Forward Today: New opportunities to grow in Christ

Dear friends in Christ,

As I’ve traveled across our church, I’ve learned a great deal about the importance of Christian formation. Of course, we are formed by liturgy, by service to others, by scripture, and by daily prayer. But there is also value in courses. Taking a course about some aspect of our faith can fill our mind’s with the knowledge and the love of God in new ways.

I also know that many of our congregations offer limited possibilities for Christian learning. At Forward Movement, we’re committed to formation, and so that’s why we’ve offered lots of books, website, courses, and other resources. But, still, we’ve been wondering how we can meet the needs of today’s church for Christian learning.

Today I am pleased to say that we are acquiring ChurchNext. You may have seen an announcement about this, but the short version is this: ChurchNext has been offering innovative, high-quality affordable online learning for several years now. Chris Yaw, the founder, is quite a remarkable visionary, and I am thankful that he will be part of the Forward Movement team now, carrying on his excellent work with ChurchNext.

ChurchNext offers over 300 courses that individuals can take any time – courses on scripture, faith, theology, spiritual practices, public policy, and other topics. Congregations can also use the courses in group settings, allowing even the smallest congregations to learn from some of the most widely known experts in Christian faith and life.

Do check out the ChurchNext website:

And if you want to check out ChurchNext, we’re offering a free course July 2-14 from our Presiding Bishop, From Palace to Public Square: The Way of Love. It’s free, so give ChurchNext a try. And stay tuned for more updates about new offerings.

Yours faithfully,



Scott Gunn
Executive Director

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