TRAINING AND DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL AT A WORKING RANCH
LEAD is an internationally focused training and discipleship school based on a working horse ranch in rural Ontario, Canada.
IT'S INTENTIONAL. IT'S AN ADVENTURE. AND IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
Each year, six to eight leaders are chosen to join the Circle Square Ranch community at Big Clear Lake, 1.5 hours from Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. These young people (ages 18-25) come from across Canada and from around the world. They come hungry to connect with God at a new, deeper level by activating their heart, soul and mind in a rich community of like-minded believers.
While at the Ranch, young leaders experience transformation while learning practical, real-world marketing, speaking, hosting, and organization skills in a thriving conference and retreat centre and summer camp ministry.
LEAD, which stands for Leadership Experience and Discipleship, launches young people. Eight months in LEAD will leave you changed for the rest of your life.
Over the course of 10 months, LEAD participants read the whole New Testament and a significant portion of the Old Testament. Weekly Bible classes are taught by Ranch staff, some of whom are themselves pursuing graduate-level Biblical studies, and by visiting Bible teachers.
LEAD participants read half a dozen books over the course of the two terms including a mix of best-selling business leadership books, classic Christian literature and inspiring Christian personal development books.
There is regular discipleship of LEAD participants by Ranch staff. Formal one-on-one appointments occur through the week. Informal conversations happen all the time. The Ranch community is hope-filled and kind. The LEAD year is filled with life-changing moments both alone with God and in connection with the vibrant, Spirit-led Ranch family.
A unique element of LEAD is the practical experience students take away. They take the skills they learn in the classroom and put them to the test leading others in the barn, the kitchen, in the office, in area churches and across all elements of camp and ministry life. Our LEAD participants often step into leadership roles at the Ranch upon graduation.
The next LEAD class will experience overseas ministry and graduate with practical TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) training. They will use their TESL experience to run English language courses in Nicaragua during a four-week stay at a partner missions organization. LEAD will also attend the Urbana Missions Conference in St. Louis, Missouri along with 16,000 other university age students from across North America.