Unexpected Gifts

Dear Friend of Forge, What gift are you asking for this Christmas? My kids have hounded me for a list, but I have already had an incredibly rich season in receiving 4 gifts from the Lord. Gift #1 was an amazing week away, being led to numbers of old friends. Reminded...
Two Lessons I Need to Learn

Two Lessons I Need to Learn

It has been said that ‘although it only took 40 days for the Jews to get out of Egypt, it took 40 years for Egypt to get out of the Jews.’ When I am asked “what have you learned about ministry during COVID?”, there are two things that quickly come to my mind but, like...
What’s Next?

What’s Next?

Summer went quickly and the work ahead feels overwhelming. In the past week, I have spoken to movement leaders in The US and in Australia, in Wales and in England, who are telling the story of Pastor/Leaders who are deeply tired as a result of facing COVID, political...

What are the questions we are asking?

Over the last 8 weeks as we have encountered “staying in place,” I have heard church leaders from across the country asking a lot of questions. Why wouldn’t we? We have been in unusual times. First we asked “how we can deliver our services online?” We were inundated...

Missional Commons: A Canadian Conversation

It is 28 years since I planted Southside Community Church in Burnaby, BC. I did not know what I was doing, so my mentor, John Zimmerman, advised that I walk the neighbourhood for several months, watching for what was happening and talking to the Lord and to people...