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…
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)
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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)
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