Forge England and Wales launched in Manchester and Bristol in April with 25 missional practitioners coming together in to be trained and equipped to follow God on His mission.
How amazing it was to see people from diverse backgrounds, denominations, traditions, locations, ages, and vocations come together to form learning communities that will travel together to explore ways in which they can join the kingdom adventure that God has called them to.
Setting out with a new community, the missional practitioners forge into a new open future that God has created for them, thrusting them out of their comfort zones into missional risk taking and exploration, but never alone. The God Who is sending them is also the God Who goes before, goes behind and goes with them on the way. Wherever they are sent, God will already be there to welcome them and encourage them to join in with Him in being bridge builders to networks and communities, gatekeepers and agents of the kingdom, and incarnational servants coming alongside those to whom the good news must be proclaimed and demonstrated in life giving and innovative ways!
As we explored an array of key missional topics, brought to us by practicing missional trainers, we enjoyed exchanging stories, discussing issues, sharing best practice, reflecting on lessons learned painfully, and committing ourselves to rediscover the radical Jesus and his tangible kingdom. Our site visits to see mission in context, the interviewing of missional practitioners starting new things, the joy and laughter of eating and drinking together, praying and blessing one another, prepared us for an exciting journey that lies ahead. And this is to be supported by daily reflections, monthly coaching sessions with an assigned coach to encourage each person to live out what they are learning along the way, a bi monthly learning community that will met for food, fun and faith building, and training weekends that equip people explore missional context, lifestyle and leadership. The alignment of these components makes Forge unique and provides an invaluable tool to the church in resourcing and equipping men and women for mission wherever they are found.
If you want to know more about Forge England and Wales, click here.
by: Trevor Hutton