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LEAD is an internationally focused training and discipleship school based on a working horse ranch in rural Ontario, Canada.




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.


The Elements

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.
In the 2020-2021 LEAD program, there will be the option to travel overseas on a Global Partnership. We will be partnering with another Inter-Varsity Fellowship in supporting their ministry and encouraging the long-term missionaries. More details to follow.

The Facts…

  • There is a $200 book and uniform fee due September 1st (could be taken out of your summer salary if you worked at camp).
  • Additional $500 fundraising target to cover conferences and day-to-day expenses from living at the Ranch. Making the total cost of the program $700.
    • There will not be an ‘big’ conference to where we travel and stay over, but will attend local conferences.
  • Optional: If interested in the Global Partnership, participants will also fundraise the the costs for that.

You will receive a $40/week honorarium.


If you are enrolled in school for September 2021, there are also scholarships available, applications will open during the LEAD year.

Participants will stay on site at Circle Square Ranch. There will be a common meeting area used for teaching. There may be two people per room for sleeping accommodations. Food and housing is provided at no cost as part of the program.
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