The Forge is the leadership development ministry of Pine Cove serving men and women between the ages of 21 and 27. The Forge enables eager influencers to experience the sufficient life in Christ, and develops leaders who embody a faith worth following. Join us in our journey as we live, work, and travel together.
“There is a continuing need to train young people to become quality leaders in the Christian community. The Forge program with its small number of select students and its intensive program is well suited to meet this need. I highly recommend it.”
Author, The Pursuit of Holiness
Incredible opportunity for travel await students of the Forge. Traveling flings the students into formative decision-making opportunities and memorable experiences. As the students encounter the unexpected in unknown places, they gain new perspective and chances to learn lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom. Forge students embark on many of these experiences each year. The culmination of all of our travel: a ten-day study tour of Israel.
“Austin matured in many ways in his year with the Forge, most importantly in his walk with Christ. I attribute much of what Austin has become (even years later) to the lessons he received at the Forge, and whole-heartedly recommend the program.”
David Teitelbaum, D.O.
Parent of a Forge Student
The classroom environment is an essential part of any education. Unlike collegiate courses, however, Forge classes are aimed at developing the God-given design within each student rather than simply downloading information vital to passing an exam. Forge teachers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and levels of expertise. The classroom environment is as experiential and challenging as possible. Many of our students say the learning they had in the Forge was more stimulating and effective than any of their four years in college.
Forge students live in a close community of men and women from all over the country. The wide range of personalities and perspectives becomes our program’s primary means of character development. Without the opportunity to run from conflict, Forge students learn new dimensions of love, respect, and service as they share living space, meals, spending money, trips, and classes together. Community requires closeness and selflessness with one another and with other leaders, leading to an environment that is almost always personal, challenging, and real. Within the community are innumerable opportunities to practice a life of serving rather than being served.
“After one semester, my mom declared that God was saving my life through the Forge. It’s true; I can’t imagine where I would be headed without the guidance and direction offered through the various facets of the Forge.”
Jared Schuler, Director of the Forge, has been on staff at Pine Cove since 2012. Maddie Ritchie serves as the Forge Women’s Director, and Dexter Carter completes our leadership team as the Men’s Director. Jared, Maddie, and Dexter are committed to teaching, mentoring, and discipling the next generation of Christian leaders.