Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. Currently he co-leads Future Travelers, an innovative learning program helping megachurches become missional movements. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world.

Hirsch is the author of The Forgotten Ways and The Forgotten Ways Handbook; co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus and The Faith of Leap (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford): On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson); and The Permanent Revolution (with Tim Catchim).

His experience includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized, developing training systems for innovative missional leaders, and heading up the mission and revitalization work of his denomination.

Alan is co-founder and adjunct faculty for the M.A. in Missional Church Movements at Wheaton College (Illinois). He is also adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, George Fox Seminary, among others, and he lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States. He is series editor for Baker Books' Shapevine series, IVP's Forge line, and a contributing editor of Leadership Journal.


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

PRE-CONFERENCE: Movement Mobilization – Hosted by 100 Movements
Ten years ago, in his ground breaking and seminal book called The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch identified 6 key elements that he suggested were common in every significant Christian movement. Over the last 10 years, numerous churches and Christian organizations have used this resource to help them begin to reimagine their own church as a movement. The challenge for the church has been and is to move those same ideas from paradigm shift to practice. This Exponential Movement Pre-conference will help Christian leaders and churches identify, assess and grow their practice of these 6 key elements for movement capacity. While many churches excel in some of these elements, few have been able to reach Level 5 capacity in all 6 parts of the mDNA (movement DNA). In this Multiplication Pre-Conference Journey, leaders will be introduced to the 6 elements of mDNA, leverage the biblical narrative as an interpretive lens for understanding their church's journey toward movement capacity, and identify the major barriers to making progress in building out their church as a movement. 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 349

Workshop Session 1: Why Multiplication Thinking (Alone) Will Never Create a Movement
By developing an interpretive lens for the progression of moving biblical mysteries to movement practicalities, this workshop will introduce the importance of understanding the imperative connection between good ideas and effective practices. Do we know which side of the equation we favor and how that impacts our leadership journey? Do we know how to close the gap? Join the 100M team as paradigm shift and practice collide into a dynamic discussion of why multiplication thinking cannot create a movement unless it is tied to the practice of movement.
Time: Tuesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301H

Workshop Session 2: 5iveQ (Cultivation of Apostolic Imagination and Practice in the 21st Century)
In the book The Permanent Revolution and his new book 5iveQ, Alan proposes a revolutionary missional ecclesiology that is shaped by the New Testament account of apostolic imagination, ministry, and strategy. His aim is to reclaim the ministry by which the church is to remain centered on its calling to be the instrument of God's mission, and that everything it is and does ought to relate to and demonstrate that calling. He examines the nature of organization as reframed through the lens of apostolic ministry and explore how apostolic leadership provides new and missionally creative ways forward.
Time: Wednesday, 8:45 – 9:45am
Location: Student Center - Room 101B

Workshop Session 3: APEST: Multiplying Leaders That Matter
Every movement is shaped by its leaders. But what kind of leaders is your movement multiplying? In this workshop the 100M Team will help your church think through what Movement Leadership looks like, help you learn how to multiply the leaders you have and identify the leaders you might be missing.
Time: Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301H

Workshop Session 4: Holiness in the Way of Jesus
Just when we thought we had holiness all figured out, it gets turned upside down when we look at it in the life and teachings of Jesus. This is a holiness that changed the religious equation and focuses on redemptive engagement in our world.
Time: Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: AP Buildings - AP 6

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