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Registration is now open for this year’s LEAD Local Leadership Summit, held in conjunction with the Old Orchard Beach Camp Meetings­—Saturday, July 27 through Friday, Aug 2, 2019.

Every leader needs concrete skills and relevant knowledge, as well as times of retreat and reflection. The LEAD Summit weaves each of these into a week-long gathering of dedicated leaders from across the USA East. Each day, we gather as a community for inspiring worship and connect deeply with peers; we learn through expert instruction, hands-on experience, and dialogue; and we acquire mission-critical skills and knowledge. Classes focus on youth discipleship, integrated mission, leadership skills, children’s ministry, and small group disciple-making. Time is set apart for private dialogue about actual on-the-ground challenges and charting your personal journey; so that when you return, you will be better equipped as an ambassador of Christ in your neighborhood and a leader in your corps.

The learning that will take place will equip, inspire, challenge, and encourage any Salvationist to go deeper in their faith and to live out the Kingdom of God in new ways in their communities. This year’s LEAD Summit will be a chance for current and emerging leaders to receive specialized training and to participate in engaging discussion-based workshops in selected major tracks. Click the Track Description tab above for more details.

Breakfast, lunch, and suite-style lodging at the University of New England dorms are all covered for the ridiculously low cost of $120. Don’t miss out on what will be a great time of learning, growth, and fun! Click the Registration tab above or HERE for information about how to sign up.

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The tracks below are designed for leaders looking to build their skill and knowledge base in key ministry areas of interest. Delegates will select one of five tracks to participate in throughout the week. 

We recognize the value in developing corps leadership from a team-based approach, and so we are once again inviting “Corps-Teams” to register for LEAD. A typical Corps-Team would include 1 Corps Officer and 2-4 key local leaders. It is recommended that at least one of these is an “up-and-coming”, or emerging leader.

Group Discipleship

Jesus instructed the disciples he had been forming to also make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). Small groups are environments for personal formation (being made) and joint mission (making disciples). In this class, you’ll learn crucial skills and concepts for starting and leading a disciple-making ministry and for nurturing small-group ministries in your corps.

Leadership Values and Practices

You are called to be a leader, whatever your role at the corps, in your neighborhood or workplace. Your life can influence others as they observe your behavior and hear your words. Although good leaders have diverse personalities, they also have some things in common. What are the values and practices that will make you the best leader you can be in your context?

Youth Discipleship - Bridging the Gap into Adulthood

A class focused on the crucial transition between teenager and (young) adulthood, where the church loses so many. Explore issues of helping young people take ownership of their relationship with God, matters of maturity in various aspects of life, and very practical methods of supporting the transition into adulthood, especially regarding faith.

Evangelism and Integrated Mission

General Gowans identified three parts to Army mission: “Save souls, grow saints, and serve suffering humanity.” Integrated Mission is when we accomplish all three at once. We do not see evangelism, Christian formation, and social ministry as separate but Integrated. Acquire practices and concepts that reinforce this mode of evangelistic mission. Includes a nightly practicum.

Young People's Christian Education

Discipling young people is a sacred trust. You’ve been given curriculum, but What to teach is only half the battle. This class is about How to be the best teacher you can be. God gifts those he calls and honors those who seek to grow. Learn practical skills for class prep, wise discipline, connecting with parents and children, prayer, and more.



The LEAD Summit is for soldiers, adherents, officers, and friends who desire to grow in Christ and in their capacity for service. If you serve in a local corps, whether you’re a veteran or a novice, LEAD is for you. Clicking the blue button below will take you to the LEAD 2019 registration form. Please note that at the end of the registration form you will be asked to make a $20 non-refundable deposit. Your registration will not be considered complete until the deposit is made.

If you have any questions, speak with your Corps Officer, or email matt.baker@use.salvationarmy.org

LEAD 2019 Brief