Process

Process

The process of forming missional communities through participation in Launch and Lead begins with curiosity.  The conversation surrounding the word "missional" is growing louder and seems to be popping up on radar screens everywhere.  But what does it mean?  How might it change what you do in the world?  How might it change who you are?

We are glad that your curiosity about missional community and intentional living has led you here.  You have now discovered a network of Jesus followers who are cultivating the type of deep, authentic, relational community that you may be longing for as an experience and expression of faith.

You are now invited to take a preview tour of Launch and Lead, beginning on the Application page.  We hope you will proceed through the modules carefully and prayerfully, with an open heart and a critical eye as to whether this commitment is right for you at this time.  At the end of the Discern course, you will find the application and contact information to ask follow-up questions.  If there is currently a cohort forming in your area, we will connect you with those folks.  If not, we will help you to start that conversation with others, or you might decide to join a cohort forming in another area.

Upon acceptance to Launch and Lead, it will be necessary for you to make preparations to set aside time for training retreats and online course work. Courses in Launch and Lead are designed for individuals with full time jobs, whether clergy or laity. Each course will typically require one book, weekly participation through viewing course videos and dialoging in online forums, and typically 1-2 papers.  Most importantly, you may begin connecting with others to envision what it would look like to join God’s mission in your neighborhood/local context with a community of similarly committed people. Perhaps you already know who these people are . . . maybe they’re even considering joining you in Launch and Lead. 

As the Launch and Lead begins, our participants report gaining tremendous insight through the retreats, courses and spiritual direction activities.  Slowly, you will begin to learn and discern with those in your cohort, as well as those friends in your neighborhood that share your calling and are beginning to come together as the nucleus of this community.  In the early courses, a firm theological foundation is presented after which a Coach comes alongside for the journey.  The Coach will assist you in clarifying your vision for a new community, and solidify a core team to work together.  You will have listened and paid close attention to what God is already up to in your neighborhood . . . and now the mission, focus and form of your community project becomes clear.

As you continue learning skills for beginning a community and developing leaders, your Coach helps you move from dreams . . . to goals . . . to action

At the end of your two-year program, perhaps your community is still incubating, perhaps it is launching, perhaps it is established.  You are now equipped with the tools needed to keep moving deeper into the place where you already are.  We gather your cohort for a final experience to celebrate and share the struggles and the victories, the stories of how you are seeing God at work in your neighborhood.  At this point, based on your own situation and goals, an ongoing coaching relationship may be beneficial.

Now, you assume your place in the ever-expanding network of the Missional Wisdom family.  It's a family drawn from diverse backgrounds, skill sets and particular callings, but with a shared commitment to continue pursuing the mission of God in community . . . sent forth, yet deeply connected.

We look forward to welcoming you to this journey.

Go Out.  Go Deep. Go Together.

The following guideline questions will help to determine the likelihood that an individual will be a good candidate for training for starting a missional micro-community. It is recommended that candidates be interviewed before accepting them or funding them, to discuss these kinds of questions. In this way a judicatory group is more likely to support the training of people who will be fruitful and a good investment of resources.

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