What is Forge?
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 Gospel Message of Jesus. In 2010, Forge America began rolling out to various cities such as Dallas, Kansas City, Chicago, Raleigh, San Francisco and others, aiming to bring about a shift toward a paradigm in which every member of the body is part of the mission of God. As a servant to local churches and a partner to universities, seminaries, and mission organizations, we believe Forge will play a huge role in re-imagining and re-shaping the Western Church to engage the not-yet-followers of Jesus.
What is Forge Sacramento?
Forge Sacramento is your local connection to this worldwide movement. We train men and women to live as missionaries in their neighborhoods. We are bent on empowering ordinary people to join in the extraordinary mission of God right where they live. By partnering with local churches, universities, and seminaries here in Sacramento, we aim to take those oh so cryptic words of Jesus seriously and literally, when He says “Love your...neighbor.”
In addition to our local partnerships, Forge Sacramento provides missionary training through a 6 month residency (think internship). There is no quitting school/work or moving to an unfamiliar place for the time of the residency. Your current context will serve as the BEST learning laboratory, crucial for missionary formation.
Although the term we use for participants is "resident," these men and women will not be living together. Since the purpose of Forge Sacramento is to train missionaries who God has already sent to their local communities, we encourage the residents to continue relationships with their neighbors, co-workers, and communities. We, also, do not have a dedicated office space where we gather, but utilize homes, coffee shops, restaurants and co-working spaces as meeting spaces.
The Forge Sacramento training helps to mature each participant as a disciple of Jesus Christ through personal relationships, action-reflection learning, and a combination of one-on-one and collaborative learning environments.
Missionary training and formation will be done by:
Residents are required to remain faithful to their local church by continuing to attend regular gatherings, serving, and worshipping with their fellow believers. Becoming a Forge Sacramento resident will not take the place of being a vital part of your local church body. Forge is not a church planting network, but exists to help individuals on their journey following Jesus Christ.
Each resident will be paired up with one coach throughout the residency. One-on-one meetings take place every 2 weeks for mentorship, training, and encouragement. These meetings will take place in homes, coffee shops, restaurants, etc.
Throughout the residency experience, residents will engage in a variety of resources including books, articles, podcasts, videos, etc. from established and accredited scholars, missional leaders, pastors, and practitioners of mission. Residents will also gather twice throughout the residency for 2-3 days of intensive training, reflection, & formation.
Each residency will contain 8-12 men & women who, in addition to meeting with their Coaches, will gather locally to share a meal and worship together as a community every 4-6 weeks. These cohort gatherings will provide opportunities for residents to be encouraged, learn from one another, and share their personal stories of success and failure.
The vast majority of learning and training must take place in the organic context of the Resident's everyday places and spaces, seeking to understand where they have already been sent to live on mission. Since the goal of Forge Sacramento is to activate men and women who are missionary-minded in their daily lives, residents are encouraged to continue with their full-time work, school, etc. throughout the residency.