What is The Forge

The Forge is a monthly Thinking Matters gathering held in Tauranga (Bethlehem Community Church) which seeks to deepen people’s understanding and awareness of various Christian issues and culturally relevant topics discussed from a biblical worldview.

Every month, we invite a guest speaker to present on a given topic with periodic breaks in their talk to encourage discussion both with the speaker and those around you.  The point of this is to allow you to soak up the information you just heard, process it with your neighbors, and perhaps even challenge others with a different point of view.

A forge is a place where a blacksmith “makes or shapes an object by heating it in a fire or furnace and hammers it to create something strong, enduring and successful”.  This definition is what our vision was built on. Our desire is for these interactive events to be a place where messy and difficult topics can be cleaned up, re-shaped, and smoothed out to help uncover God’s beautiful designs in this crazy world.

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Brett Kunkle

Brett Kunkle is the founder and president of MAVEN TRUTH, a movement to equip the next generation know truth, pursue goodness and create beauty. He has more than 25 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students. He was a youth pastor in Southern California and in the Denver area for 11 years and was the Student Impact Director for Stand to Reason for 14 years.

He is in Tauranga for one day only while on tour as our keynote speaker at our Auckland and Christchurch Unshaken Youth and Young Adults Conference.

An event for teachers, educators, youth leaders and parents:


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Bethlehem Performing Arts Centre, Bethlehem College
$10 Entry Fee (EFTPOS/Credit Card Available)

We don’t want to merely teach our students what to think, but how to think. In an anti-intellectual culture that’s full of distraction, how do we get people to think critically? This talk will give you five key steps to equip students to think for themselves and discover the truth of Christ.

Then, at The Forge Tauranga that evening:

A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World

7:00pm – 9:00pm                      
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Road, Bethlehem
Free – but a koha will be taken to help support our international speaker

Something has changed. We all sense it. The cultural pressure is increasing, especially on our kids. But even in a world of ever-present screens, gender identity questions, and a host of other challenges, kids can have clarity and confidence. But we must help them. In this talk, we will examine today’s cultural challenges and provide a practical guide to equip parents, pastors, youth workers and Christian leaders to help the next generation navigate today’s world. Based on Brett’s book, co-authored with John Stonestreet, which will be available for sale on the night.

WHEN: One Wednesday per Month (typically the third Wednesday – but exceptions happen depending on speaker availability)

TIME: 7 pm – 9 pm

WHEREBethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Road, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3110

COST: Free – but a Koha for the speaker is encouraged

RSVP: None needed – just turn up and bring a friend!


Rowan Locke

EMAIL: rowan.locke@thinkingmatters.org.nz

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