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Salt and Light Youth Leadership
UPDATE: The ABCRM Board is funding half of the program cost to applicants, reducing it to $100. We can't wait to see you!

What's Salt and Light?

Salt and Light is a leadership academy designed for juniors and seniors in high school.

The academy is rooted in the Word of God, based upon Jesus's words in Mt. 5:13-16 (see below). In this powerful encouragement to believers, Jesus called upon you and me to exemplify his works by being the salt and light of the earth!

And so, the Salt and Light Leadership Academy offers the tools and resources needed for the proper spiritual formation, leadership development, and missional opportunities to make a difference in this world. All participants will have the opportunity to grow and to flourish in this academy.


Biblically Based

13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Mt. 5:13-16).

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The vision of this leadership academy is empower and to inform the skills and gifts to be leaders that season the earth with salt and light. By doing so, we all exemplify Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Upcoming Events

* Details are still being worked out.

Fall Retreat

Messiah Mountain Retreat Center

Oct. 1-3, 2021 (see below)

Winter Retreat

La Floret Conference and Retreat Center

Jan. 21-23, 2022 (see below)

Mission Trip

Rainbow Acres

June 11-18, 2022 (see below)



Spiritual Formation: Learn and put into practice the spiritual disciplines beneficial to becoming a leader whom exemplifies Christ.

Leadership Formation: Develop the tools and relationships to equip yourself to grow into a leader who exemplifies Christ.

Missional Formation: Learn and engage the practical skills to become ACTIVE exemplifiers of Jesus Christ (the Salt & Light) to the world.

Who can sign up for this opportunity?  And, why is it such a good thing?

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To have the opportunity to serve,
to grow, and to learn
with a community for a year.

To have the opportunity
to go on a mission trip.


The 2021-2022
Academic School Year.



Juniors and Seniors in high school with leadership potential and a desire to follow Jesus Christ.

Got questions?

Know of someone with leadership potential, and want to nominate them for the Salt and Light Leadership Academy?

Contact Future Leaders Minister Lauren Parliament at


Salt and Light participants will partner with someone from their local church to walk in this year of leadership and spiritual formation.

This person will help you apply these lessons to life at home, at church, and at school.

This person will commit to meeting with you monthly or bi-monthly, read the material, and will participate in the mentor training program.


What do I need to do to apply?



Fill out the Salt and Light Leadership Application. Be sure to provide your church information and the name of your pastor or youth leader.

Fill out the Medical Release Form and provide your emergency contact information. This form needs to be signed both by your parent/guardian and yourself.

Please provide three (3) references on the attached Reference Form. The references should not be related to you, and one should be from your pastor or youth leader.

You may scan and e-mail the documents to or you may have the printed and signed forms (i.e., the reference forms) mailed to:

American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains

Attn: Lauren Parliament

9085 E. Mineral Cir., Suite 170

Centennial, CO  80112

* Online form submission and links will be posted when available.


Messiah Mountain and Rainbow Acres



Date: Oct. 1-3, 2021

Description: Messiah Mountain Retreat Center is a perfect location for meetings, family gatherings, and for spiritual retreats. Its 27 acres of pine-forested hills invite people to wander the hiking trails, to relax in the mountain air, and to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

Location: 5200 Parmalee Gulch Road, Indian Hills, CO 80454

* Additional information to be posted when available.


Date: June 11-18, 2022

Description: A place where volunteers are always welcomed to help the ranchers. The skills of each person is matched to help with the improvement and maintenance of the facility and to visit with the ranchers, assisting with various projects as feasible.

Rainbow Acres is a community that empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their best!

Location: 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

La Floret Conference and Retreat Center

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La Floret

Date: Jan. 21-23, 2022

Description: Nestled in the heart of Black Forest, surrounded by over 400 acres of majestic Ponderosa Pines, you’ll find the perfect rustic getaway for a retreat or conference. Open year round, located just North of Colorado Springs and minutes from I-25, La Foret offers an oasis of inspiring scenery in a peaceful, private setting.

Location: 6145 Shoup Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Click here for more information.

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