The LEAD Four:Twelve Experience

  • foundational scripture

    1 Timothy 4:12 is our foundational scripture: "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."

  • Retreat dates

    Attendance at all 4 retreats is required in order to participate with LEAD Four:Twelve. Students are not allowed to arrive late or to leave early.


    • March 16-18, 2018: First retreat @ JOURNEY (Goshen, VA)
    • July 10-12, 2018: 3-day mission/leadership experience (Winchester, VA)
    • November 2-3, 2018: Overnight Fall Retreat (Lake Anna)
    • March 15-17, 2019: Final service-based retreat and closing celebration (Goshen, VA)
  • Gifts for leadership

    LEAD Four:Twelve is focused on 9th graders who show gifts for leadership. Our hope is to provide intentional leadership development for a cohort of twelve students beginning in their freshman year of high school, with the aim of encouraging them to develop their gifts so they can be leaders in their youth groups, churches, and beyond.

  • One year program

    LEAD Four:Twelve is a one year program, built around four retreats and a video conferencing element: The first retreat is held during the same weekend as JOURNEY. The second is a three-day mission experience that will take place in the summer during a JP work camp. The third retreat takes place at Lake Anna where we explore and discuss our Timothy Projects. The final retreat will be held the same weekend as JOURNEY the following year.

  • Exercise leadership

    Within that twelve-month period, students will be invited to work closely with their coach and cohort members to exercise leadership within their church and community. The LEAD Four:Twelve leadership team will follow up periodically with students in the cohort to check-in with them, most particularly to hear how they are using their leadership gifts in their home churches. 

  • Reading Assignments

    Students will read four books over the course of the year that focus on servant leadership and developing healthy spiritual practices.  These books will be used to prompt great discussion and community development during our retreats.

  • serve with jp

    At the conclusion of the LEAD Four:Twelve, students will serve as a Jeremiah Project staff member for a week of service.  As a J. Staff your most important role is to be a Christian witness in word and deed.  Students will spend time with campers, serve on a work site, participate in JP skits and activities, build relationships, and contribute to establishing and maintaining a Christian community.