Leadership Development Program


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) 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.

WHY? – What Drives our Actions

We believe that every saint should be equipped to do the work of the ministry. Ministry is not something that is reserved for the select few, the “spiritually elite.” We have ALL been called to the work of the ministry – to exercise our spiritual gifts for building up the body of Christ (Eph. 4:11-12; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:7).

HOW? – Our Ministry Philosophy

We believe that spiritual growth is best fostered in the context of intentional community; where disciples live on mission together (Acts 2:42-47; Eph. 4:15-16; Heb. 3:12-14; 10:24-25).

WHAT? – The Plan

The Leadership Development Program is a 6-month residential program that aims to equip students with the tools needed to carry out their God-given calling in the shred culture. Over the course of 6-months, our students will:

  1. Get plugged into an intentional Christ-centered community
  2. Work through a focused curriculum – attending multiple classes throughout the week
  3. Receive hands-on ministry experience
  4. Experience what God is doing in ski/snowboard ministry

Meet the Leeds

Ryan and Lauren are stoked to move out to Colorado (in August 2018) to help kick-start the SFC Leadership Training Program. Ryan and Lauren will be moving from Virginia, with their daughter, Bella, and their mini Australian shepherd, Melchizedek. Ryan has been involved in the ski/snowboard industry for 20+ years, and is currently the General Manager of the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. He holds a BS in Biblical Studies, and will complete his MA in Theological Studies this Summer. Ryan has served with SFC in various capacities over the past six years, and looks forward to joining SFC full time.


Cost: $1000/month (covers rent and enrollment in program)
Dates: October 2019 through April 2020
Location: Summit County, CO


We would love for you to join us in October 2019! For more information, contact Ryan at [email protected]
Or if you’re ready to send it…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the cost of the program, and what does this include?

The cost of the program is $6,000 USD which can be payable in one lump sum or at $1000 each month for the 6 months of the program. This includes rent, books/resources, teaching/conference fees, a season pass, and some travel (for service projects/events).

Is food included in the cost of the program?

No. While some meals are provided, students are responsible for the majority of their meals. We recommend that students budget approximately $200/month for groceries.

How old do you have to be to attend the LDP?

Students must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this program.

Is there an age limit?

We currently do not have an age limit for the program. Each application will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

What do we do during the Holidays?

The LDP will break for 1-2 weeks during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Students are permitted to stay in the LDP house (if they wish) during the breaks.

What about the SFC Conference?

Students are highly encouraged to attend and participate in SFC’s national conference (lodging, conference fees, and food will be covered under the cost of the program).

How many hours are students expected to commit to the program each week?

Students are expected to commit 20 hours to the program each week. The 20 hours will consist of classroom time, service projects, and ski/ride days.

Can I get a part time job to help with some of my expenses?

Yes! The program was intentionally designed to take up only 20hrs/week, so that students could get a part time job (if they wanted/needed one). There are a ton of job opportunities in the county during the winter season, and we think that this (working locally) is a great way to plug in and meet new people.

Are international students welcome?

International students are more than welcome to apply, but it is recommended that they apply at least 4-5 months in advance, as international visas require processing time. International work visas are more difficult to acquire, but nothing is impossible, so each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What is the living situation like?

SFC provides housing within Summit County (location may vary each season). This year, students will be living in a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom townhome located in Silverthorne, CO. Students are expected to share a room with 1-2 other students.

How am I supposed to get around?

Students are more than welcome to bring a personal vehicle. Students who do not wish (and/or are unable) to bring a personal vehicle will be able to enjoy Summit County’s free bus system.

What should I pack?

Students should do their best to pack lightly as they will be required to share a room.

School Supplies:

  • Pens/pencils/highlighters
  • Bible (preferably a non-paraphrase translation: ESV, NASB, NKJV, HCSB)
  • Laptop (if you have one)

Outdoor Clothing:

  • Snow pants/jacket(s)
  • Gloves
  • Warm boots
  • Warm socks (ski/snowboard and/or hiking socks)
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Warm hat/beanie
  • Hoodies


  • Towel(s), washcloth(s), loofa(s)
  • Toiletries (e.g., toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash/soap, deodorant, etc.)


  • Pillow(s), pillowcase(s)
  • Fitted sheet (size twin)
  • Blanket(s) and/or comforter (size twin)

Other gear:

  • Skis and/or snowboard
  • Ski/Snowboard Boots
  • Skateboard (if you choose to bring one)
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack (for class and for ride days)
  • Sunscreen