Bridge Communities are where we learn and practice the lifestyle rhythms of a family on mission. We gather each week in homes to share a meal, celebrate what God is doing, pray for one another, and ask the Lord how we can partner with Him in the work He’s doing in our community.
WE’RE ALL BUSY.
Between work, school, sports activities, family, church, and more there is a never-ending list of things to do. We can be so connected and active, and yet still lack depth in our relationships. A Bridge Community isn’t another thing you add to your life. It’s a place to find community that brings depth and richness to every aspect of your life.
Bridge Communities are mid-sized groups of usually 15-30 people who seek to live out their faith together in relationship with God (Up), each other (In), and the world around them (Out). Each Bridge Community works to embrace a specific missional purpose – a particular way they are joining God in bringing His Kingdom to their neighborhood, relational network, or cause.
Bridge Communities seek to cultivate a feeling of extended family. They are small enough that everyone knows everyone else, but they are large enough to do something substantial together. Bridge Communities are families on mission, a place where you can serve God while building lasting friendships.
Why Bridge Communities?
Human creation began with God who made Adam and Eve and blessed them to be fruitful and multiply, to reproduce the image of God’s family everywhere they spread (Genesis 1:26-28). This is God’s design. Before we were called to be Christians, we were created to be human beings. Before we were called to be the Church, God gave us the key vehicle that would help us function and flourish as humans—family. That’s why, no matter how dysfunctional families become, we keep trying to figure it out.
The family of God will gather in different sizes with different purposes. Bridge Communities are designed to help us rediscover the extended spiritual family — learning to live the life of Jesus together. These families may encompass singles, families, old, young, diverse ethnicities, races… you get the picture. Anyone who has been alive more than a few hours knows it’s hard. For this reason God gave us extended family because together we are better.
Bridge Communities are meant to help us learn how to BE the Church rather than GO TO or DO Church. They help us to stop doing mission FOR God and to start doing mission WITH God! Jesus came in part to show us the WAY of BEING the church in everyday life!
What are the purposes Bridge Communities seek to fulfill?
Bridge Communities are a major way we do community & discipleship. There are four purposes to Bridge Communities — CONNECT, GROW, SERVE & CARE. While a group may initially focus mainly on one or two of these purposes, we move toward engaging each purpose in order to grow as balanced individuals and as a healthy group.
Creating opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with Christ, with one another and with the Mission Hills faith community.
Cultivating maturity as devoted followers of Christ and growing through sermon based Bible studies.
Mobilizing our faith and talents to address needs both within and outside our church family.
Supporting and encouraging one another in the seasons and struggles of life.
Is childcare provided?
The idea of Bridge Communities is family comming together. We encourage you to bring your kids to your Bridge Community. Each group is a little different so it may be worthy a conversation with the leader of the group you are considering.
Where do Bridge Communities meet?
Bridge Communites meet in homes locationed throughout our surrounding area. You can find a Bridge Community near you on our Bridge Communities site.
How often do Bridge Commnities meet?
Bridge Groups meet on different days and times throughout the week. All of our groups meet weekly.
Our Bridge Communities site has details on the day, time, and how often each group meets.