May 24, 2017 Newsletter
TRAINING MEN AND WOMEN TO LIVE AS MISSIONARIES IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS
Hello again Friend!
As promised, we have a quick update for you.
This week, we want to share some of the things we've been doing to develop partnerships with local churches, schools, and other organizations. And, we'd love your help if you think you could help us build a partnership with your church or an organization you are connected with.
One thing Forge Sacramento has done since the beginning is seek ways to serve churches. Some of the ways we have served churches include preaching sermons on Sundays and putting on special training sessions.
Forge Sacramento has also been served by local churches over the years. Some churches have chosen to financially support us through one-time gifts and through monthly donations. Others have provided volunteers to help staff events or work on particular jobs for us. And, some churches have opened up their spaces, allowing us to hold events there without incurring the extra cost of renting a venue.
Additionally, a few churches have chosen to sponsor one or more of their staff members in our Missionary Formation Residency. The leaders who go through the training have then taken the things they learned back, and been able to integrate them into the life of their church.
These are the kinds of partnerships we're hoping to develop with more and more churches this year. We've had meetings with a lot of local pastors, and the responses have been good. But, decisions like this tend to take time in most churches. So, if you think a partnership with Forge would be good for your church, it's not too late! If you respond to this email, we can start that conversation today!
We've also had conversations with some local Christian college administrators and faculty. These conversations are still ongoing, but we are working to figure out the best way to integrate the training Forge has to offer with the curriculum in these schools. We're optimistic that we will find a solution that will allow students to earn college credit by participating in a Forge Residency, and we'll definitely keep you posted on this! And, if you have a connection with any of the local Christian colleges that you think might be helpful, please let us know!
Our goal here is to serve local churches and to build partnerships that will allow Forge Sacramento to have a greater impact on the Sacramento area.
These partnerships will allow us to join together with churches to help their congregations see their neighborhoods as mission fields. And to equip those Christians to engage with their neighbors as missionaries.
If you have any ideas about partnerships or if there's somebody you think we should be talking to, please don't hesitate to let us know! As always, you can reply to this email, and we'll get right back to you.
Thanks again for being with us on this journey!
Joe and Sarah (and the whole Forge Sacramento Team)
P.S. Keep your eye out for next week's update, because we want to share a story with you that demonstrates the true heart of what Forge Sacramento is all about!
The only reason Forge Sacramento is able to do the work we do in training men and women to live as missionaries in Sacramento is because of our generous donors. If you would like to support this ministry, please click the link below.