The documents in this package can be approached as a template for growing a customized leadership development program at your school. We’ve included outlines and example materials from our own program, authored by Jeff Brooke, our Vice Principal for Campus Life and Bible Department Head, along with comments on how the content might be used. Files are provided in a Word format so you have the opportunity to adapt them to best fit your school.
What does it look like to put the Project LEAD program into practice for a year?
Every spring, we hold an event called “Leadership Academy.” Junior students are invited to attend and learn more about Project LEAD. At the conclusion of the event, Juniors have the option to fill out an application to participate on a ministry team during their senior year. After applications are submitted, students interview with a staff member before being placed on a ministry team. At Wheaton Academy, we currently operate eight ministry teams, each focused on specific goals from co-ordinating chapels to facilitating cross-cultural relationships on campus.
Ministry teams meet with their coaches for the first time on a two-day retreat for rising seniors at the end of the summer. We cast a vision for the year and students participate in team building activities. During the school year, ministry teams meet regularly (typically weekly) with their team coaches to accomplish tasks and grow as leaders. At the end of the year, seniors are invited to share and celebrate their experience during a large-group gathering.
Read these inspiring stories from Wheaton Academy students who have served on Project LEAD ministry teams:
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