The humble beginnings and vision behind Bridge Church NYC.
Bridge Church NYC was launched in April 2014, but our story began many years before that in Raleigh, NC. While pastoring a church there, James Roberson knew he wanted to start a church that existed to bridge the gap between the community and the church. A church that would intentionally invest in the lives and journeys of its neighbors, and ultimately reach the hearts of those who are disconnected from God. With that vision in mind, James and his family moved back to his home state of New York to plant a church, which was a dream he’d had since the age of 23.
Through a series of open doors and opportunities, they landed in Brooklyn, where James started a Bible Study. The Bible Study was both doctrinally sound and culturally relevant. It was a space to ask questions about Jesus so that they could be equipped to talk with their friends and neighbors. The Bible Study hosted an event called “Love, Sex & Dating” and 120 people showed up. The Bible Study and the event was shaped by our church’s purpose statement: reaching people where they are and helping them grow.
Purpose & Process
Our purpose is to reach people where they are and help them grow. This is achieved by a 3-step process.
Connect to God.
First and foremost, we want to create a space for people to encounter God and know Him personally. This drives every facet of our Sunday services, which takes place weekly at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. by the Barclays Center. If you have any questions about what it means to connect with God, our church family is here for you.
Grow with family.
All throughout Scripture, we’re reminded that the Christian life is not one to be walked alone. We believe that community is essential to our growth. As a church, we do this through our Growth Groups and we explore what it looks like to apply the Word of God in the context of community.
Serve our city.
Our purpose hinges on the desire to reach others. The relationship we have with God compels us to be about the needs of our neighbors. Whether it be through partnering with organizations in our community or serving our church family through our various ministries, we hope to address the injustices and meet the needs of NYC. Learn more about our serving teams and community partnerships at our next Open House. For more info text OPENHOUSE to 484848, or click on the link below to send us a message.