Our Vision is to Serve and Empower Those Affected by a Father-Absent Home by Building Relationships Founded on Jesus Christ.
Our Mission is to Guide Future Husbands, Fathers, and Leaders into Spiritual, Relational, and Emotional Wholeness and to Fulfill Their Potential by Providing Mentoring, Quality After-School Programming, and by Supporting His Mother.
We are a mentoring program that changes lives through investing in relationship with young men from father-absent homes.
We do this by:
We pair young men from father-absent homes with godly mentors from our community.
We offer our young men an after-school program where we focus on fulfilling our Forerunner's potential in education, character, and leadership.
Serving the Family
We build relationships to serve the single mother and their family by being a connector to support.
We do all of this while ministering to the heart of all who are affected by the lack of a father-figure presence in their lives.
Our 2018-2019 Vision
Our vision for 2018-2019 is to work towards sustained excellence in the following areas:
- Executive Leadership
- Staff Development
- After-School and Mentoring Excellence with Quantitative Measureables
- Operational and Safety Excellence
- Board of Directors
We Desire to:
Heal the father wound through one-on-one mentoring relationship
Fulfill our Forerunner's potential through quality after-school programs
Support the family by providing community, friendship and connections
Core Values are behavioral traits that are inherent in an organization. These are the heart of everything we do at Forerunner and they do not change. This is who we are.
Relationships Change Lives
We value relationships above all else. We encourage healthy relationships with self, others and Christ, and we go to great lengths to maintain and improve those relationships.
What this looks like:
We are intentional about getting to know each other, the people we serve, our volunteers, and anyone else associated with Forerunner.
We focus on ‘entering into someone else’s world’ by asking questions and taking an interest in what they deem important.
We are respectful and view every conversation and interaction as a way to bless the other person.
We deal with issues and do not run away from healthy conflict.
Culture of Honor
Our work environment and how we carry ourselves honors God with every thought, conversation, meeting, or interaction with each other and with every person we serve.
What this looks like:
We encourage each other and build each other up.
We are aware that body language, approachability and demeanor has an effect on those around you.
We stay positive and look for the good.
We count others as more significant than ourselves through servant leadership.
We value humor and laughter, however, we do not use sarcasm as a way to make others laugh.
We believe the best about all people associated with Forerunner. We give others the benefit of the doubt and pray to see them as Jesus sees them.
We do not assume, but instead we ask questions and communicate to avoid dangerous misconceptions.
We offer grace to others when they fail, not judgement.
Always Be Growing
We walk in humility knowing that we can always become more like Jesus. We value self-reflection and are intentional in looking for ways to improve ourselves in everything we do. We value coaching and accountability as ways to grow and become the best that we can be.
What this looks like:
We take discipleship seriously and believe it is an effective way to become more like Jesus.
We connect with our mentors face-to-face at least once a semester to see how their relationship with their Forerunner is going.
We encourage investing in one’s personal walk with Christ. We believe growth is your responsibility and is vital to ministry. You get filled up in your intimate time with the Lord, and you cannot give away what you don’t possess.
We study books together to help equip us to better serve our community.
We want to focus on all the good the Lord has done so that we remember his faithfulness to us. We believe thankfulness will lead us to joy and the joy of the Lord is our strength.
What this looks like:
We tell stories of life change often.
We start out every session with giving thanks.
We celebrate and focus on all the good things that are going on in our ministry.
Trust the Process
We are called to invest and love. Only the Lord can transform lives. We pray that He does that in His perfect timing.
What this looks like:
We trust in the Lord with the results of our ministry. We are not responsible for their future or their outcome. We can invest and we can love. Only the Lord can transform a heart.
We value prayer, and we pray that the Lord transforms in His timing
We are not here to fix the people that we serve. We focus on the relationship, not the results or their progress.
We stay near the Lord and focus on the positive to avoid becoming discouraged.
We understand that the enemy wants to destroy us, our people, and our ministry. We also understand that he wants us to walk in negativity and to believe the lies he tells us about our people and our work.
We work hard and do what he calls us to do. Everything else we let go and let God control.
We give ourselves grace when things do not go as planned.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up of influential supporters within the Lake Highlands community. The main responsibility of the Board is to protect the vision and to govern our organization well. These people all have unique skill sets and perspectives that are important to consider when forming the foundation of Forerunner.
Board of Directors
Bryant Gullette - Chairman - Senior Associate at Maverick Capital
Mac MacFarlan - Development - Partner, Head of Acquisitions at Macfarlane Capital Partners
Zachary Garza - Founder and Executive Director of Forerunner Mentoring Program
Philosophy of Ministry
We believe the most important thing is that every person affiliated with our program grows to love God with all of their heart. (Mark 12:30-31)
We believe that the influence of a young man’s family is the most important influence in his life. Therefore, it is the utmost of importance that his family and our ministry work together on the same page.
We want to help our people ‘fulfill their God-given potential.’ We focus on the following:
Spiritual growth (Heart and Soul)
Academic growth (Mind)
Growth in leadership (Strength)
Emotional growth (Love Yourself)
Relational growth (Love your Neighbor)
We believe ‘relationships change lives.’ (Mark 12:30-31)
Relationship with God
Relationship with others
We want to help our people ‘experience scripture.’ (John 11:28-36)
Truth alone cannot be fully accepted until it is experienced
We believe no person can fulfill their full potential until they feel safe in environment and in relationship. (Mark 2:13-17; Luke 19:1-10)
We believe in investing into a child as soon as possible. The earlier we invest in a child, the greater the opportunity for success. (Proverbs 22:6)
We believe that our people could have emotional hurts that need to be healed by walking in the light. These hurts affect their ability to fulfill potential and to experience life to the fullest. (John 10:10)
God heals through the light of his Word (Psalm 119:105)
God heals through the light of Jesus exposing darkness by the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 8:12; 12:35)
God heals through the light of his people in trusting relationships (Matt 5:14)
We believe there are 4 different stages through which the young man deals with the lack of relationships with his father.
“I wonder why I don’t have a father around”
“I hate my father, and I’m glad he’s not around”
Late teens/early adulthood
“I want to get rid of this anger in my heart. I want to be obedient to God and trust his way is better”
“I want to learn everything that it takes to be a godly, positive man by submitting and building relationships with father-figures”
Early adulthood and on into adulthood
“I want to learn how to be a son and come to accept the love of a Father who will never leave me.”
We want to ‘remove aloneness’ through developing safe, joyful and intimate relationships. (Genesis 2:18)
Mentor to child, Friend to mother
Staff to child, Staff to mother
Child to child, Mother to mother
We believe in generational curses and generational blessings. (Exodus 34:7)
The Lord can break the cycle of a generational curse and can start a cycle of generational blessing through healing and breakthrough within a relationship with Christ.
What We Believe
That the scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21).
That there is only one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:5-6, Isaiah 46:9-10, John 17:3, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, 1 Timothy 2:5)
That the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; and that the Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit, the Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. (Genesis 1:26, Psalm 45:6-7, Psalm 110:1, Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:17-20, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
That I am, along with all humanity (Christ excluded), by birth and action a sinner. (Genesis 6:5, Psalm 51:5, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:23, 5:8, 5:12-21, 7:18, Ephesians 2:1-3)
That the deserved penalty is death, both physical and spiritual. (Genesis 2:15-17, Genesis 3:19, Romans 5:12, Romans 6:23, James 1:14-15)
That Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human. (Matthew 1:20, Luke 2:52, John 1:1-4, John 1:14, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:1-3)
That Jesus Christ is my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin. (John 1:29, John 10:1-18, Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 1:4, 1 Peter 3:18)
That Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead. (Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-53, John 1:20-21, John 1:25, 1 Corinthians 15:12-34)
That Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return. (John 14:3, Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Hebrews 9:28, 1 John 3:2, Revelation 1:7)
In a future physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:28- 29, Acts 24:15)
That only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled by God and experience true life and joy. (John 3:18, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 3:21-26, 1 Timothy 2:5-6)