September 2021 – May 2022
Done high school or university and looking to deepen your faith? LEAD, which stands for Leadership Experience and Discipleship, launches young people into faith, friendship and leadership. Each year, six to eight young adults over 18 are welcomed into the Circle Square Ranch community at Big Clear Lake, 1.5 hours from Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.
While at the Ranch, young leaders experience transformation while learning practical ministry skills and gaining job experience while living in a thriving conference centre and summer camp.
Each week students will participate in Bible studies, book studies, worship, prayer, 1:1 mentorship and working around the Ranch. Each day is an adventure with lots of new skills to develop and encounters with God to explore!
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 30, 2021
Over the course of 8 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 and across all elements of camp and ministry life. Our LEAD participants often step into leadership roles at the Ranch upon graduation.
The cost for the 8-month program is $3000, which covers room and board, program expenses and outings. LEAD participants are encouraged to fundraise their fees. Scholarships are available, contact [email protected] for more information.
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.