The Neighbourhood Project

Form a community of faith joining Jesus in the neighbourhood.

APPLY NOW

A movement of God is afoot that is about rediscovering the mission of God in our communities. There is no more business-as-usual for our churches. The Spirit of God is calling us to join Jesus in our neighbourhoods.

The Neighbourhood Project is the place for you as a leader to be equipped in forming a community of faith that is discerning God’s presence and joining Jesus in the neighbourhood.

What You Will Do

Join a cohort of up to 15 peers, led by experienced facilitators from The Missional Network and Forge Canada, to:

LEARN to discern God’s activity in your neighbourhoods

EQUIP your people to join Jesus in your community

EXPLORE how to lead in disruptive times

SHAPE congregation life from Sunday-centric to neighbourhood-rooted

Testimonials

The NP got our team to see the person in front of them. It helped the team focus on God's presence in their lives and in their community. It helped our team reflect on what our church was doing to minister to, for and with people.

Willie Reimer
Minister at Willingdon Church, Burnaby BC Canada

After completing the NP, the youth minister at our church wants to integrate the four practices of listening, reflecting, dwelling and acting with the youth leaders. Rather than seeing a need and jumping in to fix it, this leader now wants to pause and see what God is doing and respond to His work among the youth. A church elder who participated in the NP wants all church leaders to join the NP! At first skeptical about Dwelling in the Word, now this elder looks forward to it in order to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to each person.

Michelle Porco
Pastor at Riverdale Baptist, Whitehorse, YK Canada

This has been an inspiring and encouraging journey to meet with fellow Pastors across denominational lines and across the country. The stories from our church team gives me hope for the future of the church and God's mission on earth. The teaching that stands out in my mind and heart is "God is at work in unexpected places, unexpected ways and in unexpected people." The Spirit of the Lord is on the move in our neighbourhoods and I'm excited to join God in His work. Praying for open hearts, ears and eyes!

Sandra Budden
Pastor at Meadowlands, Ancaster, ON Canada

The NP has provided an opportunity to connect with other leaders and explore scripture and stories of God’s presence in the midst of ordinary experiences of life. It didn’t answer all my questions, but it provided a space to explore questions and a framework to continue to engage in conversations. I still hope for more conversations on topics of mentoring, dealing with grief, and envisioning an alternative future but this experience helped me to identify them as critical topics for our future as a movement.

Larry McGuire
Pastor at Community of Christ, Gilbert AZ, USA

The NP offers a fresh and authentic approach to ministry and church life. It created an opportunity for deep community with a small group within our congregation.

Mavis Currie
Minister at Knox Prebyterian, St. Thomas ON Canada

Who is the Neighbourhood Project for?

NP participants are church leaders who are responsible for discipling people in mission in the community. Previous cohort participants have included pastors, small group leaders, mission group leaders, community coordinators, denominational leaders and others. Participants have also come from a variety of mainline and evangelical traditions.

APPLY NOW

Facilitators

Dr. Alan Roxburgh

A pastor, teacher, writer and consultant with more than 40 years experience in church leadership, consulting and seminary education.

Dr. Karen Wilk

Karen leads Forge Canada's Neighbourhood Life initiatives and the Edmonton hub. She is also a Go Local Catalyser with Resonate Global Mission of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Karen  has been a pastor in Edmonton for over 30 years.

Dr. Cam Roxburgh

Cam is the National Director for Forge Canada as well as the Team Leader of The Neighbourhood Church in Vancouver, BC. He also serves as the VP for Missional Initiatives with the North American Baptists.

Project Details

Over 10 months, you will receive teaching and engage in practices that equip you in forming communities of disciples that are joining with God in their neighbourhoods. You will do this in the following three phases:

Time Commitment

Joining the Neighbourhood Project will involve:

  • 2 hours for monthly online cohort gatherings with peers and Project facilitators
  • Access to one hour of monthly coaching
  • Starting in Phase 3, 2-3 hours of monthly work with your Neighbourhood Action Teams

Cohort Dates

  • Orientation is September 7, 11-1pm Pacific.
  • All subsequent gatherings are on the 3rd Wednesday of the month starting on September 21, 11-1pm Pacific.

APPLY NOW

Costs

Register by June 30 for Discount

  • Early Bird discount for registrations before June 30: $1750
  • Registration costs after June 30: $2000

Fees will be invoiced after acceptance has been confirmed. Payment options are available and we encourage you to contact us for any questions you have around financing and support.

The Neighbourhood Project is an initiative of Forge Canada and The Missional Network.