OUR MISSION AND VISION
Nowadays, it seems we in the American church are quick to come up with new catchy and compelling ‘Mission Statements’ in an attempt to stand out from the crowd and get the attention of seekers, but the mission of the church has already been clearly established 2000 years ago by Jesus Himself. Matthew records in His Gospel one of the final statements of Christ affectionately known as The Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
We at The Forge Church have no desire to come up with something different, rather, Jesus’ words are clear and we feel they need not be changed or expanded upon. Because of that, our mission is simple: Engage, Invest and Multiply.
Engage: Jesus says ‘go’. Go in all nations with the message of the Gospel, go and engage all people and all cultures with this life changing message. Therefore, we at The Forge Church are on mission to engage people right where they are at, not asking them to clean up first, not asking them to come to a Sunday service first and not asking them to become moral first. Rather, wherever they are at that is where we want to engage them and not with feel good promises of a better physical life, not empty promises of heath and wealth, not with emotionalism and easy believeism, but with the real message of Jesus in all its beauty and in all its gravity, a message of hope and restoration and a message of repentance and death to self – beauty but with a cost. So, we engage the lost to see them won to Jesus and converted.
Invest: The Great Commission is not about evangelism, but without evangelism fulling the command is not possible. Rather The Great Commission is all about making disciples. So, we here at The Forge Church exist to make disciples of Jesus. We have no desire to make people simply moral, we have no desire to entertain Sunday attenders, we have no desire to see converts made that never grow in holiness or maturity but simply grow old in the pews. We deeply desire to see disciples made and that does not happen in a classroom, it does not happen by reading a book or even by listening to sermons. Disciples are made when one disciple intentionally invests significant time into a convert. Investing is time consuming, it demands energy and takes effort but for the follower of Christ this is not optional. So, we engage the lost to see them won to Jesus and converted, we then invest in the convert to see them become a disciple.
Multiply: Jesus ends by telling us to teach them to obey everything He has commanded. We at The Forge Church will always teach the full council of God, regardless if our culture finds it offensive, in the words of the great reformer Martin Luther “Here I stand, I can do no other, God help me.” The Great Commission is also part of what Jesus demanded the disciples teach others to obey and if the Great Commission is all about making disciples that means we must teach others to follow suit. So, we engage the lost to see them won to Jesus and converted, we then invest in the covert to see them become a disciple, and then we teach them to obey the full council of God and go into all nations and make disciples – this is multiplication.
Our mission is simple, our mission is Biblical and our mission is the same mission the early church that was birthed in the book of Acts had, the same mission the churches of the reformers had, the same mission the puritans had and the same mission that we believe every church needs to get back to and one we are single-mindedly focused on.
We hope you find this ‘Mission Statement’ compelling and refreshing and we hope that you come and join us to take part in the Great Commission because the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.