The Master’s Program is a cutting-edge partnership between Sky Ranch and Dallas Baptist University where students will pursue a graduate ministry degree through DBU’s online program while serving full time as an instructor for the Sky Ranch School Programs department.
This program is the first of its kind, as it fully integrates the instructional classroom content with daily work experiences of the student. Graduates leave without incurring more school debt, and focus on developing the student’s “life ethic” to support the academic program and provide life skills training that will help them balance family and ministry upon graduation. The program is designed to prepare graduates to positively impact ministries, children, family-based organizations, and the overall workplace.
School Programs Instructor
A School Programs instructor is responsible for delivering educational content to students grades 4-6 in a way that is fun and engaging. The material instructors teach is accurate and aligned with the TEKS, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. An instructor is the heartbeat in which the vision of Sky Ranch School Programs is carried out. School Programs instructors will also participate in Student Development programs which facilitate curriculum with students in grades 6-12.
Dallas Baptist University
Ranch’s relationship with DBU is one of a kind. Though our Master’s Program staff are participating thru DBU’s online Master’s degrees, they have all the benefits of on-campus students. DBU’s professors get to know our students and want to make an impact on their education and life. Each time we visit the DBU campus, they treat us like royalty and make sure that each student gets the guidance needed to succeed while going through the program.
"We value and appreciate so much our partnership with Sky Ranch. The Master’s students receive an ideal and highly-coveted combination of both theory and praxis. Graduates of this program are highly sought after because of their solid foundational knowledge of theology and philosophy of ministry in addition to the incredible, real world experience of serving and leading at one of the nation’s premiere residence camps."
-Shelly Melia Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Ministry at DBU
Beginning in September we will start the evaluation and selection process for the upcoming Master’s Program which begins the following August. We will select 10 college graduates who are one year removed from college. Current members of the Horn Creek and Van Fellowship programs will be considered first. Prior Sky Ranch experience is not required to be considered for the Master’s Program but, based on openings, all outside candidates will not be considered until March 1st.
The program begins in Mid-August and finishes 21 months later at the end of May.
Outside of earning a Master’s degree, it is a salaried position with Sky Ranch’s standard health benefits as well as paid time off (PTO). Masters will live at gender-specific housing called Crossroads that is 4 miles from camp and are provided food through our dining services.
Master’s program staff 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.
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Sky Ranch/DBU Class Progression
The class progression outlines the two-year course sequence for Sky Ranch/DBU Master's programs.