The Fellowship was started at Sky Ranch as a way to develop strong “life ethic” in the lives of young Christian leaders who have recently graduated from college. The program is designed to help those students understand and hone the potential they have to impact others and to nurture a passion for leaving a positive legacy in the communities they will serve.
Our program is based on the Fellowship’s four Foundational Pillars – Work Experience, Community, Ministry and Leadership. These principles keep the Fellowship program grounded and focused as we seek to always be intentional about what we do and how we develop future leaders.
The first Pillar of the Fellowship focuses on developing a strong mental and physical work ethic. Fellows will serve guest groups throughout the week as we provide facilities for churches, corporations, and schools. Fellows are also involved in the daily work of our Facilities, Operations, Marketing, Summer Camp, and Development departments during specific seasons at camp. At the conclusion of a year in the Fellowship, participants will have developed work ethic in a variety of areas, and garnered resume-worthy professional experience as they move forward with their careers.
The second Pillar of the Fellowship focuses on what it takes to develop healthy Christian community, and encourages each person to become a contributing member of that community. All Fellows live on camp and share (gender-specific) housing with one another. They participate in biweekly Community Nights and/or Family Groups as they share life together. Through this process, Fellows practice living out love and Christ-centered fellowship by working and living in close quarters each day.
The third Pillar of the Fellowship focuses on the heart of who we are. As a Christian camp, the heart of the Fellowship is to develop Christian leaders that will minister to others in whatever occupation God has called them to serve in. Through serving students, parents, weekend guests, and summer campers by living out the gospel, sometimes in word, but always in action, Fellows develop a better understanding of their spiritual gifts and how to use them to bless those they come in contact with. Regardless of which setting they are in, the challenge remains that, as believers, each day of our life is an opportunity to live out the truth of Christ in our hearts.
The last Pillar of the Fellowship focuses on developing leadership skills and philosophy. Fellows will be placed in various roles with increasing levels of responsibility and difficulty as the year progresses. As they are going through these experiences, they will also be engaged in various leadership studies and mentoring relationships with Sky Ranch leaders to help them process what they are learning. An important lesson on leadership is recognizing that all great leaders also follow well. Everyone follows someone, and how you follow that person is indicative of how you will lead others in the future. Fellows will lead each other during their time here, but more importantly they will be asked to follow well.
Beginning in November, we will start the process of hiring for the coming Fellowship year, which begins the following August. We will hire 14 college graduates for our Van, TX location and eight college graduates for our Horn Creek, CO location. Prior Sky Ranch experience is not required to be considered for the Fellowship Program.
The Fellowship begins in Mid-August and finishes after the last weekend of August the following year. The program is 54 weeks in length and overlaps with the incoming group to help with transition.
The Fellowship is a salaried position with standard health benefits from Sky Ranch as well as paid time off (PTO). On-site housing and food through our dining services are also provided.
Fellows will earn certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid/CPR, and as a Level 1 Ropes Course Practitioner. These certifications will be provided by Sky Ranch as a part of our extensive staff training. Due to the strenuous physical nature of the Lifeguarding certification, it is recommended that you visit www.RedCross.org for details on the necessary prerequisites.
Fellows will participate in three Bible classes. These include Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, and one additional survey class. Anticipate additional reading and classwork as a part of this experience. If you are accepted into the Master’s Program, these will fulfill your prerequisite requirements for entrance into a Dallas Baptist University Master’s Degree plan.
Additional Program Details
The Fellowship also consists of off-site experiences, required readings and journaling, moments of reflection, and opportunities to sit down with leaders in our community. We live with the idea of always being ready to ask great questions of great people as we seek out wisdom from those around us. We will do this throughout the program while taking time to reflect on what this looks like in our personal lives.
Each year the Master’s Program accepts 11 candidates into its 21-month program to serve in the Sky Ranch School Programs department at our Van, TX site. During this program, participants will have the opportunity to earn their fully-funded Master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University. All interested Fellows have the opportunity to be considered for acceptance into this program before outside candidates are considered.