Forge Newsletter, December 2015

Same Great News, Fresh New Format

Introducing the new Forge Quarterly Newsletter! This communication is designed to help connect you to the bigger picture of Forge’s mission and ministry. Your initial connection with Forge may have been through an individual staff member, as part of the prayer team, a training program or speaker event, or even through a giving campaign. However the connection, we want you to know that you are a vital part of our mission together! Your collaboration with Forge is helping us answer Jesus’ prayer for more Kingdom laborers—in all walks of life, whatever one’s age, and wherever one calls home.

This new format will help us better connect you to all the ways God is using Forge + you to challenge and equip hearts on fire, lives on purpose Kingdom laborers around the world. For those of you who have been receiving personal monthly newsletters from staff members, be assured that, while those monthly communications will no longer continue, each quarterly issue will include a personal update from that staff member.

Celebrate Integrity with Us!

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Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, recently awarded Forge its highest rating possible for the third consecutive time: . Only 13% of the charities rated achieve 4-star ratings three consecutive times. Forge remains committed to the highest standards of financial accountability, transparency and stewardship.

Meet the People Who Labor with You

The Forge Staff is a called and dedicated team of individuals both in Colorado and around the country. Like the Body of Christ, the parts are many—itinerant speakers, technology specialists, equipping recruiters, designers, visionary leaders, event coordinators, content producers, host providers, finance managers, and resource developers. Each team member plays a vital role in accomplishing our mission. We thought you might like to see some of the faces of the people you are in partnership with. If we could add your face, this picture would be complete!

David & Agnes Robertson


Todd Bright


The joy of Bright family life is this: from six years old to twenty years of age and on, we encounter every season of life every day! Amidst all the activities taking place, Heather and I desire to keep things simple: putting our hands to things that have eternal value and celebrating the growth happening around us.

Recently, Daniel and Noah had experiences that shaped their hearts and lives.  During the month of October, Daniel served in Papau New Guinea with some friends and missionary partners, and Noah put his hands to work in Utah with a missions base.  We’re excited to see God’s heart grow and expand within them.  Lauren is enjoying playing her violin in the Colorado Young Sinfonia and continues to love performing and practicing. Hannah’s love for music is also increasing through learning the flute! On the farm, we currently have kittens, puppies and birds which Seth, Hannah and Sammy love helping out with.  Finally, our recent family highlight was hiking our first Colorado “fourteener!”

Doing ministry together continues to be very special to us.  With God’s help, the Food Bank has had an ongoing impact for ministry families throughout Denver.  We’ve also enjoyed hosting “Fellowship Nights,” a weekly gathering in our home that started small, but keeps growing!  Heather loves to bless others with her gifts of cooking and hosting as we practically get to live out God’s “Plan A” love over meals and conversation.

As we look ahead, please pray God’s wisdom guides our decisions with ministry, community, kids, family, and what we put our hands to. 

Britton Bishop

Forge Speaker

Silas Bowden


John Boyd


Boyd Family Update

Twenty-five years ago this month, Shannon and I committed ourselves to a journey to experience life and serve God’s Kingdom—together. An adventure, if you will. A real voyage. We never could have imagined the paths, turns, dips, and heights our expedition has taken. And truthfully, there hasn’t been a day, a season, an experience, or even a trial that we would want to exchange for another—even something potentially “better.” Every step, climb, and leap has helped shape who we are.

Three children, six ministry appointments, three states, two dogs, and a cat later … we continue to love God with all we have and are (at least that is our earnest desire). Maggie and husband, Chris, were married in September and live in Nashville. They’re enjoying beginning a together-journey of their own. Audrey has her hands into marketing, coffee, photography and other creative endeavors here in Denver. Aidan just got his driver’s license, is tackling his junior year of high school, and 10thyear of ice hockey.

Shannon and I continue to put our hands and energy into loving and serving others as Jesus would and does. We’re looking forward to having our family gather at our house for a Colorado Christmas. With just a little luck, it will be a white one. And yes, we’re ready to see what adventures with one another and Jesus the next twenty-five years holds.

Grace and Peace to you all!

John, Shannon, and family

Nathan Burdick

Forge Speaker

Nathan Burdick


Justin Davis


Lisa Despres


Adrian Despres


Adrian Despres

Forge Speaker

I have been very busy traveling and preaching the Word.  What a thrill it has been to watch the Lord work in the lives of so many people!  About 1200 students were at an event in Valdosta, GA for a football rivalry rally with representatives from both teams speaking about the impact of Jesus on their lives.  When it came time for the invitation, we were not prepared for the response.  Several hundred came forward saying they wanted to get right with Jesus!

I spoke to 1000 football players in Huntsville, AL (several committed to Alabama and Auburn) at a media/FCA event.  They asked me to preach the Four Chairs.  There were several hundred players who gave their lives to Christ or decided they did not want to be lukewarm for Jesus any longer.   I also spoke at my Alma Mater, Furman University, to the FCA ministry that discipled me after I was saved.  They had so many coming that they changed the venue to accommodate their numbers.  The response to Christ was overwhelming.

Recently, I spoke at a church in NC.  It was one of those rare times when I was speaking to mostly senior adults.  I could not believe how the numbers grew every night.  There was an electricity in the air as many brought friends and family members to hear the crazy preacher.  I am not sure there is anything more satisfying for me than to see an over 80 year old give their life to Christ – as I did there around 25 times.  Praise the Lord!  Thank you so much for your prayers and support that make this ministry possible!

Paul Epperson

Forge Speaker

Paul Epperson


Santiago Fuentes


Santiago Fuentes

Forge Speaker

Jessica (Jessie) Garcia


Nicholas Hindes

Forge Speaker

Sara Jenkins

Forge Speaker

Josh Lin


Charlie Marquis

Forge Speaker

Charlie Marquis


WOW! It has been an incredible season. Dara and I have seen Jesus radically transform lives before our eyes – younger lives, wiser lives, Asian lives, American lives… all sorts of lives!

This past month we had the amazing opportunity to invest in high school students who signed up with Forge to quickly surge forward with God and experience Him at work in the world around them through 2.5 weeks of intense experiences, adventures, and teachings all designed to equip them to become Kingdom Laborers – loving Jesus with everything and daily impacting the lives around them. One of these students wrote a note saying “the Forge high school discipleship training has changed the way I view God and His grace.”

Various students overcame whatever was hindering their relationships with Christ, others realized God could actually use them to impact other lives as they share, and still others left with radical vision of what the future might bring as they take steps of obedience to what God is laying before them. We are pumped for these young lives!

Recently Charlie has spoken for Hope Community Church, a local Korean Church, young adults in The Experience discipleship training, and high school students in Forge’s 2.5 week discipleship training. Dara has led worship for most of these groups as well. It has been so cool to minister as a couple and see Jesus set lives free, and send them out with vision and purpose for His Kingdom.

With Jesus, Charlie and Dara Marquis

Melissa Motschenbacher


Chris Prather

Forge Speaker

Hope Radebaugh

Forge Speaker

Dwight Robertson


A New Chapter

We’ve entered a new season! It’s year 30 as a ministry! Both our kids are married and on their own. We moved from the house and neighborhood where children were raised and “Plan A” was written. We’ve entered the “empty-nest” season of life – with FULL HEARTS!

Our full hearts are celebrating a slew of new ministry opportunities, open doors, writing, and MANY former students serving EVERYWHERE are ready for up-close encouragement, love, counsel, and availability! They are multiplying (MORE!) Kingdom laborers in God-assigned challenging new spiritual harvest fields. Our fixer-upper home can support their visits. So along with our ministry leadership and travel schedule, we have enough margin to also bless them, their families, and their ministries. One visitor last week (touched 24 years ago in Canada– now reaching SE Asia) wrote, “Your home was a sanctuary. Just being with you brought healing and a smile to my soul.” Hundreds have been in our home since last May when our extensive renovation project was “finished” (well, completed as much as is possible for now).

Halleluiah! This 30th FORGE-Kingdom Building Ministries year, the aim is 30% growth in ALL areas – speakers, ministry events, spiritual decisions, lives equipped, and investors and prayer workers. Right now a unique giving opportunity exists. ALL new and increased giving (even any increased monthly EFT giving pre-determined for 2017) will be MATCHED dollar for dollar, up to $300,000! We’re excited, personally involved, and encourage everyone to take advantage of this special time-sensitive Kingdom opportunity!    

Jason Roe

Forge Speaker

The Roe family is staying very engaged in ministry. Jason has recently been blessed by several churches that have hosted successful revivals in which God has moved and lives have been changed. Our prayer is always that the church be renewed and the life of the church be a force of change in their communities.  Holly is continuing in ministry as well through the Storytime at a local coffee shop in which nearly 30 children and their parents or caregivers attend weekly. She is also planning two upcoming parenting seminars for a local school and housing complex.  Thank you for your love, support, friendship and prayers.

Jason Roe


Amy Steffen


Christy Tiberg


Michaela Wickham

Forge Speaker

David Yirdaw


Introducing the Forge Fund

We are excited to tell you about the Forge Fund, a powerful new way for people to partner with Forge financially. We created the Forge Fund as a clear and simple way to show our ministry partners exactly what their donations are fueling and to provide a single giving tank to enable Forge leadership to respond aptly to multiple ministry needs. Here are the many ways the Forge Fund fuels the advancement of our mission in building a movement of Kingdom laborers:

Students

Students benefit from the fund through subsidizing the cost of our equipping programs, making them available to a more diverse student group. It allows scholarships for young men and women who have a demonstrated need and a strong sense of calling to participate. The fund enables us to expand our training and equipping to areas of the world where travel to the U.S. is neither affordable nor feasible.

Forge Staff

Forge Staff benefits via staff development and assistance programs. The fund allows Forge to expand staff to areas of significant need where a lack of capacity, expertise or funding exists. The fund allows Forge to provide a work environment where staff can grow personally and professionally to fully utilize their unique Kingdom gifting, and helps support a sustainable environment for long-term employment.

Forge Speakers

Forge Speakers benefit by making it possible for them to go to more places around the world, especially when hosts have limited resources. The fund allows Forge to develop additional speakers through the cutting-edge Firebrand Itinerant Training Program, an equipping program designed to develop “evangelists, prophets and apostles” in a similar manner that seminaries train “pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11-13). These men and women will be the “Paul’s and Timothy’s” to the next generation of people in desperate need of the gospel.

Technology and Facility Advancement

Technology and Facility Advancement benefits in helping Forge deliver training and equipping materials, live messages, and other valuable resources to new people in fresh ways as technology advances. The fund also provides for facility improvements to enhance Forge’s ability to host and serve more people, more effectively.

The Forge Fund is to Forge what an offering is to a church. Without it, we simply cannot accomplish our mission. The fund helps fuel the fire of the bold movement in which we are engaged: challenging and equipping more hearts on fire, lives on purpose Kingdom laborers.

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Read the personal updates for our staff and speakers!

  • David & Agnes Robertson

  • Todd Bright

  • Britton Bishop
    Forge Speaker

  • Silas Bowden

  • John Boyd

  • Nathan Burdick
    Forge Speaker

  • Nathan Burdick

  • Justin Davis

  • Lisa Despres

  • Adrian Despres

  • Adrian Despres
    Forge Speaker

  • Paul Epperson
    Forge Speaker

  • Paul Epperson

  • Santiago Fuentes

  • Santiago Fuentes
    Forge Speaker

  • Jessica (Jessie) Garcia

  • Nicholas Hindes
    Forge Speaker

  • Sara Jenkins
    Forge Speaker

  • Josh Lin

  • Charlie Marquis
    Forge Speaker

  • Charlie Marquis

  • Melissa Motschenbacher

  • Chris Prather
    Forge Speaker

  • Hope Radebaugh
    Forge Speaker

  • Dwight Robertson

  • Jason Roe
    Forge Speaker

  • Jason Roe

  • Amy Steffen

  • Christy Tiberg

  • Michaela Wickham
    Forge Speaker

  • David Yirdaw