Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) Dean Dr. Ron Walborn recently announced an articulation agreement established between ATS and the LEAD program. The program was founded in 2013 by Clint Bieri and Josh Franks (pictured l-r: Bieri, Walborn and Franks). Luke 10:2 was their motivation for a “deep desire to see more leaders raised up from the harvest for the harvest.”
Cohorts begin in January and July and meet monthly for three hours where students discuss what Jesus has taught them from their online course work. Men and women in the program also have monthly coaching sessions with their cohort directors. The January 2019 group includes 18 students from nine different U.S. states. There are also cohorts in El Salvador and in France. LEAD will launch cohorts in Spanish and French this year.
What distinguishes LEAD from similar programs is their emphasis on spiritual formation. Bieri further explains, “We believe all leadership flows from intimacy with Christ (John 15) and apart from Him we can do nothing. While going through the LEAD process, students will complete 30 hours of Bible and theology which are requirements for being licensed in The Christian and Missionary Alliance.”
In addition to the online and in group meetings, students experience cultural immersion through missions trips abroad, which are capstone experiences. A partnership with Envision opens the door to sites all over the world that maintain the LEAD program’s rigorous standards and also give students connections to the global ministry of The Alliance.
When students complete the LEAD program, they have met licensing requirements and gain 30 hours of undergraduate credit or six hours of graduate credit from Nyack/ATS.
About the new partnership Clint Bieri commented, “We are very excited for our partnership with ATS. The hand of blessing they have extended to LEAD is very generous and exciting for our students. We are proud to say we are partners with ATS in the equipping of men and women to be ministry leaders.”