Is God leading you into creating new expressions of church?


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. Forge Ireland is led by active missional practitioners who are able to offer significant experiential training in pioneering contexts.

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. Would you like to know more? Get in touch and visit our online teaching day Saturday 28th August 2021. 



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!



  • Validating the pioneering spirit.
  • Creating a beachhead for making Kingdom ground.
  • Championing a voice for change in church as we know it.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Pioneers who are stirred, motivated and inspired by a love for God and a love for people.

Course details



For the 2021-22 course we are exploring a hybrid of online, in-person and residential training. Our training will primarily be delivered through 3 Hubs:

  • Belfast 
  • Dublin 
  • Online

Throughout the year we’ll meet in these Hubs for training days. These will be a mixture of onscreen and in-person teaching and breakout conversations. We’d suggest that you make every effort to join your nearest geographical Hub but there is also an online option. All 3 Hubs will come together for a January residential weekend.

Course Themes

The course covers 5 main areas: 

  • Personal spiritual development
  • Living a missional lifestyle 
  • Church in today’s culture
  • Building a discipleship culture
  • Missional leadership


It is expected that each participant will put in a minimum of 3 hours per week of personal study and reflection. Alongside recommended reading to accompany the training, there are also tasks and reflective writing pieces set between the training dates. 


Forge exists to help practitioners learn on the job and so it is expected that you will have a missional context where you are applying your learning throughout the course. The missional context will be clarified and agreed with each participant at the start of the course. 


25th September 2021 – gathering in Hubs 10am-4pm

20th November 2021 – gathering in Hubs 10am-4pm 

21st-23rd January 2022 RESIDENTIAL – venue tbc  Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. 

19th March 2022 – gathering in Hubs 10am-4pm 

 28th May 2022 – gathering in Hubs 10am-4pm

Closing date applications: 10th of September 2021 

Applications are still open! Get in touch!















The course costs £500 / €575 and this includes lunch on the training days and all accommodation and meals on the residential weekend. 

We encourage each participant to raise some of this from any supporting church / denomination, some from personal supports and some from the participant as a sign of their ownership of the process.

This cost can be paid over the year in agreed instalments if preferred.

“The good folks at Forge Ireland 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.”

Alan Hirsch

Award Winning Author & Missional Activist

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. 

Neil Harrison

Forge Ireland graduate

“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.”

Rich Robinson

Director of 5Q Collective



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.