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, Louisville, 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.
Learn more about Forge International HERE.
Learn more about Forge America HERE.
Forge Louisville 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 Louisville, 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 Louisville 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 Louisville 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 Louisville 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.
how are we different
PLACE MATTERS, STAYING MATTERS
We don't ask people to uproot their lives - to quit their job or to quit school or to move to another country. Rather, we believe that we are sent to the places we already live. God's mission is in our neighborhood and our workplaces. We encourage people to stay in their context and embody the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities.
WALKING WITH SOMEONE MATTERS
For the entirety of the six-month residency, our residents (think participants) are matched with mentors that they will meet with regularly. These coaches are there to walk with them as they discover their contexts and engage with their
communities, teaching residents how to become a disciple of Jesus who makes disciples of Jesus.
DOING AND BEING MATTERS
Sure, we have an online aspect of our residency that involves head knowledge, and each of our coaches and directors can wax eloquently about the theology of being a "sent" people. However, our aim isn't merely good teaching, but rather, good learning and changed lives. Not only do our coaches understand "sentness," they live "sentness" in their communities. They do "full-time ministry" in their workplaces as beauticians, project managers, instructors, store clerks, and educational assistants. We are about equipping and empowering our residents to identify and live their full-time ministries, not simply dispensing theological information.
Joey Keck - Executive Director
Lindsay Keck - Coach Care Director
Reda Logsdon - Resident Director
Andrew Lowe - Finance Director
Kristina Lowe - Marketing Director
Shannon Hay - Events Director
David Hay - Shepherd Director