The L.E.A.D. program is an 8 month opportunity that will change the way you lead for a lifetime. Practical, real world skills and experiences are the primary teaching tools for character, spiritual and leadership development.
The L.E.A.D program is for 4-6 qualified young adults (ages 18-25) who have a demonstrated aptitude for leadership, a genuine interest in growing spiritually, and a desire to express an active faith.
A key component of the L.E.A.D program is the spiritual development of the participant in their Christian faith and life. They will be involved in Bible studies, book studies, attending church and practising spiritual disciplines. Intentional focus will be given to spiritual development and engaging faith in life and ministry.
Leadership development occurs as participants are exposed to all aspects of leadership both in theory and practice. Through practical teaching and supervised experience, each participant will grow in their understanding of ministry and leadership. During the 8 months, participants will gain practical experience serving the year-round ministry of camp including working with churches and school groups.
A key outcome is for each participant to have strengthened character so they are able to thrive personally and relationally. Participants will be living in community. Experiential lessons in character development will occur as participants are stretched and challenged in their responsibilities, attitude and relational skills. Specific teaching and books studies will address issues of integrity, personal values, and conflict resolution. Through Bible study and teaching participants will be developing a Biblical perspective on current social and moral issues.
Participants will grow in practical skill development and excellence in work through hands-on experience rotating through a variety of areas including: Outdoor Education and Retreats, working in food service, facilities (maintenance and cleaning) and administration. The primary work will be done hosting church, school and communities groups, as well as providing program activities for them. There will also be practical training provided in safety, food handling and program training.
The cost to you is your investment of time and energy as you respond to God’s work in your life through participation in L.E.A.D. Participants will receive a $175 monthly stipend plus room and board. Books and resources will be provided as part of the program, as well as some work equipment and uniforms.
Participants will stay on site at our Pioneer Lodge, Sundre location. There will be a common meeting area used for teaching. Each intern will have their own room for sleeping accommodations. Housing is provided at no cost as part of the program.
L.E.A.D is an intentional and intense 8 month experience, starting at the beginning of September and going to the end of April. There will be time off in December as well as as well as opportunity for time off during the year, including a weekly Sabbath. The goal is to place participants in camp ministry or other active ministry following the completion of the program.
We are looking for applicants who are energetic, determined, hard-working and sincerely interested in growing in their faith. Each applicant must be a high school, college or university graduate. The application and interviews will help us determine your qualification and suitability for the program.
Jessica Grant joined Pioneer Camp Alberta’s 8-month Leadership, Evangelism and Discipleship program (LEAD) in September 2019. Jess is from Orange, Australia and, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, had to return home earlier than planned in March. Jess was asked to share some reflections on her time in Canada, at Pioneer Alberta and being a part of the LEAD program.