The full cost to participate in Lead Venture is $3,200 (USD) per semester.
- The Core Track is one semester long (Aug-Dec), therefore the total cost for that track is $3,200.
- The Prayer & Worship Track is two semesters long (Aug-Dec and Jan-May), therefore the total cost for that track is $6,400.
- The Media Track is two semesters long (Aug-Dec and Jan-May), plus there is an equipment fee of $1,000 to cover the costs of the high-end film production equipment that will be used during the two-semester experience, therefore the total cost for the Media Track is $7,400.
For more information about Lead Venture dates and costs, simply click here.
The program costs (tuition) to participate in the Lead Venture program is $3,200* (USD) per semester for the 2018-2019 school year. This costs includes all of the following:
- Classroom training
- College courses taken through BGU
- Leadership retreat
- A variety of special events and team development outings
- Essential supplies
- Program expenses
*The above-listed cost does NOT include certain additional required supplies that are required for the Media track participants. The Lead Venture Media track participants are expected to buy those specific required items and have those items with them when they arrive in Minnesota at the start of the semester. For more info about those required items, click here. (If you are not in the Lead Media Track, then this requirement for additional supplies does not apply to you).
Absolutely! We invite you to be involved in what God is doing with your young person during their season here at Bethany International. You are absolutely more than welcomed to visit any time.
Lead Venture participants are mentored and trained in multiple areas. When you walk away from the Lead Venture program:
- you will have a stronger understanding of the Bible and the Gospel.
- you will know how to be an effective leader.
- you would have discovered your own unique design and learned God’s calling for your life.
- you will be equipped to live a missional lifestyle and be a part of the Great Commission.
The time spent in the Lead Venture program will thoroughly prepare the participants for the future through personal development, and help they develop a clear vision for the calling God has for them. After participating in the Lead Venture program it is our belief that all participants will launch into college (and all their future next steps) with grander purpose and direction as well as a strong foundation built on Godliness and a mature love for Jesus.
The Lead Venture program includes all of these components:
- Daily classroom lectures and group discussions on a variety of Biblical and theological topics
- Daily classroom lectures and training on leadership principles
- Scripture reading, study, and memorization
- Personal mentorship and weekly accountability small groups
- Weekly chapel services
- Collegiate-level courses taken through Bethany Global University
- Requirements to listen to a variety of Podcasts
- Requirements to watch a variety of YouTube videos
- Requirements to study and/or read from a variety of books and blogs
- Practical hands-on experience and professional training through ministry placements
- Weekly outreach opportunities
- Weekly hours required for Prayer in the “Furnace Prayer Room”
- Leadership retreat, team development outings, and transformational special events
In addition to classroom lectures and discussions, students will also be a part of a vibrant Christian community that consists of 250+ Bethany Global University students, university faculty, ministry staff and interns, Bethany Gateways staff, and retired Bethany missionaries who live on the campus of Bethany International here in Minnesota.
The community here on the Bethany campus is one of the greatest aspects that 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) read and discuss several books together.
From the Bible, all Lead Venture participants will read:
- Gospel of John
- 1 Corinthians
- 1 Timothy
Other books that all Lead Venture participants will read or study from:
- Redefined (Kenneth Ortiz)
- Christian Beliefs (Wayne Grudem)
- First, Break All the Rules (Marcus Buckingham & Curtis Coffman)
- Dream Giver (Bruce Wilkinson)
- Developing the Leader Within You (John Maxwell)
- Who Moved My Cheese (Spencer Johnson)
- Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Patrick Lencioni)
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Tom Rath)
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.
Interested in seeing a full list of classes you’ll take? Simply click here.
Lead Venture is an initiative of Bethany International. It is not an accredited college educational opportunity.
However, as a participant in Lead Venture, you will take two college courses per semester through Bethany Global University. So yes, it is possible to earn credits!
If any Lead Venture participant chooses to enroll in Bethany Global University (after completing the Lead Venture program), the courses that have been taken will count towards a degree from Bethany Global University.
If a Lead Venture graduate should choose to enroll in a different college or university (other than Bethany Global University) after completing the Lead Venture program, Bethany Global University can certainly send transcripts to those others schools on behalf of the Lead Venture graduate, to show that the Lead Venture graduate has indeed completed collegiate-level courses through Bethany Global University.
We are confident that some colleges and universities would certainly consider allowing those credits to transfer into their own educational programs, however we cannot guarantee that any college courses (that are taken as a part of the Lead Venture program) will definitely transfer into any external schools.
Bethany Global University is fully accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). However, each college and university makes their own determination as to what credits they will accept into their own educational programs and what credits they will not accept. We encourage all potential Lead Venture participants to contact whatever school you are interested in attending to inquire about whether or not they will accept transfer credits from Bethany Global University.
Lead Venture participants live on the same college campus as the students for Bethany Global University and all Lead Venture participants are also involved in many of the same activities and outreaches that the university students are involved with. In addition, all Lead Venture participants take collegiate-level courses through Bethany Global University as a part of the Lead Venture program.
However, it is important to note that Bethany Global University is officially separate from the Lead Venture program. Lead Venture is a gap-year program focused on discipleship and leadership development.
No. Lead Venture is for anyone who has a relationship with Jesus Christ and simply desires to grow in their faith.
Lead Venture may not be for everyone. Every application is prayerfully considered by our admissions committee. We screen all potential participants to ensure that the program is right for them.
We will contact you by phone or by mail within a few weeks to notify you of your acceptance. Once you are notified, your housing deposit will be due within a few weeks.
Want to learn more about our admissions process and requirements? Simply click here.
In some cases, yes, but on a very limited basis.
We want to make very clear that there are a variety commitments and significant workload for all Lead Venture participants. There will be limited opportunities for outside employment. We run a very busy schedule. If you have specific questions about this, please contact us ASAP.
Yes. The Lead Venture program follows the same schedule as Bethany Global University. There is a Thanksgiving break, a Christmas break, and a spring break. Contact us for exact dates.
Dating is not prohibited if you are in Lead Venture. Yes, you’re allowed to date, but we want all participants to be very cautious and Christ-honoring.
The spirit of Lead Venture is designed to create an atmosphere of spiritual growth and intimacy with Jesus.
Often times romantic relationships are the #1 hindrance to spiritual growth.
With all that in mind, our leadership team wants to be “in the know” when it comes to your potential romantic relationships (even if you’re dating someone “back home”) and we ask that you remain open to our advice, insights, and guidance. Our leadership will be proactive in seeking to mentor you in this area.
We will never seek to be “controlling” and we do not presume to know the will of God for your life. However, our leadership team does want to be well-informed when it comes to participants dating (or any form of close relationships with the opposite gender), and we ask that you allow our leaders to guide you and hold you accountable in this area.
In some extremely rare cases we may ask a particular Lead Venture participant to take a “dating fast” for a few weeks (or maybe longer) if we see any serious “red flags” in that person’s life. These scenarios are rare, but when they do come up we expect Lead Venture participants to follow our guidance. We promise to always handle these situations with discretion and with the utmost of pastoral care and gentleness. We will always have your absolute best interests in mind.
If any Lead Venture participant ever has a desire to start a romantic relationship of any kind, then we would simply ask that you speak with a member of Bethany leadership and we ask that you remain open to our insights and counsel.
Lead Venture participants live in the dorms on Bethany International campus (located in Bloomington, MN) and our participants eat all their meals in the main cafeteria of Bethany International.
These are the same places where the students of Bethany Global University live and eat too. Our dorms and cafeteria can be considered relatively “typical” when compared to most colleges of comparable size. To get more info about our dorms or see photos, simply click here.
If you’re interested in scheduling a visit to check out the campus, simply contact us today.
All applicants that visit the campus prior to attending Lead Venture receive a scholarship towards their program costs.
Yes. You must have graduated high school with at least a 2.0 GPA (or maintained a 2.0 GPA in any college experience) in order to be admitted into Lead Venture.
We do allow some applicants to be admitted with a lower high school GPA on a very limited case-by-case basis, if there were some extenuating circumstances.
For any applicants that do not have a high school diploma (but have a GED), we will then rely heavily upon interviews, references, and/or other application requirements to determine your readiness for the program.
Want to learn more about our admissions process? Simply click here.
No, not 100% of the money is due at the start of the semester, but there is a payment due on registration day when you arrive on campus.
In most cases we require that all Lead Venture participants meet all financial deadlines and remain current on their payments.
However, we recognize that this might not be possible for some people, so there is a potential for an adjusted payment plan, if needed. If you are unable to pay in full on registration day or if you are unable to meet the financial deadlines, simply please contact us or connect with your admissions representative to discuss a potential custom payment plan option.
Want to see the Financial deadlines? Simply click here.
The mission of Bethany International is to “take the church to where it is not.” Bethany International has been faithfully training and sending young adults to the nations since the 1940’s. Lead Venture is an extension of that mission.
We believe that individuals in their first few years out of high school have an opportunity to invest time and energy into spiritual and emotional growth that will spring board them forward towards a life of effectiveness, purpose, fruitfulness, health, and peace. Not everyone is supposed to go as a missionary to the ends of the earth, but all of us as Christians ought to be involved in the Great Commission in some manner. Lead Venture is designed to help young adults identify how, and in what ways, they can grow in their personal spiritual journey and in what manner they can be involved in the Great Commission for the rest of their lives.
As a member of the Lead Venture program, you will learn about and focus on these primary genres of life and training:
- Biblical studies
- Leadership development
- Missional living
By the time you graduate, you will have a better grasp on the Bible, you’ll be a better leader with professional development and work experience, you would have learned a lot about yourself and how to determine God’s purposes for your unique divine design, and you will be equipped and trained to play a role in the Great Commission.
In addition, through the Tracks of the program you will learn specific skills and receive particular professional development that will further prepare you for a lifetime of effective ministry.
Absolutely! And we even have married people housing/dorms on campus.
No. Lead Venture is not an accredited educational program, therefore it is not eligible for Title IV funding, government-guaranteed student loans, or any form of FAFSA student aid that many college students typically get when attending college.
Of course, you are welcome to apply for personal banks loans through your local bank or other credit source, if you choose, but that is something you would handle on your own, and it is not something that we would be involved with.
In most cases, we encourage potential Lead Venture participants to engage in fundraisers or seek sponsors as the means to pay for the costs of the program, in lieu of any sort of loans.
Lead Venture is an education-based program and therefore, according to IRS regulations, any payments we receive towards Lead Venture tuition and/or program costs are NOT tax-deductible. We encourage potential sponsors and donors to give directly to the individual participant that they would like to support.
We also encourage potential Lead Venture participants to utilize their local church as a conduit to receive funds if the potential Lead Venture participant is wanting for their sponsors and donors to receive tax deduction; and then simply have the local church pay the fees/costs directly to Bethany International on behalf of the participant.
Yes, we do require it. Most Lead Venture participants stay on their parents’ insurance. But if you have been dropped from your parents’ policy or if that in no longer an option or if you cannot afford health insurance on your own, we can help arrange inexpensive health insurance here in the state of Minnesota. Contact your admissions representative for details.