The Experience

Engaging young adults in a transformational journey of training, ministry, life planning and coaching.


The Experience is a two month intensive equipping program for young-adults:

  • Phase 1: 59-days of equipping through teaching and experiential learning with an international missions component into the heart of a third-world country … all designed to take you deeper in your relationship with God and help you to live the rest of your life on-purpose for God’s Kingdom.
  • Phase 2: 10 months of on-going coaching and support to help you apply what you learned during phase one as you transition back to your home, school or work environment.


The Experience is designed for individuals who are one year removed from high school. Most participants in The Experience are young adults. Our application review committee considers each applicant individually through a process of prayer and evaluation.


Denver: May 26–July 23, 2022

Grand Rapids: TBD (but very similar to Denver)

Applications are due by March 15.

International Student applications are due by December 31.


$5,900 (Includes all program expenses—lodging, food, international travel, experiences & resources—after arrival in Denver through program graduation.)

Each accepted student is encouraged to engage the support-raising process to fund tuition for this discipleship training mission. A member of the Forge Team will personally walk alongside each student providing effective tools including a funding website, support letter and creative ideas to fuel the fundraising process.



Through a series of classroom teaching at Forge in Denver, CO, you will be challenged by powerful messages from Forge Speakers, equipped through practical skill workshops and team building exercises and engage various ministry experiences.  You will also begin a relationship with a spiritual coach who will journey with you throughout the upcoming year.


Your understanding of God’s heart for the nations will grow as you experience cross-cultural ministry.  Locations may include the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala and more.



In this stage, you will experience the value of passing on the spiritual baton of what God has handed you to others. You will also learn from Forge Speakers and Staff while serving as a camp counselor to high school students at Forge’s Deep Camp, held at YMCA's premier camp facility, Snow Mountain Ranch, in Winter Park, CO.


Launched and released as a team, you will engage urban culture within the United States, mobilized to minister in the unique ways God has gifted you and to put action to what you’ve learned throughout the summer.



Back at Forge in Denver, CO, you will walk through a process called Life Planning, where we gather the experiences you’ve had, the lessons you have learned and the skills you’ve acquired in order to plan and dream about how God will use you to advance His Kingdom.


The entire program is focused on preparing you for the moment you return home. We pray you are prepared to live the life God created you for, a lifetime of God-glorifying, self-denying, real-world impacting ministry.  In this stage, we will meet through monthly conference calls to learn how we can pray for and encourage one another.  You will also continue your relationship with your spiritual coach as you seek to live out all God has revealed during The Experience.

Our Approach

150524_CR_THE_EXPERIENCE_1088The Experience is based on Forge’s philosophy of training, which involves one-on-one coaching, classroom teaching, experiential learning, skill development, and team dynamics.  We also incorporate core Biblical Kingdom values of loving God and loving others throughout the program’s entirety. Everything is designed to equip you to live the rest of your life with a heart on fire for God and to live a lifestyle of active ministry wherever you go and in whatever you do.