FAQ's

What does missional mean?

Literally, missional means "sent out." To live missionally means to live with intention, to listen to the world deeply, and to be aware of how the Spirit is moving. 

Where is the Missional Wisdom Foundation?

The Missional Wisdom Foundation (MWF) started in Dallas, TX, as a collaboration between Larry Duggins and Elaine Heath. As the missional experimentation began, the MWF developed a hub structure. MWF is now a poly-locational entity banded by the its core teaching and rule of life.

Can I join the MWF?

There are many ways to become part of the MWF. The MWF Dispersed Community is a tiered affiliation available to to anyone. Other ways to join the MWF are participation in our various teaching programs, visiting the hubs, or engaging with the MWF coaching and spiritual direction services.

How can I register for Launch & Lead?

It's simple! Just click here to see more details and apply.

How can I register for a Journey course?

Missional Wisdom Foundation (MWF) offers a growing number of stand-alone courses in which MWF staff and others teach about all things missional. Just click here to see all offerings and register.

What is the contemplative stance?

In the words of Dr. Elaine Heath, the contemplative stance is a four part movement: show up, pay attention, cooperate with God, and release the outcome.

How is Elaine Heath associated with Missional Wisdom Foundation?

Dr. Elaine Heath, along with Dr. Larry Duggins, co-founded Missional Wisdom Foundation (MWF) in 2008. For the next seven years they led MWF, challenging others in innovative ways to dream new dreams about the role of the church in challenging times. In 2016, Dr. Heath concluded her work with the MWF to become Dean of Duke Divinity School, answering a lifelong call to pursue the transformation of theological education for the sake of God’s work in the world. Dean Heath continues to be a source of inspiration and a friend to the MWF.

What is MWF’s connection with the United Methodist Church?

The Missional Wisdom Foundation is a 501.c3 organization that is independent of the United Methodist Church (UMC), yet exists to resource the UMC and other denominations. Our initiatives make it possible for the historically mainline churches in particular, to experience new paradigms for missional micro-churches, or alternative forms of theological education for lay people, or new ways for multiple seminaries to collaborate in a learning community in a new monastic setting. In all these ways, we are a free-standing community that exists to help the UMC and other mainline denominations move into the future with missional vitality. Eight MWF staff members are ordained in the UMC, serving under appointment from five conferences.

How can I donate?

Our work is made possible by the generous gifts of our donors. Missional Wisdom Foundation is a 501.c3 organization, and donations are tax-deductible. Click here to donate.