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 weekends, practical placements, mentoring and assignments, our aim is to prepare people to launch into what God is calling them to do.

The purpose of the Pioneer 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 all the training, mentoring and an agreed level of ministry placement for at least a year. 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!

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 all the training, mentoring and an agreed level of ministry placement for at least a year. 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!

PIONEER TRAINING

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.

TRAINING

Where the teaching element and personal development sessions are covered and visits are made to missional communities, projects and church plants for case studies.

PLACEMENT

Every participant has an agreed missional context where there is opportunity to reflect upon learning and initiate missional practise.

Each participant receives mentoring from a missional practitioner who has current or recent experience in missional practise or church planting.

Here they will have the opportunity to reflect on their context, look at how their perspective on the future is developing and ask the questions which will arise.

There is also a trained counsellor available to support each student during the course.

TRAINING

Where the teaching element and personal development sessions are covered and visits are made to missional communities, projects and church plants for case studies.

PLACEMENT

Every participant has an agreed missional context where there is opportunity to reflect upon learning and initiate missional practise.

Each participant receives mentoring from a missional practitioner who has current or recent experience in missional practise or church planting.

Here they will have the opportunity to reflect on their context, look at how their perspective on the future is developing and ask the questions which will arise.

There is also a trained counsellor available to support each student during the course.

TRAINING

Where the teaching element and personal development sessions are covered and visits are made to missional communities, projects and church plants for case studies.

PLACEMENT

Every participant has an agreed missional context where there is opportunity to reflect upon learning and initiate missional practise.

Each participant receives mentoring from a missional practitioner who has current or recent experience in missional practise or church planting.

Here they will have the opportunity to reflect on their context, look at how their perspective on the future is developing and ask the questions which will arise.

There is also a trained counsellor available to support each student during the course.

PERSONAL STUDY

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.

PORTFOLIO

Each participant is expected to gather a body of work and information from the teaching sessions, assignments, their own study, reflection and from investigative trips to be a resource for the future.

MISSIONAL CONTEXT

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.

PERSONAL STUDY

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.

PORTFOLIO

Each participant is expected to gather a body of work and information from the teaching sessions, assignments, their own study, reflection and from investigative trips to be a resource for the future.

MISSIONAL CONTEXT

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.

PERSONAL STUDY

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.

PORTFOLIO

Each participant is expected to gather a body of work and information from the teaching sessions, assignments, their own study, reflection and from investigative trips to be a resource for the future.

MISSIONAL CONTEXT

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.

COURSE DATES 

The residential teaching element of the course comprises of 5 weekends – attendance at all of these is required.

For the 2018-2019 Course Programme, dates will be as follows:

Weekend 1 (Induction Weekend): 21st – 24th Sept 2018
Weekend 2: 9th – 11th Nov 2018
Weekend 3: 11th – 13th Jan 2019
Weekend 4: 8th – 10th Mar 2019
Weekend 5: 10th – 12th May 2019
Forge Gathering: 15th Jun 2019

Closing date for 2018/2019 applications is 31st July 2018

WHAT WILL IT COST? 

The Participants are asked to contribute a total of £1,500 towards the cost of running the Forge Course. We encourage each student 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.

Accommodation during the Induction Weekend is included, but not for the other teaching weekends. All food is included except breakfasts in weekends 2-5. Travel to and from the training events are also not included in the above cost.

ENDORSEMENTS

“I love how partnership speaks of unity and the Kingdom of God and I’m delighted that DNA is in partnership with Forge. We have had trainees do the Forge year as part of their second year programme with us. The teaching is focused and excellent. We need together to raise up new leaders for a new generation of church planting in Scotland that explores a new approach to church and mission. I am convinced that under God Forge and DNA might play a part in this exciting challenge and I commend them to you.

Pete Gilbert

DNA

“Attending the Forge Scotland Pioneer course was one of the most significant periods in my discipleship journey. A unique opportunity to discover how you can participate more effectively in the plans God has for you.

The Forge Scotland Pioneer course is an intense period of teaching, thinking, challenge, encouragement, mentoring, spirituality and discipleship thanks to a team with diverse gifts and approaches but who are all passionate about the Kingdom and how we can serve it better.”

Ian Burleigh

Forge graduate

“I love how partnership speaks of unity and the Kingdom of God and I’m delighted that DNA is in partnership with Forge. We have had trainees do the Forge year as part of their second year programme with us. The teaching is focused and excellent. We need together to raise up new leaders for a new generation of church planting in Scotland that explores a new approach to church and mission. I am convinced that under God Forge and DNA might play a part in this exciting challenge and I commend them to you.

Pete Gilbert

DNA

“Attending the Forge Scotland Pioneer course was one of the most significant periods in my discipleship journey. A unique opportunity to discover how you can participate more effectively in the plans God has for you.

The Forge Scotland Pioneer course is an intense period of teaching, thinking, challenge, encouragement, mentoring, spirituality and discipleship thanks to a team with diverse gifts and approaches but who are all passionate about the Kingdom and how we can serve it better.”

Ian Burleigh

Forge graduate

FORGE INTERNSHIPS

Forge Scotland offers the opportunity to come and spend a full year interning with either Alan McWilliiam in Whiteinch, Glasgow, Scott Brennan in Prestonpans, Edinburgh, or Helen Brough in Fintry, Dundee. This year has the Forge Course at the core of it, with all its elements. In addition, there would be other training and ministry elements offered.

The internship is an opportunity to come and learn how to lead and pioneer in a missional context. Much of what will be done is through close interaction with the key leaders in the internship context. Each internship will be bespoke, depending on both the context and the individual’s experience. An internship agreement will be drawn up in conversation with the individual and the key leaders before the year begins.

The cost of a Forge Internship will be £3000, which will include the Forge Course fees, and other training fees as agreed. The intern will be responsible for their own accommodation, travel and living expenses. It is possible that the internship can work round a part-time job if that is helpful. 

For further information about the Forge Internship, or to apply, please email info@forgescotland.com or access the contact form via the menu above.

FORGE SUPPORt NETWORK

This is designed to follow on from the Pioneer Course, and enable new missional projects, communities and church plants to launch well.

We have learnt over the years, that a wider network of pioneers who understand the joys and challenges of pioneering, coaches who can cheer you on and bring wisdom and challenge, and a space to intentionally withdraw, reflect and plan are all essential elements to gaining traction with new initiatives.

The Forge Support Network is likely to include (though there may be some local variation due to context):

  • monthly team meetings
  • coaching of the team leader
  • access to the bi-annual Community of Practise

The cost of this will be £50/month for each team, plus £25/team member to attend the Community of Practise.

These new Coaching Hubs will be in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. Places for this are limited, so if you are interested, please email info@forgescotland.com or use the contact form on this website

Also look out for the Forge Annual Gathering – an opportunity to meet together with the wider Forge family and be inspired and encouraged

This is designed to follow on from the Pioneer Course, and enable new missional projects, communities and church plants to launch well.

We have learnt over the years, that a wider network of pioneers who understand the joys and challenges of pioneering, coaches who can cheer you on and bring wisdom and challenge, and a space to intentionally withdraw, reflect and plan are all essential elements to gaining traction with new initiatives.

The Forge Support Network is likely to include (though there may be some local variation due to context):

  • monthly team meetings
  • coaching of the team leader
  • access to the bi-annual Community of Practise

The cost of this will be £50/month for each team, plus £25/team member to attend the Community of Practise.

These new Coaching Hubs will be in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. Places for this are limited, so if you are interested, please email info@forgescotland.com or use the contact form on this website

Also look out for the Forge Annual Gathering – an opportunity to meet together with the wider Forge family and be inspired and encouraged

PARTNERS

Registered Address:
Whiteinch Transformation Offices
Barclay Curle House 
739 South Street 
Glasgow, G14 0BX

Forge Scotland is a project of Whiteinch Transformation
which is a registered charity in Scotland. Registration Number SCO28928.

Registered Address:
Whiteinch Transformation Offices
Barclay Curle House 
739 South Street 
Glasgow, G14 0BX

Forge Scotland is a project of Whiteinch Transformation  which is a registered charity in Scotland. Registration Number SCO28928.

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