Lead Venture is a gap-year program that combines Bible-based academics with practical leadership and ministry training. The program is based on the campus of Bethany Global University located in Minnesota.
Lead Venture participants (in all three tracks) are mentored and trained in multiple areas of life and leadership. However, these are the primary arenas of focus:
Biblical study and teachings
Self-discovery and determining God’s will
Learning to be missional
Lead Venture has three tracks: Core, Media, and Prayer & Worship. All Lead Venture participants (in all three tracks) take many classes together and participate in many activities together.
The Core Track is one semester (Aug thru Dec). This track focuses on spiritual growth and leadership development. This track has a slightly greater emphasis on servant leadership and Biblical studies than the other two tracks.
The Media Track is two semesters (Aug thru May). This track includes most of the training and teaching from the Core track, but in addition, it also includes extensive training in film production, digital video editing, and graphic design.
The Prayer & Worship Track is two semesters (Aug thru May). It includes most of the training from the Core track, but in addition, it also includes extensive training in musical worship leading, service planning, song-writing, and intercessory prayer. Most participants in this track also take music or voice lessons.
Components of Lead Venture
Lead Venture participants (in all three tracks) are involved in a variety of activities and multiple forms of learning. Here are most of the components and elements of the program:
Regular Bible reading and study
Weekly Scripture memorization (Lead Venture participants memorize at least 5 Bible verses each week)
Hundreds of hours spent praying in the “Furnace Prayer Room”
Daily classroom lectures, teachings, and group discussions on a variety of Biblical and theological topics
Daily classroom lectures and training on leadership principles
Practical hands-on work experience, ministry experience, professional training, and opportunities to serve missionaries through ministry placements (at least 15-17 hours per week)
Personal mentorship from the staff and your Student Life Advisers
Weekly accountability small groups
Weekly Bethany chapel services
Collegiate-level courses taken through Bethany Global University
Requirements to read and study from a variety of books and blogs
Requirements to listen to or watch a variety of Podcasts and YouTube videos
Weekly outreach and evangelism opportunities
Required Weekly Physical Exercise (PX)
Team development outings
Transformational special events
When a young adult goes through Lead Venture, they will leave with a stronger understanding of the Bible and the Gospel, they will leave having received practical ministry and leadership training, they walk away having served in ministry and missions in a significant way, they leave having learned how to be emotionally healthy, they walk away with a stronger sense of their own life’s calling, and, most importantly, they leave with a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Lead Venture participants are a part of the community here at Bethany Global University.
This is a vibrant Christian community that consists of 250+ Bethany Global University students, the university faculty, ministry staff and interns, and retired Bethany missionaries who live on our campus here in Minnesota.
The community here on the Bethany campus is one of the greatest aspects you’ll experience as a part of Lead Venture. You’ll learn so much from the other people here on campus, you’ll love making memories with them, and you’ll develop many great life-long friendships.
All Lead Venture participants (in all three Tracks) take the Foundations class together. This class tackles a variety of topics related to Biblical studies, leadership development, self-discovery, and missional living.