The Missional Wisdom Foundation:
A private non-profit corporation that supports the education and Christian development of adults through service and new monasticism. The Foundation makes it possible for students and others engaged in ministry to live in community and to explore Christian service by providing financial, asset management and administrative services.
Currently there are four primary areas of ministry overseen by the Foundation.
The Epworth Project consists of residential monastic communities in which participants covenant under a shared Rule of Life, incorporating daily prayer, shared meals, service and missional engagement in their neighborhood – developing life skills and spiritual depth to propel them into a life of loving God and loving others. Our communities currently include students from Perkins School of Theology and TCU as well as other adults interested in ministry and community.
New Day communities are missional micro-communities (very similar in organization to that of The Gathering and other house church models). Lead teams are bi-vocational and, with the exception of interns, do not receive any compensation for their pastoral service to New Day, which helps maximize the community’s missional outreach and minimize internal costs.
From the People of New Day Website:
From its inception on the Day of Pentecost, the church has been called to be the people of God, gathered and filled with the Holy Spirit, then sent out into the world to be good news. The people of the early church were known for their hospitality, prayer, and justice as they met in homes for communal meals and worship, and as they shared their resources (Acts 2:42-47). According to Acts 2:47 this way of life evangelized their neighbors. New Day communities base their structure upon these early practices of the church, believing that evangelism is best done incarnationally, in the manner of Acts 2:42-47.
You can learn more about New Day here.
Students of Missional Wisdom: The Foundation also provides financial and administrative support to Students of Missional Wisdom, an Organized Interest Group of the SMU Perkins Student Association. Students of Missional Wisdom allows Perkins students to develop and implement missional service projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The Academy for Missional Wisdom is a two year non-degree program that provides laity and clergy with the theological foundation and practical skills needed for starting and leading micro-communities of contemplative prayer and missional action. The program integrates distance learning technology, immersion experiences, and retreats as well as a contextualized practicum with coaching to provide accessible and affordable education for persons who work full-time. In addition to a wide variety of other resources, participants in the Academy are able to learn directly from the successes and struggles of our participants in Epworth and New Day contexts.
My Role in the Missional Wisdom Foundation (MWF)
I serve as the Director of Operations for the MWF. In this role I am responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations across the our various contexts. Much of my time is devoted to The Academy, working with the house pastors in the Epworth Project, and helping to cultivate community and collaboration between participants in our various ministries. I am very honored to serve on the teaching faculty for the The Academy. In addition to coaching participants through their practicums and working in our various training retreats and immersions, I also teach a course, not surprisingly, on the Missional Imagination. I believe wholeheartedly in the mission of the MWF and I am excited to be able to witness first hand what the Lord will do through this ministry.
If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in these hands-on training experiences, check out www.MISSIONALWISDOM.com or follow the links below for more information on the Academy or to visit the registration portal.
The Missional Wisdom Foundation is a private corporation and is not legally affiliated any educational or religious organization.