Ryan, his wife Laura, and their three girls live in the North Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. Ryan and Laura lead a neighborhood church and together, and they long to see their neighborhood and city look more and more like the Kingdom of God.

Ryan and Laura are also the founders and leaders of Forge Dallas and Waken Ministries, both of which are missional training organizations. Ryan also serves as the Director of Training & Development for Forge America.

Ryan's heartbeat is to help all people realize their ability for life change and world transformation. He is a missionary mobilizer and trainer, consultant, and teacher/speaker.


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

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