Nurturing and Cultivating Missional Community in Knoxville.
Why. Missio Dei
(The Mission of God)
Mission is more and different from recruitment to our religious brand; it is alerting people to the universal reign of God through ChristDavid Bosch
How. Equipping Missional Leaders
As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.Jesus
What. Forge Knoxville
God’s church falters from exhaustion because Christians erroneously think that God has given them a mission to perform in the world. Rather, the God of mission has given his church to the world. It is not the church of God that has a mission in the world, but the God of mission who has a church in the world.Tim Dearborn
Who Are Forge Residents
Cost. $600 for a six month residency.
(Can Be Paid in Installments)
This includes: books, cohorts, coaching, intensives, administrative costs, affiliation with a broader Forge Network of thought leaders and practitioners and discounts to various conferences as well as IVP resources.
Missional Learning Community
FORGE AMERICA, in partnership with local churches, universities, and seminaries, trains men and women to live as missionaries in their own context. In our present cultural climate most experienced pastors recognize that intentional incarnational responses and church planting is the most effective approach.
FORGE is an initiative which specifically addresses these challenges by linking experienced mission practitioners with emerging missional leaders. FORGE aims to focus its energy on developing leadership that can understand the missional challenge and proactively develop strategies and approaches to be able to take the church into new and uncharted ground.
FORGE KNOXVILLE encourages the dreamers, entrepreneurs and the risk takers in our communities to boldly seek new expressions of faith and new approaches to mission so that we can be genuinely connected to the heartbeat of Knoxville. The FORGE dream is to see both new missional communities birthed AND established churches encouraged to refocus on the task of misson here in Knoxville.
With this in mind, FORGE KNOXVILLE is offering a 6 month Missional Learning Community in downtown Knoxville starting in the Fall of 2016. We aim to come alongside existing churches and faith communities in training, equipping and encouraging local church leaders in missional practices.
We would like to invite you, and any leaders in your community, to enter into this missional conversation with us. During the cohort we will be looking at the Foundations, Principles, and Practices of missional living and how we are joining the Missio Dei, the Mission of God, in our faith communities and our neighborhoods.
This community will gather on the second Tuesday of each month starting in October and going through February. It will be held at 4 Market Square from 12:00-2:00 pm. The cost is $150 and will cover all books, materials and a catered lunch for each session. During this cohort you are also invited to join our FORGE Resident Intensives. These are typically two days sessions with thought leaders and practitioners from across the country who are active voices in the missional conversation.
In addition, this year’s gathering will feature teaching from Tim Catchim (timcatchim.blogspot.com). Tim lives in the Greater Nashville area where is currently planting OneLife Church. He functions as a multi-vocational entrepreneur, author, and church planter. He specializes in bringing strategic vision and clarity to entrepreneurial ventures and the process of innovation. His leadership experience revolves around urban and semi-urban church planting, discipling, leadership development, entrepreneurship, working with at-risk youth and community development, coaching and consulting. He is the co-author of “The Permanent Revolution” written with Alan Hirsch.
Mark is the lead pastor at Crossings in Downtown and North Knoxville and has co-led the Knoxville Forge Hub with Alan since it's beginning in 2012. He is a graduate of Johnson University and has been in vocational ministry for 28 years. He is married to Monica, and has three children (Michael, Matthew & Meghan).