Sent In Sickness And Health

Sent In Sickness And Health

We thought we were sent to Houston for treatment and hopeful recovered health.  But we were sent here for so much more.  This place is filled with miracles and God appointments.  He is so present here.  We are so blessed to have had this experience.  The friends we have met are lifetime friends, ones we will know for eternity…(continued)

A Place for Practitioners

A Place for Practitioners

We felt like we were on our own in our desire to live incarnational lives in the neighborhood God had moved us into. We knew that connecting with our neighbors on an authentically personal level was what was needed. And we were already seeing positive results. But, we didn't feel like we had much of a support system.

Most of our Christian friends didn't understand why we weren't in a church building as much anymore. Or why we weren't trying to bring our neighbors to church. We were starting to question whether or not we were on the right path.

Then we found Forge Sacramento…(continued)

Garden In A Desert

Garden In A Desert

The garden for me has been an experience in developing community.  I have met more people in the few months of working the garden then the 10 years I sat in my office.  The garden is on church property but not connected to it.  Between the church and the garden are 2 homes.  I was embarrassed when I went out recruiting for persons to take plots and realized I had never met my neighbors…(continued)

It’s All About the Space: The How in Missional Living

It’s All About the Space: The How in Missional Living

When I became a believer it dawned on me that the more I believe, the more I must also follow. As I read more about this Jesus guy, I became intrigued by the life that He led simply by going to people and loving them well and unconditionally. That was over 22 years ago. To this day, I find myself following this "Jesus guy" into the mission He has called me to in my community of Middletown, Ohio.

There's no wrong way to love your community right where they are. But there are some things that I have noticed that always work and have yet to fail me…(continued)

Put Here For A Purpose

Put Here For A Purpose

The neighborhood was beginning to wear on me and my children. Our house had been broken into several times…Gun violence had come too close for comfort. The loud music, the fights, the drugs, and the large groups of guys hanging out in front of our house were too much. One evening, I was sitting in the living room as chaos erupted outside. I decided I was done. I don’t have to do this anymore, I told myself. In fact, I can’t do this another year. I started looking for a house in the suburbs.

Right around this time, I began the Forge residency…(continued)

No Lone Rangers in Mission

No Lone Rangers in Mission

One of our strategic initiatives at Forge America is “Connect”. We want our movement of missionally minded women and men to be connected to their teams, their contexts, resources and other like-minded movements. This is no small task, especially when we are apt to “hold each other at bay”.  Mission is no place for lone-rangers. The task is hard enough and the stakes are far too high to go about this thing alone…(Continued)

Dynamic Adventure One-Day Trainings

Dynamic Adventure One-Day Trainings

What we know matters very little if we cannot put it into practice. Let "Dynamic Adventure" help you get started. Whether you're a pastor, church planter, denominational leader, and key lay leader, "Dynamic Adventure" is a guide book that will instantly become a resource. (click here for more info)

Four Hats, One Mission

Four Hats, One Mission

After twenty-two years of pastoral ministry in larger church contexts, my wife and I decided to follow the missional calling that God had put within our hearts, and already being experienced in our daily lives. Church ministry was good but looked very different than the ministry in our everyday lives…This way of living for Jesus led us to decide to resign my position as an Executive Team member and Worship Pastor at a large multisite church and seek Jesus in a purer missional way…(continued)

"Next Door As It Is In Heaven" One-Day Workshops

"Next Door As It Is In Heaven" One-Day Workshops

The members of your church are doing life everyday in the harvest field, help them see the opportunities and resources already at their disposal. Bring this fun and interactive training with Lance Ford and Brad Brisco to your church (click here).

Intersecting Cultures

Intersecting Cultures

It’s a very unique feeling for me to live in an area where many or maybe even most of the people weren’t born in the United States…The population here is very diverse, though a very large portion of the area identifies as Muslim or Hindu. If we’re not careful, we could easily finding ourselves merely living as parallel cultures instead of them naturally intersecting…(continued)

Turning Food Into Love

Turning Food Into Love

Every Sunday afternoon, a team of Forge Hollywood residents take to Hollywood Boulevard and share meal with the local homeless community living in tents along the 101 Freeway...It is a scene right out of Heaven itself; rich and poor, successful and downtrodden, all sharing their laughter and lives together in the intimate communion of a common meal.  The story begins, oddly enough, with a man who was formerly homeless himself and the hope he found in the power of grapefruit...(continued)

Purgatory Sessions: Church Caught between Heaven and Hell

Purgatory Sessions: Church Caught between Heaven and Hell

I’m often asked if the missional conversation is over? I’ve seen countless pastors, planters and denominational leaders, who with full heart, run strong into the headwinds of consumeristic, non-missional church, but are now shrinking back to same ol’ blown out wineskin, because they’ve run out of steam or run into a brick wall.  The Missional Conversation is NOT over but I do believe God is over our conversation.  He’s over us talking about it and not doing it.  I  believe we are at a crossroads and the faithful missional church will move into the future...(continued)

Supporting the Movement

Supporting the Movement

As we look to 2018 we not only want to continue in our current endeavors but we hope to train and equip more men and women who inhabit neighborhoods and networks all across this country. We desperately long for more people to catch a glimpse of the Kingdom and the love of the King. However, we cannot do this apart from the prayers, encouragement, and financial support of others. We need you...(continued)

Leading With Your Life

Leading With Your Life

It’s commonly understood that an extreme situation can call forth either cowardice or heroism from the very people you would least expect it. There’s nothing like a good crisis to reveal the character of the soul or an organization. When one is leading because one’s life, and the lives of others, depends on it, then perhaps the best qualities of leadership shine through. This is particularly true when it comes to the issue of leadership and leadership development—strategic areas of focus for the missional church.

The Valuable Commodity of Time

The Valuable Commodity of Time

I find more often than not when someone asks me, "How are you?", I respond with something to the tune of, "I am good, just really, really busy. We're just in a really busy season right now." I name it as a "season", bringing with that statement the idea that it will pass, that it will somehow transition into something else. But it never does. In fact, I can't think of any time in the past several years that I wouldn't label as "busy". As I look around and see the growing noise and speed of our modern lives, this thought hits me: Time is beginning to be one of the most valuable commodities we have. To invest your time in someone or something is a very precious thing.

The Upside Of Down

The Upside Of Down

All this talk about adventure, risk, and in extremis leadership sounds pretty exhausting. But these are the necessary elements of liminality—that neither-here-nor-there place to which the church is called.

Dear Forge Family...

Dear Forge Family...

Dear Forge Family, December 2016

As we near the end of 2016, we have much to be thankful for in our Tribe of Forge America! Our Hubs are going strong! We have grown this year and now stand at 15 Hubs! Our Family is expanding!! We gathered for a cruise in April to build relationships and dream together for our future. We participated at Exponential ’16 in Orlando offering both a pre-conference opportunity and breakouts throughout the event. We participated in numerous One-Day Events around the US and came together at Hub Intensives. We are a Family on the go!

God has blessed us in so many ways as we have endeavored to participate in His Kingdom as Missionaries where we have been sent! Our National Leaders have given much time, effort and prayer to building our Team to both grow our presence as well as facilitate and support our Hub families.

All of this takes more than time, effort and prayer. There is financial expense to continuing to provide the support that is necessary to both continue our current support and to grow us to new horizons. Our Hub contributions help offset some of our expenses, but falls short of what is needed for the daily workings of our Tribe. We have only two National Team Leaders that receive a very small stipend for the many hours they contribute to Forge America each week. All other monies are provided by personal support. There is a need for travel among the National Team from time to time that is not covered by Hub financial support received.

We are blessed that several folks within our Tribe and a small few from outside contribute monthly or regularly to Forge America. This is keeping us afloat - but the waves are visible!

Would you please consider becoming a regular contributor to Forge America? Please know, we are a very frugal bunch! But there are necessary expenses to keep us going and growing!

Please prayerfully consider a monthly gift to Forge America - or perhaps a Year-End gift.

Send your tax-deductible contribution to: Forge America PO Box 708 Frisco, TX 75034

Or visit: http://www.forgeamerica.com/get-involved (you may use PayPal / Credit / Debit) You can also set up your giving through your personal online banking account.

Thank you so much for your consideration and generosity. We love each and all of our tribe and so look forward to all God has in store for us in the months and years ahead! Blessings to you, your family and Hub family! 

On behalf of our Forge America National Team, 

John Taylor (Forge America Finance Team)

• Forge America • PO Box 708, Frisco, TX 75034 • www.forgeamerica.com