Family Church

FORGE IS A ONE-YEAR MINISTRY SCHOOL THAT PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE-SHAPING ENCOUNTERS WITH GOD,PREPARING DISCIPLES FOR KINGDOM LIVING AND FOR THE WORK OFTHE MINISTRY. OUR AIM IS TO PREPARE YOU TO SERVE GOD’S KINGDOM ACCORDING TO HIS UNIQUE CALL UPON YOUR LIFE.

THERE ARE TWO STREAMS TO CHOOSE FROM - CHURCH MINISTRY OR MARKETPLACE MINISTRY - AND EACH TERM THERE WILL BE ONE TOPIC FOCUSSED ON THE STREAM YOU HAVE CHOSEN.

OUR PRAYER IS THAT YOU WILL BE FORGED BY THE FIRE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, FASHIONED BY THE WORD OF GOD, AND READY TO DO LIFE AND MINISTRY WELL, WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU.

DO YOUR BEST TO PRESENT YOURSELF TO GOD AS ONE APPROVED,A WORKER WHO DOES NOT NEED TO BE ASHAMED AND WHO CORRECTLY HANDLES THE WORD OF TRUTH.

2 Timothy 2:15

INFORMATION

FORGE IS FOR ANYONE AGED 18+ AND RUNS EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING FROM SEPTEMBER TO JULY EACH YEAR, FOLLOWING UK SCHOOL TERM DATES.

– ATTEND IN PERSON OR LIVE ONLINE –

STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND FORGE EITHER IN-PERSON (AT EMPOWER CENTRE, PORTSMOUTH) OR LIVE ONLINE, OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH. EACH DAY STUDENTS ATTENDING IN-PERSON WILL HAVE TIME FOR WORSHIP, PRAYER, LECTURES, Q&A, GROUP DISCUSSION, AND PRACTICAL APPLICATION. THOSE ATTENDING ONLINE WILL HAVE LECTURES, Q&A, AND GROUP DISCUSSION.

STUDENTS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO A COACHING GROUP THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE COURSE AND MUST HAVE A PERSONAL MENTOR. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED WITH THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND ACCOUNTABLE TO THEIR LOCAL CHURCH LEADERSHIP.

– COURSE FEES –

REGARDLESS OF WHETHER STUDENTS ATTEND IN-PERSON OR ONLINE, FORGE WILL COST £1500 PER STUDENT FOR THE YEAR (PAID £150/MONTH OR £500/TERM) PLUS BOOKS (DETAILS BELOW). ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS RECEIVE A £500 (£50 PER MONTH) DISCOUNT ON COURSE FEES.

MANY STUDENTS WILL NEED TO WORK TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES WHILST ATTENDING FORGE. HOWEVER, SOME STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE OUR FORGE+ PROGRAMME.

– APPLY NOW –

WE ARE OPEN TO APPLICATIONS UNTIL 30 JUNE – SO IF YOU THINK FORGE IS FOR YOU, PLEASE SPEAK TO YOUR LOCAL CHURCH LEADER PRIOR TO APPLYING. THOSE ATTENDING FORGE MUST BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE ACADEMIC SIDE OF THE COURSE, SO IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT, PLEASE ASK. WE LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING YOUR APPLICATION.

CURRICULUM

TOPICS & STREAMS 

FOUR OR FIVE DIFFERENT TOPICS WILL BE COVERED EACH TERM. THE LAST TOPIC OF EACH TERM WILL BE SPECIFIC TO THE STREAM THAT STUDENTS HAVE CHOSEN – EITHER CHURCH MINISTRY OR MARKETPLACE MINISTRY. 

TERM 1 – FORGING 

IDENTITY // FREEDOM //CHARACTER // THE KINGDOM OF GOD // CHURCH ENVIRONMENT (CHURCH MINISTRY STREAM) // WORK ENVIRONMENT (MARKETPLACE MINISTRY STREAM)

TERM 2 – FASHIONING 

FAITH WALK  //  THE CHURCH  //  CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE  //  WORSHIP (CHURCH MINISTRY STREAM)  //  PASTORAL MINISTRY (CHURCH MINISTRY STREAM)  //  BIZMIN (MARKETPLACE MINISTRY STREAM)

TERM 3 – FINISHING 

EVANGELISM // MAKING DISCIPLES // DEVELOPING LEADERS // PLATFORM MINISTRY (CHURCH MINISTRY STREAM) // THINK LIKE A KING (MARKETPLACE MINISTRY STREAM) 

STUDY WEEKS

AT THE END OF EACH TERM THERE WILL BE A STUDY WEEK WHEN STUDENTS WILL BE ASKED TO COMPLETE ANY OUTSTANDING WORK AND WRITE AN ESSAY ON ONE OF THE TOPICS THAT HAVE BEEN STUDIED DURING THE TERM.

BOOKS & RESOURCES

THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL COST FOR READING BOOKS AND RESOURCES FOR SPECIFIC TOPICS. THIS WORKS OUT TO APPROX. £150 FOR STUDENTS CHOOSING THE CHURCH MINISTRY STREAM AND APPROX. £300 FOR STUDENTS CHOOSING THE MARKETPLACE MINISTRY STREAM. THE MAJORITY OF READING WILL NEED TO TAKE PLACE IN PERSONAL TIME.

STUDENTS SHOULD OWN A STUDY BIBLE (WITH CROSS-REFERENCES) AND PROVIDE THEIR OWN STATIONERY. WRITING PAPER WILL BE PROVIDED. MAIN BIBLE VERSIONS USED WILL BE NKJV, NIV AND ESV. WE RECOMMEND STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO A LAPTOP OR CHROMEBOOK, WHICH THEY MAY ALSO WISH TO BRING TO LECTURES.

FIELD TRIP

ALL FORGE STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN A THREE-DAY LIFE-SHAPING FIELD TRIP FOR AN ADDITIONAL COST OF AROUND £500.

THIS COVERS FLIGHTS, HOTEL ROOM AND BREAKFAST,

TRANSPORT AND ACTIVITIES.

FORGE +

FORGE+ IS AVAILABLE FOR 18 TO 30 YEAR OLDS WHO ARE ABLE TO COMMIT ADDITIONAL TIME TO SERVING WITHIN THE SETTING OF FAMILY CHURCH (OR, WHERE AGREED, ANOTHER LOCAL CHURCH OR CHARITY). 

EACH STUDENT WHO CHOOSES FORGE+ WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THEIR SKILLS, STRENGTHS AND PASSIONS, AND WILL BE DIRECTED TOWARD RELEVANT TEAMS/PROJECTS THAT THEY WILL GET INVOLVED WITH DURING THE COURSE OF THE YEAR. 

THIS WILL STRENGTHEN TEAMS/PROJECTS THAT STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED WITH AS WELL AS PROVIDING THEM WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND CONFIDENCE AND GAIN EXPERIENCE IN A SPECIFIC STREAM OF MINISTRY. 

THE TIME COMMITMENT WILL BE DISCUSSED AND A REALISTIC AND BESPOKE PLAN WILL BE PUT TOGETHER FOR EACH FORGE+ STUDENT. 

EACH FORGE+ STUDENT WILL HAVE A STREAM MENTOR WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IT IS TO ENSURE ALL FORGE+ OBJECTIVES AND GOALS ARE BEING MET BY (AND FOR) THE STUDENT. 

THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL COST FOR FORGE+ STUDENTS. THEY WILL SIMPLY PAY THE NORMAL FORGE COURSE FEES PLUS THE COST OF BOOKS, RESOURCES AND FIELD TRIP.