The Forge Mission Training Network operates under the premise that when Christ followers work together and learn from one another, our effectiveness in mission increases exponentially. Forge brings together denominations, seminaries and faith communities of all kinds as it trains people to live on mission, lead missional communities and create missional movements. At its core, Forge Mission Training Network helps train individuals to live as missionaries.
The Forge Mission Training Network began in Victoria, Australia in 1996. It was launched by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost as a response to the dire need for Christians to go into the world, amidst the many cultural changes, and actively engage others with the Message of Jesus.
In 2010, Forge America began rolling out to various cities such as Dallas, Kansas City, Chicago, Raleigh, Joplin, Sacramento, Portland, and others, aiming to bring about a shift toward a paradigm in which every member of the body of Christ is participating in the mission of God. As a servant to local churches and a partner to universities, seminaries, and mission organizations, Forge will plays a role in re-imagining and re-shaping the Western Church to engage the not-yet-followers of Jesus.
“Training Men and Women to Live as Missionaries in Their Neighborhoods”
Forge seeks to achieve this by
- Developing and operating resident style training in various population zones across the United States
- Operating a dynamic relational network comprising innovative pioneering leaders and practitioners in every region that we operate
- Offering ongoing support and consultations to partnering denominations and other para-church agencies on issues relating to pioneering mission in the United States
- Developing resources to help raise awareness of issues relating to missions-to-the-first-world
- Undertaking active research and development in relation to cultural trends, futurology, issues of church and its context, pioneering leadership, and evangelism.
This is a snapshot of the wider Forge America network (www.forgeamerica.org).