Training men and women to live as missionaries where they’re already doing life.
FORGE AUSTIN SERVES LOCAL CHURCHES, AND PARTNERS WITH UNIVERSITIES AND SEMINARIES, TO TRAIN MEN AND WOMEN TO LIVE AS MISSIONARIES ON THEIR CAMPUS, AT THEIR WORKPLACE AND IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.
Through a 6-month training residency, events, and local church leadership training, we shape people to live as the sent people of God where they have already been planted. We work with men and women in local churches, both small and large, to see that they are called to join God in His work in the everyday spaces of their lives—in their neighborhoods, their workplaces, gyms and campuses. We shape people to see the truth we see in Scripture… you’ve already been sent.
In order to do this, Forge Austin cultivates missional community throughout the city by identifying, developing, and nurturing missional leaders. Forge does not plant churches or run ministries, but instead trains missionaries to thrive in whatever context to which they are called. Through grass roots residencies, church transition consultation, seminary programs, and missional training and networking events, the Forge tribe is investing their lives for missional movement.
A Missionary Training Network
While Forge doesn’t plant churches, we do champion and connect missional pioneers. Forge is unique in that it allies innovative church plants, mission ventures, a wide variety of theological colleges, and a number of major evangelical denominations and agencies. The Forge network is led by active missional practitioners who are able to offer significant experiential training in pioneering contexts.
The Forge Mission Training Network began in Victoria, Australia in 1996, 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, 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 plays a role in re-imagining and re-shaping the Western Church to engage the not-yet-followers of Jesus.