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Men's ZOOM Bible Study

Saturday mornings 8am – 9am
Starting Saturday, October 10th

Join us for a 6 week study of the Minor Prophets!


Women's ZOOM Bible Study

Tuesday evenings 7pm – 8pm
Starting Tuesday, October 13th

Join us for a 6 week study of the book of Philippians! We will be following Jennie Allen’s study, Get Out of Your Head (no books required).



Saturday, October 3rd
10am – 2pm

Join us for a discussion on cultivating kingdom relationships hosted by our friends at Nomad Church Collective.

We will learn about opportunities to build relationships, spread the name of Jesus, and live like the Church right here in our neighborhood.

The morning classroom discussion will be followed by a box lunch, then we will walk the neighborhood together to start connecting with those around us.



Our annual Trunk or Treat is coming up on Sunday, October 18th from 5pm – 7pm!

Put the date on your calendar and invite everyone you know!

-We’ll be following any precautions recommended by local and state governments at the time of the event.-

Student Ministry Pastor Blake Belles

Name: Blake Belles

About me: I’m 35 years old. I grew up here in Floyd County. I went to UofL and spent some time in the Army. I currently work full time in management as a cable contractor, I am a personal trainer, and I’m on staff here as the Student Ministry Pastor.

About my family: I have been married to my dream girl, Niki, for 12 years and we have 3 children, ages 8 (Penelope), 5 (Sebastian), and 1 (Mackade). The only pet we have is a skiddish leopard gecko named Leo.

Fun facts

Favorite ice cream flavor: I’ll take two scoops of whatever you got!

Favorite dream vacation destination: Probably somewhere tropical in one of those individual huts on the ocean… Tahiti, Fiji, Bora Bora etc…

Favorite board/card game: I don’t have a favorite. I prefer games I can beat Niki at. (Which is limited)

Favorite movie/TV show: The best movie ever made is Last of the Mohicans, but my personal favorite is Tears of the Sun. (disclaimer: both of these have bad guys doing bad things and soldiers doing soldier things)

Favorite Bible verse: I don’t know about my favorite but this is my “go to“ text because it has salvation, grace, and purpose in 3 verses…

Ephesians 2:8-10, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, not of your own doing but the gift of God. Not by works so that no one may boast. For we are God‘s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He prepared in advance for us to do.“

How long have you attended Forward? Me and Niki were here at the start.

How long have you been on staff? I have been on staff since 2013.

In what ways do you serve at Forward? I am the Youth Pastor, I lead the First Impressions team, work closely with the Security Team Leader, I lead the All-In volunteer rally on Sunday mornings and preach once a month during the main service.

Tell us about a time that was especially meaningful for you in your time of ministry at Forward.

There are many students, baptisms, and commitments for Christ so it is hard to pick one. One thing that really fuels my soul is when a former or current student tells me about a Bible study they are a part of, when they post something spiritual, or when they serve in ministry. I can only thank Jesus for that. Shut up. I’m not crying. You‘re crying! Also, when I see a student or any member of the church getting out of their comfort zone to serve Jesus in any capacity, inside or outside the church, I am encouraged.


1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”

We’re encouraging and challenging everyone to take the step to get connected in serving on a team with us at Forward! We have many opportunities to serve:

  • forKids (Nursery, Toddlers/Twos, The Clubhouse/Pre-K, God City/K-1st, The Dig/2nd-5th)
  • Propel Middle (meets Sunday mornings) and Propel High (meets Wednesday evenings)
  • Greeters and Ushers
  • Starting Point Guides
  • Security Team
  • Tech Team
  • Outreach Team
  • Prayer Team
  • Parking Team

For any area you may be interested in or want more information on, click the “Serve With Us!” button below and we’ll get you started!

Also, if you’re interested in helping out with events as we have them, you can click the “Event Volunteer Opportunities” button below to find ways to serve!

Serve With Us!Event Volunteer Opportunities

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We're Here For You

If you need any kind of help, especially with grocery shopping, please contact Brittany and one of our Elders or Staff will make sure you get what you need!

If you or someone you know needs prayer, please reach out to Brittany, your Homegroup leader or any staff or elder.

Contact Forward

Week of September 13, 2020

  • Weekly Need- $7,480
  • Last Weeks Giving- $8,407
  • Year to Date Need- $276,760
  • Year to Date Giving- $250,035
  • Yearly Budget- $388,960
  • Shortfall- $26,725
Why We Give How to Give

Chest Of Joash

The Chest of Joash provides an opportunity to give above and beyond the normal tithe. The money from it goes directly to work needed done on our building.

In 2 Chronicles 24 we find Joash repairing the temple and a chest was set outside of it for people to bring a tithe that was used to pay the workers restoring the temple. Verse 10 says, “And all the princes and all the people rejoiced and brought their tax and dropped it into the chest until they had finished.”

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who have joyfully donated just as the Israelite officials and people did!

With money that has been raised in the Chest of Joash over the past 3 years ($50,089 since January 2017!), we have been able to

  • Build a ramp off of our sidewalk for those with a handicap
  • Dedicate parking spots in our parking lot with Handicap and First Time Visitor signs
  • Seal our roof to repair several leaks
  • Paint the exterior of the building along with the barn wood design and Forward Church signage
  • Build classrooms in our back hallway for Bible studies and other classes to take place
  • Pave and stripe our parking lot
  • Currently working on expanding our worship space to provide room for more people (this was always the plan for this area but especially necessary now under COVID-19 response guidelines)

You can give to the Chest of Joash by clicking the button below and selecting “Chest of Joash” in the drop down menu.

Chest of Joash Giving