Deb Hirsch is a speaker, church leader, and writer. She has led churches in both Australia and Los Angeles. She is one of the founders of Forge Mission Training Network and a current member of the Forge America national team. She also serves as a board member for Missio Alliance. She co-authored (with Alan Hirsch) Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship. Her new book Redeeming Sex reflects something of her own journey and attempts to bring new conversations around sexuality into the context of the church. Deb has been involved in social work, community development and as a trained counselor has worked in the field of sexuality for over twenty-five years. She and her husband live in community with others in Los Angeles.

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PRE-CONFERENCE: FORGE Missionary Training for the Local Church - Creating a Missional Sending Culture to Every Neighborhood and Network – Hosted by Forge
Now that America has become a mission context, churches are beginning to recognize that the need is not for more and better programs, presentations or preaching. Instead a mission field needs Missionaries. Normal everyday people who know how to engage culture with the gospel, form missionary communities, and re-orient their lives around kingdom values and behaviors. In this Preconference, the Forge team (Alan and Deb Hirsch, Hugh Halter, Ryan Hairston and Brad Brisco) will move from missional inspiration to doable missional apprenticeship. We will discuss: The Missionary Nature of Church; "Deconsumerizing" & Decentralizing the Saints; Moving Small Groups to Missionary Communities; Activating ALL the People of God; Synergizing the Gathered and Scattered Structures; and How to Apprentice Others into Mission. See list of all speakers in this pre-conference here.
Day / Time: Monday 1:00pm – 5:00pm and Tuesday 8:00am – 11:30am
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301A

Workshop Session 1: Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations About Sexuality and Spirituality
It seems the church in the West is struggling to work out the relationship between our sexuality and our spirituality. But what does Jesus have to say to sexual minorities? In this workshop we will discuss how we might walk a middle road through the conflict – to one of mutual transformation. Discussing some of the practical and theological issues that need to be addressed, we will also look at the posture we must inhabit, as well as what we should and shouldn't do.
Time: Tuesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Student Center - Room 101B

Workshop Session 3: In the Way of Jesus
"As the father sends me; so I send you" John 20:21. How did God send the Son? The incarnational life of Jesus is rich with examples and patterns that we can and must learn from. This workshop will look at a number of incarnational practices that will both deepen and inform our missional pursuits.
Time: Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Student Center - Room 101B

Workshop Session 4: Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations About Sexuality and Spirituality
It seems the church in the West is struggling to work out the relationship between our sexuality and our spirituality. But what does Jesus have to say to sexual minorities? In this workshop we will discuss how we might walk a middle road through the conflict – to one of mutual transformation. Discussing some of the practical and theological issues that need to be addressed, we will also look at the posture we must inhabit, as well as what we should and shouldn't do.
Time: Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Student Center - Room 101B

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