The Launch & Lead curriculum is organized in 4 learning modules implemented over a two-year period. We incorporate a combination of online courses, local training retreats, periodic “days apart” for spiritual direction and formation, and practicums with personalized coaching.
1.1 Intro to Academy Learning: 4 week, self-directed online course with 2 real-time Q&A sessions via teleconference. This course introduces participants to the rhythms, expectations, functionality, timetable and goals of the Academy journey.
1.2 Intro to Missional Community: A facilitated online course that addresses the terminology (missional, incarnation, intentional, community), theological convictions, and practical implications that students will encounter in the Academy. Because this course is designed to describe "what we're doing here," students are encouraged to invite friends, family, supporters, and any others who may ask that very question, to participate alongside them in this 4 week course.
1.3 Vision Project: Students will develop the Vision Project in preparation for the Spiritual Life Retreat. The project is designed to help each participant develop greater self-awareness and understanding of their dreams, goals and intentions for participation in The Academy. This project is focused on the vision and calling of the participant as they begin - it does not require them to figure out, decide on, or define what type of community they're going to launch as part of their 2 year participation. Participants will draw from reflections in the first two courses, personal development work through two eWorkbooks, and 2 one-on-one sessions with a Mission Wisdom Coach.
1.4 Spiritual Life Retreat: A weekend retreat that introduces students to missional spirituality and worship practices of missional micro-communities.
2.2 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.
2.3 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.
2.4 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.
3.2 Creating Culture: An online course with readings, reflection papers, lectures, and small group discussions. This course considers how cultures form and shift, and how leaders function to strengthen or undermine the culture. Participants will develop tools and processes for creating a culture of empowerment, where people are equipped and supported to use their own gifts, skills, and calling in authentic and contextualized ways. This isn't merely about creating culture in general, but specifically fostering a Creating Culture
3.3 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.
3.4 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.
4.2 Practicum Check-in
4.3 Practicum Check-in
4.4 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.