TRANSFORMING THE CITY BY MAKING DISCIPLES
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Transforming the city by making disciples.
We believe that God calls the Church to be a change agent in any community that it is placed in. The message of The Gospel is that Christ saves sinners. In light of that, we steward a message that radically changes lives. We will therefore preach, teach and train people to live out its implications in their neighborhoods.
When we think City, we think lots of people from all walks of life- ethnically, culturally, and financially diverse. Jesus was notorious for having a variety of networks made up for all types of people. To that end, we not only want to be in the City, but we want to look like the City- ethnically, culturally, and financially diverse.
For three of His years on earth, Jesus' primary focus was twelve men. He would teach, live with, and serve with these men in order for them to do what He had done. In fact, He said the work they did would be greater than His own (John 14:12). As a church, we cannot miss this mark.
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We will be going through a residency program through Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where the training is targeted to the New York Metro area. Our time will be spent learning how to plant a church in this metro area. During this time, we will be working on building a community: making friends in our neighborhood, gathering together, sharing the gospel, and building a core team of people who want to be a part of The Bridge Church.
We are praying for a move of the Holy Spirit to reach New York. We want to partner with networks and a variety of denominations to plant 7 churches in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and Westchester by 2020.
Our seven firmly held beliefs.
We pray big and we play big. The scriptures are filled with imagery that if God is on your side, there isn't anything that you can't handle. We should therefore ask God for tremendous requests, and live expectantly, believing He will show up.
We'll take the salad. Our hopes are not to try to melt every group into one culture, like a melting pot. Rather, we want each group and individual to express their unique flavor like the components of a salad.
It's ok to not be ok. But it's not ok to stay that way. We are all in process, changing every day. We understand that people are struggling with a whole host of sins. We think that's OK. Yet, we believe it's never OK to be at peace with any sin.
Pass the baton, someone is waiting for you. Like a relay race, someone is waiting for you to pass on the Gospel message and the wisdom to live the Christian life. Each believer is called to make disciples- to train other believers.
Division means two visions. God has given this church a unique vision. We have prayed and fasted to hear God speak to how He has shaped the gifts, insights and experiences of everyone.
You evolve as you're involved. Our hope is that each believer would get involved through Sunday Gatherings, City Groups, and by involving families and friends into the life of the church.
It's a playbook, not a script. Far too often churches use the Bible to know more of the book, but don't teach people to live for God. The Bible is a playbook. We will do everything we can to study, memorize, preach, and teach the Word of God.
Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is now the most populous county in New York State and the second, most densely populated county in the United States, after Manhattan County. It is also the western most county on Long Island. Today, if it were an independent city, Brooklyn would rank as the fourth most populous city in the U.S., behind only the other boroughs of New York City combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Check out how much diversity abounds in Brooklyn. Over on the right you can take a look at the demographic statistics according to the 2010 Census.
The Gospel changes the world, and the world lives in Brooklyn.
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For a church plant to come to life, we need help from many people.
You can partner with us in three different ways.
Our vision is clear: we want to see movement of the Holy Spirit to see churches planted in the NYC metro area. Our desire is that you pray to that end. Get connected by clicking the link below.
You may be interested also in joining us as you look to partner with God to see the church planted in Brooklyn. If you are interested please contact us. We will notify you on our upcoming events.