Let Franciscan L.E.A.D. prepare your teens for the next level of Leadership, Evangelization, And Discipleship. Their witness will never be the same!
What is Franciscan L.E.A.D. and who is it for?
Franciscan L.E.A.D. is a dynamic Catholic leadership opportunity for teens who are ready to step up to the next level in leadership, evangelization, and discipleship. It is directed and facilitated by well-trained young adults and youth ministers who will equip and empower high school youth to be a witness for the Catholic faith and prepare them for ongoing service in evangelization.
What is the commitment and what will they get out of it?
L.E.A.D. is a five-day, Christ-centered, sacrament-soaked, prayer-fueled immersion in Catholic teachings on leadership, evangelization, and discipleship. The life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi inspire these teachings. Each day of training consists of workshops on topics including how to develop a prayer life, overcoming sin through the Sacraments, how to share their personal testimony, servant leadership, and other practical tools for developing their faith.
This is a great opportunity for teens that they won't want to miss! Visit Steubenville's L.E.A.D. page for more information.
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"I went into the L.E.A.D. week totally nervous and having a few problems with my faith, and came out feeling strong and confident in my faith as a soldier of God. Throughout the week all my fears about who I was and what I had to do vanished. I found confidence and strength in God and I slowly, through the week, realized that God has it all under control and that HE LOVED ME for who I was."
// Former Franciscan L.E.A.D. participant
LEAD FAQ dropdown list.
What is Franciscan L.E.A.D.?
Franciscan LEAD is a dynamic Catholic leadership opportunity for teens who are ready to step up to the next level in leadership, evangelization, and discipleship. It is directed and facilitated by well-trained young adults and youth ministers who will equip and empower high school youth to be a witness for the Catholic faith and prepare them for ongoing service in evangelization.
What happens over the course of the week?
The week is rooted in the truths of Scripture, the Sacraments, the lives of the Saints, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each day consists of workshops on discipleship including how to develop a prayer life, overcoming sin through the Sacraments and other practical tools for developing their Catholic faith. The week also offers tools and training to enable them to answer, thoughtfully and accurately, difficult faith questions, to become an effective and authentic witness, to share their personal testimony, and to develop a quality of servant leadership.
Who should apply for LEAD?
Franciscan LEAD is for youth who are passionate about their Catholic faith, active in their youth group, and are ready to step up to the next level of leadership through evangelization and discipleship training.
When does LEAD take place?
Franciscan L.E.A.D. training begins the Monday evening before the Steubenville South Conference, and runs through the Friday afternoon of the conference. On Friday evening, after spending the afternoon greeting and assisting arriving youth groups, Franciscan L.E.A.D. participants join their group. Therefore, each participant must be a registered conference participant with his or her group for the Steubenville South conference weekend.
Who facilitates the L.E.A.D. week?
The program is led by a team of leaders who are experienced in youth ministry and have been specifically trained by the Youth Outreach Office at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
How do you apply for LEAD?
L.E.A.D. applications open in January.
The step-by-step process and link to the application can be found at www.steubenvilleconferences.com/lead. Upon completion of the first part of the application by the teen, an email is automatically sent to their referral person with a link to the online referral.
When can I apply for L.E.A.D.?
January - Application opens.
March - Deadline to be considered in the first round of acceptances.
April - Those accepted in the first round will be notified.
What is the age requirement?
Franciscan L.E.A.D. applicants must be in the range of completion of their freshman year through completion of their senior year of high school.
Can a youth apply to Franciscan L.E.A.D. at a site different from where their group is registered?
No. One of the values of Franciscan L.E.A.D. is for participants to use their newly acquired skills and insights to serve their fellow group members during the youth conference weekend. Participants must be registered at the same Steubenville Youth Conference as their group.
What is included in the cost?
In addition to training in discipleship and evangelization, L.E.A.D. participants also receive a resource book, official program t-shirt, lodging, and meals throughout the program week, and transportation to the conference site.
What is NOT included in the cost?
The L.E.A.D. program cost does not include registration fees for the Steubenville conference weekend, or transportation to/from the program site. Options for payment may be available through sponsorship by the participant's parish or parish youth group for full or partial cost.