Missional Audio

Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch (born 24 October 1959) is an Australian author and thought leader in the missional church movement.

Alan is the founder of 100Movements, Forge Mission Training Network, and Future Travelers. Known for his imaginative approach to mission, Hirsch is considered among pastors and other Christian church leaders to be a thought-leader and mission strategist in the Western World.


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    Joining with God in His Mission

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    How Church Fulfills God's Mission

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    Revitalizing Church w/Ephesians 4

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    5Q: Reactivating Orig Intelligence

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    Transitioning to Missional Church

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    How to Re-Jesus the Church

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    Rediscovering Holistic Ministry

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Early life

Hirsch was born into a Jewish family in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1959. He moved to Cape Town, in 1963 where he spent most of his childhood and adolescence. Then, he went to university in Cape Town where he studied business and marketing and moved to Australia in 1983 with his family. Although his family was not particularly religious, he was very much influenced by his Jewish heritage. He emphasizes Jesus as the Jewish Messiah and makes distinctions between Hebraic and Hellenistic thought. He served a two-year compulsory call-up in the South African military. After having moved to Australia, he had a life-changing experience with the Holy Spirit that deeply affected him. Soon after moving, he married Debra. They have been married and in Christian ministry together for over twenty years.

Education and ministry

During his first year of seminary at Bible College of Victoria, he led a small group of newly converted Christians from various sub-cultures in inner city Melbourne” He maintained involvement with this group throughout his Seminary education.

After graduating, he and his wife were called to go to South Melbourne Church of Christ in 1989. This church was later renamed “South Melbourne Restoration Community.”  Hirsch spent the next fifteen years leading this community (with wife Debra). Five years after having begun ministry at SMRC, he became the director of the Department of Mission, Education, and Development for the Churches of Christ Victoria and Tasmania Conference. During these years, he and his wife planted two churches on the edges of society for the marginalized and urban poor in Melbourne, Australia. Neither church is in existence today. During this time Hirsch pioneered the missional training system called Forge Mission Training NetworkForge became a strong voice and agency for training younger people in missional thinking in Australia, although is now closed. Hirsch has now moved to North America (where there are active networks in Canada and the United States).

Alan and Debra maintain that the church in North America will be a major determinant for the continued sustenance and future vitality of the church in the West.

Organizational involvement

Hirsch has been directly involved in four organizations in various countries around the world and has spoken at five colleges. He is:

  • The founding director of Forge Mission Training Network International (“Forge”), a missional training center that exists to help “birth and nurture the missional church”. This organization exists to train leaders in the USA, and Canada.
  • The co-founder of Shapevine.com, a ministry of Leadership Journal and Christianity Today that focuses on providing people with missional resources, training, and networking opportunities.
  • The co-founder and director of Future Travelers, a learning system that helps mega-churches become missional.
  • Increasingly involved in 3 Dimensional Ministries, a company that trains churches and leaders how to do discipleship and mission in an increasingly post-Christian world.
  • A past lecturer at Fuller Theological SeminaryGeorge Fox UniversitySoutheastern UniversityWestern SeminaryWheaton College and Tabor College.