connect in Victoria mountains to gather and form an SFC ministry team.

Events – For God’s work, finances, and organization as SFC serves the community through outreach events such as Love-A-Lifty fudge, PBJs in the park, and Sausage Sizzles

Growth – That Australian leaders will rise up and mature in their calling, confidence, and knowledge of the Lord.

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Rebuilding the Shred Scene after the War

Written by Nick Sackman
on June 29, 2017 in News

It is the intention of SFC to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values – Believing, Relationships, Identity, Doing, Gospel, Engaging. This story from our interim European Director, Hondo Wynn, epitomizes the Value of Engaging, by meeting all people right where they are.

Sarajevo 84 Olympic Village

Seven years after Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Olympics, Yugoslavia began to break up. Without going into the long and complicated situation, by 1992 Bosnia was at war. The war was ethnically and religiously tied, and there were many casualties of this war that lasted several years. Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, was under siege for a couple of years. The city that once hosted the Olympics was being bombed. The slopes that once held the ski races were now the scenes of intense mountain warfare. They continue to find landmines in those areas to this day.

I met some Bosnians when I was in Czech at a conference. After some chatting, I found that they run snowboard camps for Bosnian youth. I asked if there was anything SFC could do to help them with their camps. They said it would help tremendously if we could bring some people to teach snowboarding. I recruited a couple of Swiss SFCers, and we made it happen in January.

When we rolled into Sarajevo late at night, it was -23 celsius and snow was piled everywhere. We jumped right into a camp full of Bosnian teenagers who were stoked to learn to snowboard. We were able to teach them at two of the Olympic resorts. On the last day, we built a mini terrain park with some tubes and shovels. Good times were had by all. We shared stories of how God found us, and we had lots of great conversations riding (scary, old) chairlifts and hiking the mini park. It was a unique experience that blended engaging students in a war-torn country and teaching them to ride and enjoy the big local mountains God put on the outskirts of their capital city.

Help SFC BRIDGE

ONLY ONE DAY LEFT! We’ve shared six amazing stories with you that express each of SFC’s values. This is how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $30,000 left to raise and ONLY ONE DAY LEFT TO DO IT.

Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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Effectively Sharing the Gospel in Big Bear

Written by Nick Sackman
on June 23, 2017 in News

At SFC, we’re working to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values. This story from our SFC Big Bear leaders in Big Bear, CA, Adam and Julie Stromwall, demonstrates the Value of Gospel.

Effectively Sharing the Gospel in Big Bear

If you’ve ever been to Bear Mountain, you would notice the park is full of filmers, and even more so than other resorts.  A couple of our chapter leaders thought it would be a great idea to put together a video contest to attract park riders to come to our free dinner nights! We worked very hard to put together our contest called “60 Seconds to ShrEDIT.”  The inspiration came from HELP Boardshop in Minnesota. The contest rules were simple: create a [roughly] 60 second video edit filmed at one of our two local mountains, Bear Mountain or Snow Summit.  The video edit was then submitted online, and the contestant needed to be at the video premiere held on March 12th.

Everyone worked hard at handing out business card size flyers on the hill and telling anyone and everyone about the contest.  We received some amazing prizes from local sponsors.  Community Church blessed us with our 1st place cash prize of $500! Never having done this before, we were nervous how many submissions we would receive. We were pumped to receive 13!

The night of the video premiere was amazing. SO many new faces came to Community Church’s Historic Chapel to watch the edits!  We served free dinner and got to meet 75+ new “locals” who we were unable to attract earlier in the season.

Everyone loved the videos. It was a loud, exciting event. Immediately after the video edits played, we had each person vote on paper their favorite edit.  After voting, we played short video with SFC International Director, Josh Stock, and Pro Snowboarder, Andy Finch, where they talked about what in the shred culture is important to them.  Those who were watching were given a brief, yet powerful, message on a relationship with Christ.  Next we had SFC Big Bear leader, Hannah Keller, give a short message on biblical truth.  Her words were well received! We know seeds were planted on that night, and we’re so thankful to be able to minister at such a fun event.

Help SFC BRIDGE

You’ll receive one story about how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture each week for the next three weeks. We’re also going to update you on our financial journey. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $32,000 left to raise to meet our needs for the year (ending June 30th). Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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Love the Pass

Written by Nick Sackman
on June 19, 2017 in News

At SFC, we’re working to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values. This story from our SFC Summit leaders in Dillon, CO, Cory and Tina Holton, demonstrates the Value of Doing.

Love the Pass

On April 1, 2017, SFC Summit partnered with SFC Vail and SFC Denver to put on a “Love The Pass Day” at Loveland Pass in Summit County, Colorado. Loveland Pass is a popular backcountry area for snowboarding and skiing. At the pass, skiers and riders start near the top of the pass and then hitch a ride back up once they get to the bottom. We met at the bottom of the most popular run and set up a grill, fire pit, and seating. We had donuts and coffee in the morning and grilled hot dogs and passed out water bottles in the afternoon for anyone who was at the pass that day. We also used the SFC van to shuttle people and their gear back to the top of the pass. All of this was provided for free to those on the mountain. A lot of people asked how much the food or shuttle cost. When they found out it was free, they would ask why we were doing this. Their questions opened the door to talk to them about SFC, Jesus, and why we want to serve others. We ended the day handing out over 100 hot dogs, going through 2 cases of bottled water, and being able to talk to a lot of people about Jesus.

Our “Love The Pass Day” on Loveland Pass is an example of the SFC core value of “doing.” We define this value as,  “We selflessly demonstrate our love for Jesus by putting others ahead of ourselves through serving one another, the local communities we live in, and the entire snow riding culture.” Through giving away free food and drink and providing shuttle rides to those who ride the backcountry in our community, we were able to serve them and show them the love of Jesus through our actions. It is through events like this that we are able to serve others, tell them about Jesus, and be the light of Jesus in the snow riding culture.

Help SFC BRIDGE

You’ll receive one story about how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture each week for the next three weeks. We’re also going to update you on our financial journey. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $35,000 left to raise to meet our needs for the year (ending June 30th). Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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We Are The Church

Written by Nick Sackman
on June 9, 2017 in News

At SFC, we’re working to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values. This story from our SFC UK Director in Leeds, United Kingdom, Andy Brumby, demonstrates the Value of Identity.

We Are The Church

So, there’s this pretty reserved guy named Danny. We had been riding with Danny at our weekly SFC shred events for about six months. He was a regular. He was quiet at first, but began to open up to us about his faith after a few months. Danny told us that he was struggling in his walk with Jesus and had stopped attending church. Eventually, Danny joined us on one of our winter trips where we take a crew of guys and girls (of all different levels of faith and/or non-faith). Even though Danny did NOT want to attend church, he was happy to come along on a shred trip with some snowboarders and skiers who may or may not be Christians. SFC was Danny’s last connection to Christ after leaving the local church, and after spending quality time with Danny for that week away, our SFC leaders were able to come alongside him and help nurture his faith. They also managed to reconnect him with a local church.

Over the next 12 months, we saw a very real outward display of God’s transforming power in Danny as he became more confident and outgoing in living out his faith. The part of the story that rings true with our SFC leaders all over the world is that Danny was not interested in “church attendance.” He was interested in “shred attendance,” and specifically in shred attendance alongside people who were genuine and who cared for him. What he didn’t realize was that WE ARE THE CHURCH. He was coming to snowboard with us, but he was hanging with US – THE CHURCH ITSELF! Our shared IDENTITY is in the family of God, NOT in skiing and snowboarding. And by investing into people like Danny, we use our passion for the snow as a tool to keep making disciples and building the Kingdom of God.

Help SFC BRIDGE

You’ll receive one story about how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture each week for the next four weeks. We’re also going to update you on our financial journey. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $37,000 left to raise to meet our needs for the year (ending June 30th). Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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Sun Valley Pool Party

Written by Nick Sackman
on June 2, 2017 in News

At SFC, we’re working to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values. This story from our chapter leaders in Sun Valley, Idaho, Phil and Adrianna, demonstrates the Value of Relationships.

Pool Party!

One of our main prayers this season at SFC Sun Valley was to build relationships with young riders and, specifically, with the Sun Valley snowboard team. Phil already had the idea at our SFC North America conference to plan events that he would want to attend. So, we decided on a pool party. Yes, a pool party. My husband is a big child and LOVES waterslides. We decided to gear the pool party towards the SV snowboard team. We showed up at their practice, handed out flyers, and spread the word to the best of our ability. We had absolutely no idea if anyone would show up. Not to mention, the morning of the event, there was an accident in the YMCA pool that caused us to scramble for another pool to accommodate us at the last minute. Where did we end up? Only the swankiest pool in town!

The day of, we drove a bus over to Dollar Mountain. Low and behold, 15 riders were ready to splash around in the pool with us, eat pizza, and win some sweet SFC swag. The timing was obviously God’s timing. We found out about their only local snowboard competition the following weekend and connected with their parents, which led to us to volunteer our time that weekend.

It was so rad to see some of the kids already wearing their swag and representing Jesus at their competition. Some even asked if they could be sponsored by SFC Sun Valley.

All this to say, we planned a number of simple events this year. Some were successful, some not so much, but I’m certain all were beneficial in the Kingdom. Our mindset since the start has been that it really doesn’t matter what we do, as long as we’re doing it for the glory of God and to show HIS love!

Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. Colossians‬ ‭3:15-17‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Help SFC BRIDGE

You’ll receive one story about how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture each week for the next five weeks. We’re also going to update you on our financial journey. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $38,000 left to raise to meet our needs for the year (ending June 30th). Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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At Risk Youth Learning to Shred

Written by Nick Sackman
on May 26, 2017 in News

At SFC, we’re working to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values. Over the next 6 weeks, we’d like to share a story that highlights one of these values. This story from our chapter leader in Spokane, Washington, Philip Schulz, demonstrates the Value of Believing.

City Ride Camp

This winter, SFC Spokane had it’s second annual City Ride Camp. At CRC, we partner with Youth For Christ to provide an opportunity for kids from at risk and low income neighborhoods to have a chance to get on the mountain and learn to snowboard and ski, while also seeking opportunities to love these kids and encourage them towards BELIEVING IN Jesus.

It was awesome to see God’s power and provision as we planned for this camp. From gear to food to lift tickets, everything was provided by volunteers and the Mt. Spokane resort. The camp went for three days and two nights, and 25 kids showed up from all walks of life and snowboard/ski ability levels. The forecast for the weekend was looking wet and rainy, and we were worried about the weather ruining these kids’ times on the mountain. Naturally, we prayed about it, and God dropped the temps a bit so that what was suppose to be rain turned into light, soft snow that was great for the kids to learn.

One of the great things about City Ride Camp is that it provides an opportunity for people in our snow community to serve others. From park rats to ski instructors and everyone in between, we had people who might not normally associate with each other come together to serve these kids.

We are excited to continue these camps in the future, and we BELIEVE that God is going to keep doing radical things in people’s lives through them. We hope that we can grow the camp, bring more people in our community to be involved and demonstrate our BELIEF in a personal, generous God by our examples.

Help SFC BRIDGE

You’ll receive one story about how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture each week for the next six weeks. We’re also going to update you on our financial journey. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $45,000 left to raise to meet our needs for the year (ending June 30th). Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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Check your Email every week for the WWW

Written by Nick Sackman
on February 5, 2017 in News

We know you might not come to our website every week but we still want you to get the Weekly Winter Word! Sign up with this quick form and you’ll get it straight to your inbox!!


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SFC receives 2017 Best Outdoor Programs award by Outdoorleaders.com

Written by Nick Sackman
on January 13, 2017 in News

SFC is currently listed on the Recommended Outdoor Program (ROP) list featured on the blog, OUTDOORLEADERS.COM. The ROP List is a growing list of like-minded ministries and camps that use multi-day outdoor adventures to introduce people to Jesus and help them grow in their faith through guided outdoor adventures.

We are super excited to receive this award as we hope it helps grow the network of Christ-like skiers and snowboarders who want to make an impact in their communities. If you would like to learn how to do this and how to get connected then reach out to us here.

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