The goal of the LEAD program is to move students towards immediate engagement with what they are learning rather than delayed practice.
(Trial + error + evaluation = transformational learning)
Students grow in a supportive environment of peers that share a commitment to one another as much as a commitment to the process.
Students are immersed into an environment that fosters transformation more than simply mental education.
The upside-down classroom → Education happens outside of cohort. Implication and application happens during cohort meeting.
The LEAD Program uses a unique blend of online learning, seminars, retreats, practicums, book reading, and Scripture memorization. The entire journey is guided by a certified Cohort Director and processed in a cohort of peers. We want to help equip you as well as other men and women to take their ministry leadership to the next level.
Students work through the LEAD Program in small groups called cohorts. Cohorts are made up of 5-8 people who meet once a month for Cohort Gatherings. Students may be able to meet locally, or join digitally because of distance. Every cohort is led by a trained Cohort Director.
SEMESTERS: Paced Learning
The LEAD Program is 5 semesters broken down over two and a half years. A semester is made up of 6 months, with students having new assignments and meetings every month. Every semester ends with a one month break before the next semester begins.
RETREATS: Give Awareness
At the beginning of Semesters 1 and 3 students will retreat with their cohort. Launch weekend is how the lead journey begins. These are regionalized retreats. The beginning of Semester 3 students will attend the relational leadership weekend with their spouse if they are married.
COACHING: Individual Attention
During the semester, a student will meet one hour monthly with their Cohort Director for individual, ongoing development and practical implementation.
TIME: Monthly Breakdown
It has been averaged out that with all the coursework, reading, paper writing, and your monthly cohort gathering, the LEAD Program requires around 18-22 hours a month. That’s like setting aside one night a week for 4 hours.