Ministry Formation Cohorts

Our ministry formation cohorts focus on equipping leaders for ministry. The Foundry is committed to ministry formation that is church-centered and uses holistic, hands-on models of learning. Our ministry formation cohorts are for those who are actively serving in some capacity in their church or ministry context, whether as pastors, staff leaders, or lay leaders interested in being further equipped for ministry.

When

Twice/month (see calendar for dates)

Where

The Foundry @ Fourth Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Cost

$200/course

Next Steps

See 2022-2023 Course Schedule

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Hear from Ministry Formation Participants

“The content in the courses is deep and wide, meaning that participants will definitely broaden their understanding of a particular topic while at the same time getting depth in who they are and who they’ll be as a church leader.”

Church Leadership Training

Our lay leadership training offers training and equipping for elders, deacons, ministry staff, and other lay leaders. We focus on equipping your church’s leaders in four broad categories:

Character: Spiritual and Emotional Health
Knowledge: Bible, Theology, Polity
Skills: Listening, Care, Teaching
Responsibilities: Leadership, Discipleship, Worship

We offer this training in a multi-church format three times per year (January, April, and October). Churches can also work with us to customize workshops for just their own church.

2023 Dates: January 21, April 22, October 14

When Next training on Discipleship – January 21, 2023 from 9:30am-12:30pm

Where

The Foundry @ Fourth Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Cost

Per Church (Unlimited Participants)
$500 / workshop OR
$1500 / year (January, April, and October)

Next Steps

Register for the next training workshop.

Email sarahbehm@thefoundrygr.org to learn more.

Hear from Lay Leadership Training Participants

“This was so well done and helpful! The best part was the presentation itself and group discussion with the thought-provoking discussion questions. ”

Pastors’ Life Pod

The Foundry pastors’ group (“life pod”) gathers for regular times of communal reflection on Scripture, prayer, and conversation. In his book, The Resilient Pastor, Glen Packiam observes, “The pastoral vocation is holy–it is wholly other, a sacred calling that cannot be codified or copied. Pastors need a space for pastors to talk to one another, to question our assumptions and explore new perspectives... to think out loud together” (16). We provide that kind of space where pastors can think, pray, reflect, think out loud, and engage with Scripture and one another together. For the church to flourish, we need pastors who are encouraged, supported, and refreshed regularly.

When

The second Wednesday of each month, 9:30-11:30 am.

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Where

The Foundry @ Fourth Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Cost

Free

Next Steps

Let us know you’re coming! Email jeff.fisher@thefoundrygr.org.

Hear from Pastors’ Group  Participants

“As a pastor it is rare to have a space where you can walk through scripture, without thinking about teaching or preaching. It is even more rare to have a chance to be a participant as you are led through scripture, prayer, and community with others. My lifepod has been a safe place to connect with others in ministry, to dig into God’s Word, and to have the gift of space to reflect, be quiet, and connect with God.”

Seminary at Church

Instead of sending people to seminary (whether in-person or online), you can bring seminary-level training to your church site. The Foundry offers seminary-level training on site and packaged in a sustainable rhythm. Our church-centered model focuses on ministry-related outcomes in participants’ current ministry context, connecting course learning with the real-life ministry happening in your church.

Where

Faith Church, Dyer, Indiana (current location). If you’re interested in starting up a Seminary at Church site at your church, contact us!

When

Times vary. Connect with us to learn more.

Cost

Cost varies. Connect with us to learn more.

Next Steps

Connect with us to learn more about joining our Faith Church site or starting a new Seminary at Church site!

Hear from Seminary at Church  Participants

“We’ve benefitted immensely from the coursework created and delivered by The Foundry because it’s fully focused on helping a leader develop his or her head knowledge and then apply it to how it might be utilized in ministry.”

Customized Workshops

The Foundry offers workshops where lay leaders and congregations can be trained in a variety of areas, including biblical and theological training, spiritual disciplines, and how faith shapes our approach to contemporary cultural issues. Connect for a consultation regarding lay leader training customized for your church, a Ministry Formation cohort for your church or network, or Seminary at Church for your church or network.

Next Steps

Connect with us to learn more about creating a custom training.