Author: Ryan Leeds

Join us in year 2 of the Leadership Development Program

Written by Ryan Leeds
on August 21, 2019 in News

Do you have a desire to grow in your relationship with God?

And to learn what it means to be a LIGHT in your shred community? Well, then, the SFC Leadership Development Program is for you! SFC’s Leadership Development Program is a 6-month residential program, based in Summit County, CO, that seeks to equip students with the tools they need to carry out their God-given calling to the shred culture.

Yes, 6 months is a long time (it’s a BIG commitment), BUT here are five reasons why we think YOU should sign up!

1. You’ll get plugged into an intentional Christ-centered community

We NEED other believers in our life – brothers/sisters who will walk alongside us, who will speak truth into our life, and who will challenge us to be more like Christ. In this program, you will be given several opportunities to plug into Christian community (intentional discipleship/mentorship relationships) – because nothing promotes growth quite like community.

2. You’ll get to know God and His Word better

God wrote a book. The most important book in the world. In it, God reveals to us who He is, who we are, and how we can have a relationship with Him. If we’re honest, though, the Bible is a book that many of us have a difficult time navigating. We know that it’s important and that it deserves our attention, but we’re not completely sure how to read it and/or how to apply it. In this program, we dedicate several months to an in-depth study of God’s Word and explore topics such as discipleship, evangelism, spiritual formation, leadership/mentorship, apologetics, and inductive Bible study. As we devote time to studying God’s Word, we will get to know God – and ourselves – better. Knowing God better will enhance our ministry and our impact on the world around us.

3. You’ll receive hands-on ministry experience

One of the greatest joys in the Christian life is our participation in the Great Commission – making Jesus known to the world around us! But if we’re honest, this is something that most of us have a hard time with. We struggle with our proclamation/declaration of the gospel because we’re scared of how people will react. One of our primary goals in this program is to help move you past this fear to a place of joyful proclamation. So we give you plenty of opportunities to do just that – to joyfully proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the skiers/snowboarders around you.

4. You’ll get to experience what God is doing through ski/snowboard ministry

God is doing amazing work in the shred community, and for almost 25 years, SFC has been blessed to be apart of it. In this program, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from veteran SFC leaders, and to experience firsthand the way that they are building relationships and impacting people on the hill.

5. You will grow in your understanding and practice of leadership

True leadership is about sacrifice. It’s about dying to self (selfish interests/motives) so that others can flourish. Like Jesus, Christian leaders are men/women who lead by serving, not by being served. As we grow in our understanding of what it means to be a disciple (through our studies), we will quickly see that spiritual leadership is simply the outpouring of a heart/life surrendered to God and His mission. Our aim, through this program, is to help students become gospel-driven leaders by giving them opportunities to serve the ski/snowboard community well.

Would you consider joining us this winter season – October 14th to April 17th? Our (SFC’s) desire/prayer is that God would continue to raise up leaders who have a heart for this culture – who will be the BRIDGE that connects the ski/snowboard culture to Jesus. We are praying that you would come and see how God can use your gifts to build up His body within this culture.

APPLY using the link below. Questions? Need more information? Email Ryan Leeds at ryan@sfcusa.org for additional information.

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Leadership Development Program was LIT 🔥 in the First Year

Written by Ryan Leeds
on July 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

Ryan with Jon and Daniel. The 2018-19 LDP graduates.
Ryan with Jon and Daniel. The 2018-19 LDP graduates.

Well, it’s over. The first year of SFC’s Leadership Development Program has officially come to an end. It almost doesn’t seem real. A year ago, Lauren and I were still living in VA, and there was a ton of work that needed to be done. It almost seemed like an impossible task (move across the country, write 6-months worth of curriculum, get students to apply, organize monthly service opportunities, launch a brand new program, etc.). But it happened. God has been so incredibly faithful. In fact, this entire year has been a testament to his grace/provision. He made it work. He provided the students, the lessons, the service opportunities, and everything else we needed. I couldn’t be more thankful.

It was such a blessing to be able to work with Jon and Daniel this year. Both of these guys came into the program eager to learn/grow – and they definitely put in a ton of work. They grew so much during the program, and it has been such a blessing to watch them apply what they have learned (since the end of the program). God has some big things in store for these guys!

Testimonies from Jon and Daniel about the program.

Register now for the 19-20 season!

Why apply?

  • To get plugged into an awesome Christ-centered community with people who carry similar passions
  • To know God and His Word better
  • To get hands-on ministry experience
  • To experience what God is doing in ski/snowboard ministry
  • You’ll get to live and ride in Summit County, CO for an entire winter season!

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FIVE reasons to get “L.I.T.” 🔥 with us

Written by Ryan Leeds
on August 22, 2018 in News

We recently posted four reasons to apply to SFC’s new Leadership Development Program. In this post, we want to briefly expound upon those reasons – and give you one more! Here are FIVE reasons to apply for the Leadership Development Program (which we’re fondly referring to as the Leaders Intensive Training “L.I.T.”):

To get plugged into an intentional Christ-centered community:
We believe that it’s impossible to realize the fullest measures/riches of the Christian life apart from Christian community. This is because we simply cannot give ourselves everything that we need for the Christian life. We NEED other believers in our life – brothers/sisters who will walk alongside us, who will speak truth into our life, and who will challenge us to be more like Christ. In this program, you’ll be given several opportunities to plug in and experience Christian community – because nothing promotes growth quite like community.

To know God and His Word better:
God wrote a book. The most important book in the world. In it, God reveals to us who He is, who we are, and how we come into relation with Him. If we’re honest, though, the Bible is a book that many of us have difficulty navigating. We know that it’s important and that it deserves our attention, but we’re not completely sure how to read it and/or how to apply it. In this program, we will dedicate several months to an in-depth study of God’s Word and will explore topics such as: discipleship, evangelism, leadership/mentorship, apologetics, intercultural communication, and inductive Bible study. As we devote time to studying God’s Word, we will get to know God – and ourselves – better. Knowing God better will enhance our ministry and our impact to the world around us.

To get hands-on ministry experience:
It is not enough to know God better – we have been called to make Him known! If we have experienced the goodness of God’s grace in our lives, then we need to step up and live like it by reaching out. In this program, you will be given several opportunities to get plugged into the work that God is doing here in Colorado, and to put into practice the things that God has taught you in the “classroom.”

To experience what God is doing through ski/snowboard ministry:
God is doing an amazing work in the shred community, and for 20+ years, SFC has been blessed to be apart it. In this program, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from veteran SFC leaders, and to experience (firsthand) the way that they are building relationships and impacting people on the hill.

To grow in your understanding and practice of leadership:
True leadership is about sacrifice. It’s about dying to self (selfish interests/motives), so that others can flourish. Like Jesus, Christian leaders are men/women who lead by serving, not by being served. As we grow in our understanding of what it means to be a disciple (through our studies), we will quickly see that (spiritual) leadership is simply the outpouring of a heart/life surrendered to God and His mission. Our aim, through this program, is to help people become gospel-driven leaders by helping them realize their true leadership potential.

As SFC, we share this vision “to be the LIGHT of Jesus” in our dark culture, it’s fitting (and a little humorous) to say that we design this “Leadership Intensive Training” to get new SFC leaders “L.I.T.” together. We are praying that YOU would come and see how God can use your gifts to build up His body and light up your community!

 

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Living in light of eternity

Written by Ryan Leeds
on January 7, 2015 in Devotionals

January 7, 2015

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Bible Reference

1 Cor. 15:58

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Living in light of eternity

The apostle Paul was the “poster child” when it came to living in light of eternity. His life revolved around making the most of his time on earth – don’t believe me? Take a quick look at what Paul had to say to the Philippians: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.” PA– USE – Let’s reexamine what Paul just said; “To me to live is Christ…if I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.” Paul had no interest in wasting his time or his life – Paul’s sole purpose in life was serving God and making the gospel known to all people (fruitful labor).

He goes on: “My desire is to depart and to be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith…” (Phil. 1:21-25)

Paul did not fear death – “to die is gain.” In fact, Paul greatly desired to depart and to be with Christ, but he knew that God was not done using him yet: “convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress…” What do these few verses show us? 1) Paul was extremely confident in his eternal destiny and 2) Paul’s confidence in his eternal destiny motivated him to help others come to know Christ and develop to their full potential.

Paul did not live his life seeking his own comfort or advancement. Paul’s life revolved around the advancement of Christ’s kingdom, no matter what it cost. Need proof? Take a look at 2 Corinthians 11:23-29 – Paul provides the Corinthians with a list of all the things he had to go through in order to make Christ’s name known.

After reading through this list you may ask yourself: Why? Why would Paul go through all of that? What was his motivation? Because to us, this list seems crazy, ludicrous even. Why would someone continue to go through all of this pain? For Paul, the answer was simple – the gospel. The gospel was Paul’s driving force, his motivation, and the purpose behind his ministry. Paul was happy to embrace the suffering and to count it as all joy, because of the gospel. And this is what Paul was seeking to help the Corinthians understand; that because of the gospel, all of their labor (all of their suffering/work for the ministry) served a purpose, it wasn’t in vain.

Why? Because death has been overcome!

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul is trying to show the Corinthians that had Christ not been raised for the dead, then yes, everything that they were doing (all of the stuff Paul talks about in the first 14 chapters) would be in vain – it would serve no purpose. But…Christ did in fact rise from the dead, the firstfruits of those fallen (evidence of more to come). Christ defeated death and has made life after death possible for all of those who belong to him! And because Christ defeated death they could be confident that everything that they were doing was preparing for them an eternal weight of glory (2 Cor. 4:17) – it all served a purpose.

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Application

What we do, and how we live today, matters for all eternity.

How does life beyond death motivate you to live your life?

How are you going to make the most of your time?

You know, it’s funny…

Most of us will put our body through torture in order to learn a new trick on our snowboard and/or skis. We’ll pour hours upon hours into practicing, hoping that ONE DAY it will pay off…we’ll win the next big contest, get the next big video part, or finally be able to showoff in front of all of our friends.

BUT…

When it comes to sharing the Gospel, most of us are not willing to put in nearly the same amount of time or effort.

Over the next week spend some time reflecting on the gospel and the life that has been promised to you as a result of what Jesus has accomplished – what should you be doing in response?

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