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Photo credits: Ryan Klinck

Photo credits: Ryan Klinck

Launch & Lead is a two-year program equipping people to Launch and Lead alternative forms of Christian community and/or support those who do.  The competency-based curriculum transcends “learning about” by focusing on “learning to do" through online classes, coaching and spiritual direction, in-person gatherings, and a practicum based on starting something new. (Click here to read more about the program outcomes.)

Launch & Lead participants will matriculate through core online classes, monthly coaching calls, biweekly peer-group sessions, and four in-person gatherings. Launch & Lead is a hybrid approach to distance education: using modern technology to deliver digital instruction accessible at any time and in any location and meeting face-to-face at our regional hubs.

Upon acceptance to Launch & Lead, participants are paired with an ICF-certified coach who is also an expert in our curriculum. The coach works with the learner to create a customized learning path that matches their calling, interests, and strengths with Launch & Lead resources. Interested in starting a brand new intentional community? Want to support others who are doing the same? More interested in community development? Leadership? Your coach will be able to match your needs to relevant Launch & Lead courses and learning activities that adhere to our core competencies.

Students beginning Launch & Lead in fall 2017 will gather on the following dates:

Foundations Workshop (Winchester, VA) - November 2-4, 2017

MWF National Gathering (Dallas, TX) - April 18-20, 2018

Leadership Workshop (Dallas, TX) - November 1-3, 2018

Storytelling Retreat/MWF National Gathering (Asheville, NC) - April 3-6, 2019

Tuition for the two-year program is $6,000. Scholarships are available for qualified participants.

For more information about Launch & Lead, contact Robert Bishop.

Our Faculty:
Robert Bishop
Larry Duggins
Beth Estock
Luke Lingle
Amy Oden
Shellie Ross
Bret Wells

The next cohort begins in January 2018, apply now! -->

Missional Wisdom Foundation Launch & Lead graduates live across the nation, and are vital parts of God's mission in the midst of all kinds innovative work! Read more about what some of them are up to:

I just want to say that the courses and the things you all have put together are really good and far exceed any other program or ministry like it. Annual conferences would be stupid not to take what you guys have done and fully apply it in their geographical context. Thank you.
— David Byers-Dent, Launch & Lead student