Is God leading you into creating new expressions of church?
ABOUT THE FORGE PIONEER COURSE
The Forge Pioneer Course is a leadership training and mentoring programme for those who sense that God might be leading them into creating new expressions of church. Through a combination of teaching, mentoring and assignments, our aim is to prepare people to launch into what God is calling them to do.
The purpose of the pioneering course is to validate the pioneering spirit, creating a beachhead for making Kingdom ground and championing a voice for change in church as we know it.
The pioneer course explores the questions raised by church, culture & Kingdom as well as fostering relationships between like-minded, Kingdom-seeking trail-blazers and connects them with others on the same journey.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for people who are maturing Christians; those thinking they may be called to pioneering new expressions of church, who are able to set aside this ‘season’ for a period of investment.
Entry to the Forge pioneer course is not based on academic ability but rather on calling, gifting and potential. We are looking for evidence of a relationship with God, and a growing and outward expression of faith which is maturing and bearing fruit. Each person must be able to commit to the training, personal study and time in their mission context. They must be willing to serve, be teachable, self-supporting and self-motivated. We are looking for people who are willing to serve in a local church context and see Forge as a means of achieving this.
We are looking for people for whom this information whets their appetite and who feel the Holy Spirit stirring them to pursue this further!
WHAT’S IT ABOUT
- Validating the pioneering spirit.
- Creating a beachhead for making Kingdom ground.
- Championing a voice for change in church as we know it.
WHY IS IT NEEDED?
- To reach the non-churched we must ‘stop starting with church’ and come outside the circle and re-imagine church – Bob Hopkins
- “God is already meeting people wherever they are. Our calling is to join Him.” – Peter Neilson
WHAT DOES IT DO?
- Explores the questions raised by church, culture & Kingdom.
- Fosters relationships between like-minded, Kingdom-seeking trail-blazers and connects them with others on the same journey.
- Provides wisdom and experience for Pioneers through mentoring.
WHO IS IT FOR?
- Pioneers who are stirred, motivated and inspired by a love for God and a love for people.
Where the teaching element and personal development sessions are covered and visits are made to missional communities, projects and church plants for case studies.
It is expected that each participant will put in a minimum of 3 hours per week of personal study and reflection, gathering work and information for their Portfolio.
This is clarified and agreed with each participant at the start of the course. It is expected that a minimum of 3 hours a week spent engaging in this, but most students do more according to their availability.
The course covers 5 main themes: personal spiritual development, evangelism, church in culture, discipleship and leadership.
For the 2021 course we are going to start the year online with monthly Saturday gatherings on Zoom and in the Summer we will review this and hope to introduce some in- person gatherings in the second half of the year.
As such, we have only currently set dates up until the Summer break. Dates will be as follows:
Saturday 23rd January – 10-4pm
Saturday 27th February – 10-4pm
Saturday 27th March – 10-4pm
Saturday 24th April – 10-4pm
Saturday 22nd May – 10-4pm
Saturday 26th June – 10-4pm
The course will run until November 2021 and so will conclude with dates from August – November which will hopefully be in person and so are currently Covid dependant and tbc.
Closing date applications: 15th of January 2021
Applications are still open! Get in touch!
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Last year the cost of the course was £600 but because we are starting online we have set the fee at £300.00. Our request is that later in the year students pay an additional £100.00 to cover costs if we are able to move to in-person gatherings.
“The good folks at Forge Scotland are not only dear friends and colleagues, but are in my opinion the outstanding practitioners of missional church in Scotland. If you are concerned about the future vitality of Christian discipleship in this ancient land, I highly recommend the Forge tribe in whatever they do.”
I would highly recommend the Forge Ireland Course if you are considering planting a church, or interested in pioneering a new missional initiative. I benefitted greatly from the input at the gatherings, and the required reading and missional tasks throughout stimulated both thinking and practice. This along with the ongoing support and mentoring, ultimately spurred me on to develop an opportunity through the local church, for individuals to begin exploring the Christian faith in a regular Bible study. The Forge Pioneer Course has also broadened my insight and understanding around the practices and challenges for church planting which was been helpful in contributing to conversations at a denominational level. The cohort of participants on the Forge Course was diverse in their backgrounds, experience and context for mission. This encouraged rich discussion which was a great blessing leading to new friendships.
“I would highly recommend Forge as an organisation and the team themselves, many of whom I know and would count as friends. Combining missional thought-leadership and deep an inspiring practioner-driven coaching Forge creates the environment to spark Kingdom dreams and visions in leaders. The Forge team are living examples of the training itself and are able to walk alongside the ups and downs of pioneering missional leadership. If you have a Kingdom dream then these are the people and this is the place for you.”
Registered Address: Cairn, Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 98P
Forge Scotland is a project of Cairn movement which is a registered charity in Scotland. Registration Number SC046012.