Alan Hirsch
Missional Guru

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. Currently he co-leads Future Travelers, an innovative learning program helping megachurches become missional movements. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world.

Hirsch is the author of The Forgotten Ways and The Forgotten Ways Handbook; co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus and The Faith of Leap (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford); On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson); and  The Permanent Revolution (with Tim Catchim). His experience includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized, developing training systems for innovative missional leaders, and heading up the mission and revitalization work of his denomination.

Alan is co-founder and adjunct faculty for the M.A. in Missional Church Movements at Wheaton College (Illinois). He is also adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, George Fox Seminary, among others, and he lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States. He is series editor for Baker Books’ Shapevine series, IVP’s Forge line, and a contributing editor of Leadership Journal.

Articles + Resources

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MISSIONAL BASICS (mDNA): Communitas: Jesus is Lord

Very seldom do people see churches as a place of risk and spiritual adventure; we have tended to make them…
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MISSIONAL BASICS (mDNA): Apostolic Environment

Every Jesus movement that ever went into exponential growth and impact had the full-orbed ministry described in Eph.4:1-16. For far…

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FIVE EVANGELISM SHIFTS: Rethinking Evangelism

Many people think of evangelism and discipleship as two separate disciplines. In this session, Alan Hirsch helps us to see…

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Untamed: The Art of Incarnational Mission

Christians are at least beginning to take the missional aspects of Christianity seriously again, but not many know how to…

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On the Verge

This workshop will introduce people to the missional vision, theology, and processes of the Future Travelers embodied in On The…
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The Permanent Revolution

Alan Hirsch proposes a revolutionary missional ecclesiology that is shaped by the New Testament account of apostolic imagination, ministry, and…


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From an Institution to a Movement

In this Exponential 2012 podcast, Alan Hirsch will explore the four areas of theology and practice that hold the keys…
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Future Travelers: Introduction - On The Verge

This session will introduce people to the missional vision, theology, and processes of the Future Travelers embodied in On The Verge,…

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The Missional Significance of Discipleship

In this Exponential 2012 podcast, Alan Hirsch discusses the missional significance of discipleship. This session will explore why focusing on…

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Creating Apostolic Platforms

In this Exponential 2012 podcast, Jeff Vanderstelt and Alan Hirsch explore what it means to create a dynamic basis for…

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On the Verge

In this Exponential 2011 podcast, Dave Ferguson and Alan Hirsch speak on how the church is on the verge of…
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Future Travelers Panel Discussion

Exponential 2011 workshop with Alan Hirsch, Dave Ferguson, Greg Nettle, Matt Carter, Darrin Patrick and Mark Beeson. This workshop probes…