Nine Week Summer Discipleship Training


Are You Talented In These Areas?

  • Worship Leading
  • Youth Ministry
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Creative Arts

These are all performed in a high energy setting which makes for amazing ministry opportunities! 

What is The Furnace Program

at Shepherd's Fold Ranch?

The Furnace is for 18-24 year olds who are seeking to deepen their relationship with Jesus and want to gain real-world experience in teaching, modeling Jesus's leadership methods and serving as a Kingdom leader.

(We have no obligation 15-minute phone call meetings set aside for you to talk with someone on our leadership team about the Furnace and learn about the program.)

(If you are ready to apply for the Furnace 2020, click here to get started)


🔥 Education

🔥 Experience

🔥 Evaluation

"Remove the dross from the silver, and material for the silversmith will emerge."

Proverbs 25:4

"When we think rightly about God, our automatic expression will be to love Him in return and to love others."

- Furnace Year One


What is The Furnace & What is Shepherd's Fold Ranch?

What is The Furnace?

Those in The Furnace will get experience in counseling and teaching campers, ages 5-17 years old, as well as supervising and mentoring small groups. These ‘students’ will go through training classes each week with mentors and teachers that are currently working in ministries around the world. These teachers are Prophets, Apostles, Pastors, Teachers, and Evangelists that have mature ministries, affecting thousands of people each year. As a part of the training, ‘students’ will have weekly assignments in one of our many counseling or support positions. This “hands-on” experience will change your life.

The Furnace is optimally a four summer program designed to prepare you for leadership, not just in your heart but also in your mind. At SFR, we’re not just trying to train leaders for summer camps. Our goal is to also train leaders who can function in their local church, family, school, job, and in life!

The four summers are not required but are highly recommended. The first two summers are specifically geared to challenge and renew your “thinking” about God and ministry. The second two summers focus directly on “acting” out your Christianity as a follower and as a leader. You’re invited to come and sow into this “field” as we sow into you for multiple summers and experience the growth that occurs when you are carefully tended by the “vinedresser”.

What is Shepherd's Fold Ranch?

Started in 1972, Shepherd's Fold Ranch is a non-denominational Christian summer camp located north of Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are committed to being a place in the country where people can do business with God.  The Furnace Discipleship Program was birthed here by Clay Staires in 2007. Shepherd's Fold is not just like any other summer camp. While providing the traditional summer camp fun, activities and experiences--- we operate out of a deep kingdom culture. We invite all campers (at age appropriate levels) into following Jesus as disciples and help them experience the power of kingdom community. Read more about the history, values, and mission of Shepherd's Fold here.

What are the dates?

Summer 2018

Furnace Start- May 20 @ 7:00 pm

Last Day- July 25 (all staff party)


The Furnace is a nine week program.

All your lodging and meals are provided throughout the sessions.

If you need any time off, or have any questions about the schedule, please contact the office at 918-263-3622 or email our office below.

Let's talk about money

There is no financial cost to participate in The Furnace. 

At SFR we have the opportunity to offset the cost of the discipleship program with the staffing of the ministry here at Shepherd's Fold.

The Furnace is free because you are serving as camp counselors, lifeguards, ropes leaders, kitchen staff, photographers, etc. during the summer.

Your food and lodging are all taken care of while you are in the Furnace and we also offer a proven fundraising process that will help you raise funds while you are at SFR (it is also tax deductible).

But you....because we love our Bethel people, we will also pay for your gas to come out here once you arrive. We don't want there to be any barrier for those of you who want to come out to beautiful Avant, Oklahoma. (If you are asking yourself where is Avant, OK. see next FAQ)


Curious about how to make it work this summer?

Call, Email, DM us and we would love to talk

918-263-3622 | furnace@sfrcamps.com | @shepherdsfoldranch

Where is Avant, Oklahoma.....

Q: Where is Shepherd’s Fold Ranch?

A: We are located in Avant, Oklahoma about 30 minutes north of Tulsa. CLICK FOR MAP

We are located about 30 minutes north of  the beautiful and fun town of Tulsa Oklahoma.



How much fun could this possibly be?

This shows how much fun CAMP is.


And this shows the heart of The Furnace.

What should I expect from The Furnace?

Check out what Brian and Anna have to say.

CLICK HERE to watch it on Youtube.


Ready for a life changing summer?

(We have no obligation 15-minute phone call meetings set aside for you to talk with someone on our leadership team about the Furnace and learn about the program.)

What does ministry at Shepherd's Fold look like?

LEAD THE WAY - Summer Camp 2018

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -  Joshua 1:9

lead the way sfr camps 2018 camp summer camp theme



SINCE 1972

+ Located just 35 mins from Tulsa

+ A non-denominational Christian summer camp and retreat center started in 1972.

+ Our mission is to provide a place in the country where people can do business with God.

+ We operate our own summer camps and retreats AND host a variety of churches, schools, universities and other non-profits.


If this speaks to your heart

Set up the time to talk to our team. We want people who are hungry to learn the ways of the kingdom and who are willing to follow Jesus whatever it takes.

(We have no obligation 15-minute phone call meetings set aside for you to talk with someone on our leadership team about the Furnace and learn about the program.)

Questions? Call Us: 918-263-3622