Curriculum

No one is more equipped to discern what God is doing in a place than the disciples God has already placed there. This is a driving conviction of Launch and Lead, and a large part of our desire to design an equipping process which does not require participants to relocate for training.

Curriculum development in Launch and Lead is an ongoing process of discerning effective ways to combine theological reflection, and guided practical engagement with local culture. We believe that a healthy, holistic education will include relevant information, but also hands-on training in how that information connects with missional life in the participants’ actual context.

At the same time, we also acknowledge that we are not only striving to gain knowledge and apply best practices but we also seek continued transformation in the Way of Jesus. Because of this, our participants engage in spiritual direction and coaching throughout their time in Launch and Lead.

And all of this should happen in community.

Launch and Lead curriculum is implemented over a two-year period with a combination of online courses, local training retreats, periodic “days apart” for spiritual direction and formation, and practicums with personalized coaching.


Year 1

Spiritual Life Retreat:  A weekend retreat that introduces students to missional spirituality and worship practices of missional micro-communities.

The Missional Imagination:  An online course with readings, reflection papers, lectures and small group discussions. This course engages students with a missional imagination toward the world and the church.

Reading the Bible with a Missional Church:  An online course with readings, reflection papers, lectures and small group discussions. This course engages students with ways of reading and interpreting Scripture that especially cultivate spiritual and justice formation for a missional church.

Missional Ecclesiology:  An online course with readings, reflection papers, lectures, and small group discussions. This course provides theological foundations for a missional ecclesiology.

Missional Community Development:  A three-day contextualized immersion experience to introduce the theory and best practices of missional micro-communities such as New Day and the Epworth Project. Students must have completed Missional Ecclesiology, The Missional Imagination, and readings for Missional Community Development I in order to take this class.

Practicum:  Preparing to Start a Missional Micro-Community:  A structured one-on-one experience with the student and a coach (via Skype) to map out a preliminary plan for starting a micro-community in the student’s context.  This will include identifying a lead team for the new community.

Year 2

Beginning a Missional Community: An online course with readings, reflection papers, lectures and small group discussions.  This course draws from the history and best practices of missional micro-communities, and presents the nuts and bolts for starting a new community.

Spiritual Leadership Development: An online course with readings, reflection papers, lectures and small group discussions. This course introduces students to the theory and best practices of leadership development that is oriented toward the twofold missional stance of contemplation and action.

Missional Discernment and Disciple Formation: An online course with readings, reflection papers, small group discussions, and a practicum in contemplative spirituality. This course deepens students’ knowledge of and practice of several methods of prayer and spiritual discernment in community.

Missional Community Development II:  A three-day contextualized immersion experience to deepen the theory and best practices of missional community development, social entrepreneurship, and the role of non-profits in community development. Students are required to have completed all courses and retreats, as well as the readings for Missional Community Development II in order to take this class.

Practicum II - Launching the Missional Micro-Community: A structured lead team experience with the student, her or his lead team, and a coach (via Skype) to launch a missional micro-community in the student's context.

Final Retreat:  A weekend retreat to debrief, process and reflect on the lessons of The Academy and celebrate participants' progress toward the formation of missional micro-communities.

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