Archive for December, 2008

Frosty on ‘mission’

Michael Frost, helps define ‘mission’


New National director for Forge…

Reading off Hamo’s blog…

I think some of my weirdness of feeling comes from the fact that yesterday I resigned as the National Director of Forge and now (having resigned from my WA role) I have no official function or role in an organisation that I have been an integral part of. On the one hand that’s no big deal – most people have no official role or function in Forge – but when your life & identity has been so tightly enmeshed with what you do it does leave you a little disoriented. I identify with Wayne Carey when he gave up football, but I’m hopeful I will respond a little differently.

My resignation from both roles comes at a time when I just knew that my ‘work was done’. In WA Forge is up and running, is stable and healthy and my work as the founding leader was over. It was time for someone to come in and give it some new life and direction. I could feel my vision and creative energy waning and was aware that it was time to hand it on.

In the National Director role I have been aware that the challenges ahead of us lie a bit beyond what I am capable of managing well. We need to re-invent ourselves and re-structure if we are to have a significant influence in the future. I am fairly good at strategic planning and the like, but Phil McCredden is a bloody genius at it and yesterday as we were discussing the road ahead I offered to step down so that Phil could give us the leadership we need at this point.

He has accepted so another stage of the Forge journey begins. I believe Phil is the right bloke for the job and I will continue to serve on the national team in whatever capacity I am needed for the next twelve months and we’ll see where it goes from there. Phil is a highly gifted man of great integrity and I am really pleased that he has accepted the challenge of leading the next phase of the the transition. We are good friends and I feel very satisfied to be able to pass the baton to him.

Forge Victoria director change…

The ammened blurb from the Victorian Forge directors….

Throughout 2008 FORGE Victoria has been working with a number of operational issues and has concluded that change is vital for renewed health and growth. The board has now moved to restructure the organisation.  FORGE Victoria is the original seed that has developed FORGE throughout the world and the board is committed to continuing to offer quality training for aspiring emerging missional leaders.

Phil McCredden has been appointed the new director of Forge Victoria.  Phil has headed the Transition Stream of Forge for three years and is the Ministry Team Leader of Northern Community Church of Christ.  We are developing a new lean operational structure which focusses on our core internship program and the delivery of missional training to a new generation of leaders.

The board thanks Kim Hammond for his  work as Director of FORGE Victoria from 2006. Kim was an intern in 2002 and joined the staff team as a volunteer from 2003. As director for 3 years he has overseen three national conferences, over 100 interns, assembled a quality team and expanded the FORGE brand. Kim remains part of the FORGE movement as he moves on to other things.

Forge Victoria still faces many challenges in this transition to a new structure and leadership.  We thank our partners and friends for your generous help and support in the past, and we look forward to continuing in partnership in the future.  If you have any questions about the ongoing operations of Forge Victoria and our hopes for the future, please contact Board Chair Olivia MacLean or Director Phil McCredden.