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About Forerunner

Vision.  Mission & Values.  History.  Beliefs.

 

Our Vision is to Help Fatherless Young Men Become Positive and Productive Men Who Have the Opportunity to Be Christ-Centered Husbands, Fathers, and Leaders in their Communities. 

We are a mentoring program that changes lives through investing in a relationship with a young man from a father-absent home.  

We do this by:

 

  • Mentoring

    • We pair a young man from a father-absent home with a Godly mentor from our community.

 

  • Equipping

    • We offer our young men an after-school programs where we focus on fulfilling our Forerunner's potential in education, character, and leadership. 

 

  • Serving the Family

    • We want to build a relationship and 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 2017-2018 Vision


Our vision for 2016-2017 is to work towards sustainability and multiplication through the improvement of our existing programs and to create a new summer program for our Forerunners. 

We will complete this vision by focusing on the following:

  • Improving school relationships
    • Our goal to build relationships through intentional actions with the three schools that we serve
      • Northlake Elementary
      • Skyview Elementary
      • Lake Highlands Junior High 
  • Maintaining healthy finances and measurables:
    • Our goal is to have 50% of our entire budget 2018-19 budget raised before our new fiscal year begins.
    • Our goal is for 80% of our elementary Forerunners to improve in academics and classroom behavior during the 2017-2018 year.
    • Our goal is to diversify our fundraising efforts into 5 key areas.
  • Improve our programs to serve our Forerunners
    • K-2nd Grade Foundations Program Goal: To improve the literacy grade-reading levels in 80% of our students who show up 80% of the time while encouraging and loving them in a Christ-centered environment. 
    • 3-6th Grade Equipping Program Goal: To improve academic grades in 80% of our students who show up 80% of the time while teaching them the basics of Godly character. 
    • 7-8th Grade Development Program Goal: To improve academic grades in 80% of our students who show up 80% of the time while providing the emotional and academic support needed to transition from boyhood to adulthood. 
    • Our goal is to continue to partner with other trustworthy organizations to provide summer activities for our Forerunners to participate in.
    • Our goal is to create 3 years of a monthly Junior High Mentoring Curriculum for our mentors to use. 
  • Improving mentor relations
    • Our goal is to serve our mentors in three areas:
      • Mentor Trainings every month
      • One-on-One connects with a mentor coordinator each quarter
      • Mentor Retreats twice a year
  • Improving family relations
    • Our goal is to serve our mothers in six major areas:
      • Building relationships with consistent communication between our Mothers and our Advocates
      • Building relationships with consistent communication between our Mothers and our Family Coordinator
      • Forerunner Family Dinners each month
      • Forerunner Get-a-way days at least once a quarter
      • Family Enrichment Classes each semester
      • Provide support when needed
  • Improving board relations
    • Our goal is to continue to solidify our Board of Directors by:
      • Meeting each month
      • Having a Board of Directors retreat each year
      • Communicating when needed to guide and direct Forerunner Mentoring
    • Our goal is to continue to solidify our Board of Advisors by:
      • Breaking our BOA into 
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Mission


Our mission is to:

  • Heal the wound of fatherlessness through mentoring.
  • Fulfill our Forerunner's potential through our after-school programs.
  • Serve the family by being a connector to support.

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. We can't help it. We value:

Relationships Change Lives

We value relationships above all else. We have healthy relationships with self, others, and with Christ and we go to great lengths to maintain and improve those relationships.

 

Thankfulness

We want to thank all those who have helped this ministry in any way in an authentic and genuine way. From mothers to donors to volunteers, we want to emphasize that we can’t do this ministry alone. 

Always Be Growing

We walk in humility knowing that we can always be better. 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 use others to help us set goals to help us become the best that we can be. 

 

Emulate Jesus

We take seriously our call to emulate Jesus in all we do. We want to be like him in how we treat people, how we speak, how we think and how we deal with success and failures.

 

Colossians 3:23

We want to work as if we are working for the Lord. We value being faithful with the little things, such as showing up on time, being a good team member, and being fully engaged while at work.

 

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.

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Board of Directors

Rick Howard - Board Chairman - Pastor at Watermark Community Church

Jason Matthews - Vice Chairman - Commercial Banking Executive at Dallas Capital Bank

Bryant Gullette - Treasurer - Senior Associate at Maverick Capital 

Mac MacFarlan - Community Liaison - Partner, Head of Acquisitions at Macfarlane Capital Partners

David Silva - Treasurer - President and Founder, Silva Wealth Partners (Not Pictured)

Zachary Garza - Founder and Executive Director of Forerunner Mentoring Program

Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors is made up of influential supporters within the Lake Highlands community.  The main responsibility of the Board of Advisors is to give advice and support in their area of expertise. These people all have unique skill sets and perspectives that will help grow Forerunner to reach its full potential as an organization.

  • Strategic
    • Bob Guittard
    • Jeff Giddens
  • Financial
    • Lauren Solomon
    • Jason Purser
  • Mentor Training
    • Bill Ballinger
    • Jonathan Hafemann
    • Clint Justice
  • Spiritual
    • John Bower
    • Justus Murimi
    • Kyle Martin
  • Connections
    • Greg Johnson
    • Kyle Belitz
  • Events
    • Sara Garza
  • Measurables
    • Ben Solomon
    • Matt Leffers

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 as 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)