Lead Media

Lead Media is an 8 month training program (Aug thru May) designed to help you grow in your relationship with God, strengthen your leadership skills, and gain tremendous skills in film and media production to make Jesus famous around the world.

In Lead Media, you will work alongside Bethany International’s media and marketing team to mobilize missionaries and share the testimonies of what God is doing around the world.

What You Will Learn

In Lead Media, you will learn how to create effective films and videos from beginning to end. You will receive training on production workflows and how to use modern film and video production gear to tell stories.

Here is a sample of classes and training you will receive:

  • Production Lighting
  • Camera Operation
  • Sound Design & Setup
  • Digital Video Editing
  • Intro to Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Social Media & Marketing
  • Story-boarding
  • Intro to Script Writing
  • Drone Flying & Aerial Videography


Lead Core

Your first semester will be spent going through the Lead Venture Core track curriculum and events to grow in your relationship with God and develop your own leadership abilities. Your hands-on training component will be spent in Bethany International’s media department. You will be introduced to media concepts and work on media projects during your time in Lead Venture, but most of your class time will be focused on discipleship, leadership, and soft skills.

  • Lead Venture Foundations Class
  • All Lead Venture events
  • Weekly outreach
  • 15-18 hours a week in media with on the job media training


Lead Media

Your next semester will be dedicated completely to media. Working more hours on media projects, more focused time in classes dedicated to media, film, and video production, and more time honing a specialty as part of the media team. It is also during this time that you will begin preparing for your capstone project.

  • Work 30+ hours in media
  • Weekly classes focused on media
  • Preparation for your capstone project

God has given believers the responsibility of spreading the Gospel to all the world, and we need to use all at our disposal to accomplish this task.”

—Theodore Epp

LEAD Media Leaders

Leslie Balla

Leslie Balla is the Assistant Media Director for Bethany International, and helps to manage the Lead Venture Media Track. She started assisting in the management of the media department in 2011 and has continued to grow in her skills and responsibilities. Leslie has a strong track record in missions experience as well as in digital media production. Her resume includes extensive film making and script writing (both in the USA and in Bangladesh), as well as using film and media to effectively document the ministry of Bethany missionaries and interns all around the world. Leslie also has a strong passion to mentor and disciple Lead Venture participants. Leslie has a B.A. from Bethany Global University. She loves photography, playing drums, and enjoying unique coffee shops around Minneapolis. Leslie is married to Andrew. Together they love to take on all sorts of adventures.

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