One Question Churches Must Ask

One Question Churches Must Ask “Where is our next pastor coming from?” Churches need to ask this question because almost every church has an unstated answer to this: somewhere else. In a Christendom model of church, this question doesn’t really need to be asked,...

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Learning in, with, and for the church

Learning in, with, and for the church

Learning in, with, and for the church I’ve always loved learning, Jesus, and the church. When I went to college, I loved Bible, ministry, philosophy, and theology classes. Here was the opportunity to ask big questions and wrestle with the answers in a community where...

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The Foundry Unleashes Church-Based Equipping

The Foundry Unleashes Church-Based Equipping

The Foundry was highlighted by Plant 616 in their Spring Update. Church-based learning isn’t overly academic and doesn’t require learners to leave their contexts. That’s the Foundry. See the entire post:...

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Go

Go

“So what does The Foundry do?” I get that question a fair amount these days. My first answer is: “Go.” It might sound simple, but the first step in everything we do is “go.” Go to meet and connect with pastors and church leaders. Go in order to listen.

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Generosity: One Church’s Gift

Generosity: One Church’s Gift

In late 2020, as three colleagues were working through questions of calling and vocation, one church offered something they could share: space. This unassuming church on the northeast side of Grand Rapids welcomed three weary travelers who were unsure of their next...

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Jesus and John Wayne

Jesus and John Wayne

I must admit that it took me too long to finally read the book most frequently recommended to me, Jesus and John Wayne by Dr. Kristen Kobes Du Mez (@kkdumez). Once I started reading, I could not put it down! One of the things I love most about teaching...

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What We’re Reading

What We’re Reading

As we've been discerning the call to begin this new venture we call The Foundry, we have found numerous books, articles, and other resources to be particularly valuable and insightful. These are just some of the books we've engaged that speak to the need for...

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2021-2022 Ministry Formation Schedule

A Biblical and Practical Theology of Sabbath  Sept. 7 - Oct. 15 This session explores biblical, theological, and practical dimensions of Sabbath rhythms of life, connecting our doctrine of God with our actual practice of rest and work. We're going to pay...

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Ministry Formation Learning Cohort

Goal The Foundry is committed to training ministry leaders in a way that is biblically and theologically rooted, practically oriented, and connected to the local church. Unique Ministry Formation The Foundry is committed to ministry formation that is church-centered...

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What are we reading?! .Sarah Behm, our Director of Operations and Spiritual Director is reading Our Unforming: De-Westernizing Spiritual Formation. She says of the book, “Cindy challenges us to leave behind western-only ideas of spiritual formation and look to and embrace bipoc practices, traditions, perspectives of what spirituality has been and can be. It’s a beautiful book.” ..Tell us in the comments, what are you reading?? ... See MoreSee Less
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What are we reading? These two books are shaping the Pastoral Formation course in our Institute of Ministry Leadership. The aim is to support Christian leaders by providing them with insights, biblical principles, and tools that will aid them in cultivating sustainable and effective ministry...We want to know, what are you reading?? Leave a comment and tell us! ... See MoreSee Less
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We’d love to have you and your leaders join us! Check out the link in our bio and scroll through for more info! ... See MoreSee Less
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Grateful for an Incredible Year - mailchi.mp/c0d6ce2de858/triathlon-relay-fall-ministry-training-8110861 ... See MoreSee Less
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Our bad explanations for the purpose of bodies and sex reveal that we may have missed the plot of the gospel itself. When Christians fail to link a biblical theology of sex and bodies to the gospel, we tell a false story about God...Have you considered the implications of your views of sex, marriage, singleness and your body? The gospel is an embodied message for embodied humans. Our bodies are meant to embody the gospel and point the watching world to our Savior and declare that it is in fact good news to follow him!..If you want to join in on deep theological discussions with other ministry leaders around topics like Sabbath, Sex, Bodies and the Gospel, Church History and more, check out our ministry formation cohorts! Link in bio! ... See MoreSee Less
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Coming January 21! Join us for a time of training leaders of the church. This is space for leaders at all levels to come and engage in teaching and discussion as we learn and grow together. Link to sign up in bio! ... See MoreSee Less
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