Church Planting & Missional Community Formation

The Church Planting & Missional Community Formation Learning Community is an 8-month experience designed to help missional minded pioneers better understand the essential paradigm shifts necessary for effective church planting & missional community formation. We believe that missional communities are the most effective vehicle for church planting and for the church as a whole for making disciples who make disciples. This learning community will also equip participants with the basics in missional community formation, sustainability, and multiplication. 



This 8-month learning community creates an innovative journey of exploration, helping participants shift their paradigms and take action towards greater Kingdom impact. The content is strategically and deliberately designed to challenge paradigms and help participants build a foundation for action.

The journey consists of:

  • One-day Trainings. These trainings combine the relational, experiential, and informational components required for transformation. There will be 3-4 of these for each learning community. Each training will also include teaching from missional practitioners, discussion, and practical application.
  • Monthly Coaching. Coaching will happen monthly with cohort in peer-to-peer, small group learning environments.
  • Onsite Experiences. The cohort will gather 2-3 times on site with local practitioners throughout the learning community. The local practitioners will share their experiences in implementation, including sessions learned and best practices.
  • Suggested Curriculum.



Church Planting & Missional Community Formation Themes

Essential Paradigm Shifts For Church Planting & Missional Community Formation

  • The Missio Dei, God and His mission
  • The Incarnation, Our model for mission
  • Missional Ecclesiology,
  • Mission as the organizing principle Missional Community, The vehicle for making disciples who make disciples

Missional Community Formation

  • Formation of a Missional Community
  • Starting with a Team & Leading as a Team (APEST)
  • Building Congregational Structure

Missional Community LIfe

  • Balancing the Gathered and Scattered
  • Missional Rhythms & Practices
  • Discipleship & Evangelism

Sustainability & Multiplication

  • Leadership Development
  • The Bi-Vocational LIfe
  • Multiplication, The makings of a movement



Ryan Hairston

Ryan, his wife Laura, and their three girls live in the North Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. Ryan and Laura lead a neighborhood church and together, and they long to see their neighborhood and city look more and more like the Kingdom of God. Ryan and Laura are also the founders and leaders of Forge Dallas & Waken Ministries, both of which are missional training organizations. Laura also serves on the Forge America team helping to develop our national team while Ryan works to develop Forge Hubs across the country. Ryan’s heartbeat is to help all people realize their ability for life change and world transformation. He is a missionary mobilizer and trainer, consultant, and teacher/speaker.

Hugh Halter

Hugh and his wife Cheryl have planted two churches and are working on a planting a third right now. Hugh is also the founder of Missio, a mission training organization, and the author of Sacrilege, BiVO, and co-author of The Tangible Kingdom, AND, and FLESH. His latest book is titled Brimstone: The Act and Act of Holy Non-judgement. He speaks extensively, encouraging and equipping pastors in Incarnational ministry and missional leadership. Hugh & Cheryl now live on a small urban ranch in Denver. Cheryl is a real estate agent and is living her life long dream of having horses and Hugh is hoping to someday get a John Deere tractor. While he waits, he enjoys having dudes over to his “McHugh’s Wildhorse Saloon” in their barn. 



Every month the learning community participants with gather. Depending on the month participants will either gather for a one-day training or a 2-hour coaching session. Throughout the 8-month experience participants will also engage in suggested curriculum.

The goal of Forge Dallas is for participants to remain in their jobs, schooling, etc. since one’s context is crucial for learning and living the 8-months of formation.



The Forge Dallas Learning Community has a cost of $1,600. This pays for: tuition, training events, training materials, etc.  

Here's how we break that down:

$200 deposit is due when application is submitted

$200 per month for the next 7 months 

Participants are encouraged to bring others on this 8-month journey with them by raising these funds. To break this down even further, one would just need 10 people at $20/month!

We do not want finances to be the main reason why people cannot participate. Scholarships and financial aid will be available by request as resources are available. To discuss scholarship opportunities please contact the Forge Dallas leadership through the CONNECT page.



If you are interested in taking the first step in participating in this learning community, APPLY HERE!