[cmsmasters_row data_padding_bottom=”300″ data_padding_top=”280″ data_color_overlay=”rgba(69,69,69,0.31)” data_bg_size=”cover” data_bg_attachment=”fixed” data_bg_repeat=”no-repeat” data_bg_position=”center center” data_bg_img=”1150|https://bridgeportage.dreamhosters.com/beta/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/1116219_10151570126069142_403370950_o2.jpg|full” data_color=”default” data_bot_style=”default” data_top_style=”default” data_width=”boxed”][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/4″][/cmsmasters_column][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/2″][cmsmasters_heading type=”h1″ font_family=”Montserrat:400,700″ font_size=”52″ line_height=”62″ font_weight=”700″ font_style=”normal” text_align=”center” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ animation_delay=”0″]Who We Are[/cmsmasters_heading][cmsmasters_heading type=”h3″ font_family=”Crimson+Text:400,400italic,700,700italic” font_size=”24″ font_weight=”400″ font_style=”italic” text_align=”center” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”5″ animation_delay=”0″]Foundations of Our Faith[/cmsmasters_heading][/cmsmasters_column][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/4″][/cmsmasters_column][/cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_row data_padding_bottom=”60″ data_padding_top=”90″ data_bg_color=”#ffffff” data_color=”default” data_bot_style=”default” data_top_style=”default” data_width=”boxed”][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsmasters_heading type=”h1″ font_size=”40″ font_weight=”bold” font_style=”normal” text_align=”center” color=”#424555″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”15″ animation_delay=”0″]BE ONE | MAKE ONE[/cmsmasters_heading][cmsmasters_heading type=”h3″ font_family=”Crimson+Text:400,400italic,700,700italic” font_size=”24″ font_weight=”400″ font_style=”italic” text_align=”center” color=”#424555″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”5″ animation_delay=”0″]Our Mission as Disciples of Jesus[/cmsmasters_heading] [cmsmasters_divider width=”long” height=”1″ style=”solid” position=”center” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”25″ margin_bottom=”25″ animation_delay=”0″] [cmsmasters_text animation_delay=”0″]

Jesus was clear about what He expected from His followers. 

First?  “Love me.”  Second?  “Love everyone else.” 

At The Bridge, we obsess over this clear directive that Jesus gave His disciples then AND His disciples now.
“Be One | Make One” (or #BOMO, if you’re hip like that) is short & sweet, but it packs a huge punch.
We allow this phrase to guide every single ministry effort here, which means if it doesn’t help you live as a
stronger disciple of Jesus, or serve and love people in your community and across the globe, or equip you
to walk alongside someone else in their discipleship journey, then it’s not a priority.  End of story.
Be one. Make one. Then do it again.
[/cmsmasters_text][/cmsmasters_column][/cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_row data_width=”fullwidth” data_padding_left=”0″ data_padding_right=”0″ data_no_margin=”true” data_top_style=”default” data_bot_style=”default” data_color=”default” data_padding_top=”0″ data_padding_bottom=”0″][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/2″][cmsmasters_featured_block text_width=”100″ text_position=”center” text_align=”left” fb_bg_color=”#333333″ bg_img=”612|https://bridgeportage.dreamhosters.com/beta/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/JLK-ColonialAcres-2018-2-1-1-300×200.jpg|medium” bg_position=”top center” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_attachment=”scroll” bg_size=”cover” top_padding=”265″ bottom_padding=”270″ animation_delay=”0″] [/cmsmasters_featured_block][/cmsmasters_column][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/2″][cmsmasters_featured_block text_width=”100″ text_position=”center” text_padding=”10% 20% 10% 20%” text_align=”left” fb_bg_color=”#8bb802″ top_padding=”40″ bottom_padding=”58″ animation_delay=”0″]

[cmsmasters_heading type=”h3″ font_family=”Montserrat:400,700″ font_size=”36″ line_height=”32″ font_weight=”700″ font_style=”normal” text_align=”left” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ animation_delay=”0″]Discipleship Essentials[/cmsmasters_heading][cmsmasters_heading type=”h3″ font_family=”crimson text:400,700″ font_size=”22″ line_height=”32″ font_weight=”400″ font_style=”italic” text_align=”left” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ animation_delay=”0″]Staying Focused on Priorities[/cmsmasters_heading]

[cmsmasters_heading type=”h5″ font_family=”Source Sans Pro:400″ font_size=”16″ line_height=”26″ font_weight=”400″ font_style=”normal” text_align=”left” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ animation_delay=”0″]We created our Seven Essentials as a sort of discipleship cheat sheet.  There are a million things we could focus on in ministry, so how do we know where to allocate our energy and resources?  These seven priorities are the foundation for discipleship at The Bridge – the solid starting point required to build a life of serving Jesus and others.[/cmsmasters_heading] [/cmsmasters_featured_block][/cmsmasters_column][/cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_row data_padding_bottom=”50″ data_padding_top=”50″ data_bg_color=”#ffffff” data_color=”default” data_bot_style=”default” data_top_style=”default” data_width=”boxed”][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsmasters_heading type=”h1″ font_weight=”normal” font_style=”normal” text_align=”center” margin_top=”20″ margin_bottom=”20″ animation_delay=”0″]Seven Essentials[/cmsmasters_heading][cmsmasters_text animation_delay=”0″]

Community of Worship
Living life together in a community focused on relationship with God as demonstrated by Jesus.

Stewardship
Aligning our time, talents, and resources with God’s heart as demonstrated by Jesus.

Prayer
Learning to listen and follow God’s Spirit as demonstrated by Jesus

Word and Spirit
Learning God’s word and following the Holy Spirit as demonstrated by Jesus.

Mission
Serving our family, community, and world with our God-given gifts as demonstrated by Jesus.

Multiplication
Teach and make disciples as demonstrated by Jesus.

Shabbat Shalom
(Hebrew for “rest” and “peace”) – Create times of rest and peace in our lives to maintain balance in the discipleship journey as demonstrated by Jesus.

[/cmsmasters_text][/cmsmasters_column][/cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_row data_width=”fullwidth” data_padding_left=”0″ data_padding_right=”0″ data_no_margin=”true” data_top_style=”default” data_bot_style=”default” data_color=”default” data_padding_top=”0″ data_padding_bottom=”0″][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/2″][cmsmasters_featured_block text_width=”100″ text_position=”center” text_padding=”10% 20% 10% 20%” text_align=”left” fb_bg_color=”#424555″ top_padding=”30″ bottom_padding=”60″ animation_delay=”0″]

[cmsmasters_heading type=”h3″ font_family=”Montserrat:400,700″ font_size=”36″ line_height=”32″ font_weight=”700″ font_style=”normal” text_align=”left” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ animation_delay=”0″]Values[/cmsmasters_heading][cmsmasters_heading type=”h3″ font_family=”crimson text:400,700″ font_size=”22″ line_height=”32″ font_weight=”400″ font_style=”italic” text_align=”left” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ animation_delay=”0″]Our Community Manifesto[/cmsmasters_heading]

[cmsmasters_heading type=”h5″ font_family=”Source Sans Pro:400″ font_size=”16″ line_height=”26″ font_weight=”400″ font_style=”normal” text_align=”left” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ animation_delay=”0″]At The Bridge, we obsess over the idea of being and making disciples of Jesus.  Our Seven Essentials provide clear points of reference that remind us where our priorities and focus should be.  We also developed our Community Manifesto – a more detailed description of who we are as a church.  The Manifesto reminds us not only who we strive to be, but how we can remain focused on our Be One | Make One mission.  [/cmsmasters_heading] [/cmsmasters_featured_block][/cmsmasters_column][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/2″][cmsmasters_featured_block text_width=”100″ text_position=”center” text_align=”left” fb_bg_color=”#333333″ bg_img=”650|https://bridgeportage.dreamhosters.com/beta/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/P1010235-2-300×200.jpg|medium” bg_position=”top center” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_attachment=”scroll” bg_size=”cover” top_padding=”265″ bottom_padding=”256″ animation_delay=”0″] [/cmsmasters_featured_block][/cmsmasters_column][/cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_row data_width=”boxed” data_padding_left=”3″ data_padding_right=”3″ data_top_style=”default” data_bot_style=”default” data_color=”default” data_bg_position=”top center” data_bg_repeat=”no-repeat” data_bg_attachment=”scroll” data_bg_size=”cover” data_bg_parallax_ratio=”0.5″ data_padding_top=”0″ data_padding_bottom=”50″][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsmasters_heading type=”h1″ font_weight=”normal” font_style=”normal” text_align=”center” margin_top=”50″ margin_bottom=”20″ animation_delay=”0″]We Are…[/cmsmasters_heading][cmsmasters_text animation_delay=”0″]

  1. Under the authority of Scripture.
  2. Recipients of God’s love, mercy and grace.
  3. A community of love, driven by God’s Spirit, seeking to love people as God does.
  4. Open to everyone, wanting to meet people right where they are, though we are clear about none of us staying where we are in our journey with God.
  5. Convinced that Jesus is our source of unity, not just our goodwill toward each other.
  6. Part of a greater body of followers of Jesus in our immediate community and world.
  7. More than Sunday morning, a common ideology or political affiliation confined to one culture.
  8. Pursuing a new Kingdom of heaven coming to earth that will overcome the broken parts of humanity that keep us from experiencing this Kingdom being brought by God.
  9. Humbly aware that the problems of the world begin with ourselves and our choices.
  10. Invited to participate in the creative and loving ways of Jesus as the solution to the problems of the world.
  11. Transforming and allowing change to be a part of our posture as we follow the movement of God.
  12. Seeking to know Jesus, the liberating reality in his death and the power of His resurrection.
  13. Worshipping a God who is bigger than each of us and deserves to receive all glory and honor.
  14. Hoping to follow the Holy Spirit in all our endeavors rather than the latest trends or business practices, recognizing that these things will not always be counter to one another, but one must clearly lead the other in priority.
  15. Not shopkeepers that keep our customers happy, but servants that desire to respond to the dynamic movement of God and teach others how to follow as well.
  16. Not about self-preservation, but see the local church as a temporary vehicle of the eternal Kingdom of God.
  17. Not defined by our building (7200), but by our people.
  18. Global-centric disciples/followers who continue the mission of Jesus on earth in every corner of the world to which we’re called.
  19. Measured by our love as we see people transformed and make decisions to follow God’s story.
  20. Baptized as a sign of identifying with His ways.
  21. Committed to being a positive influence in the greater community.
[/cmsmasters_text][/cmsmasters_column][/cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_row data_width=”fullwidth” data_padding_left=”0″ data_padding_right=”0″ data_no_margin=”true” data_top_style=”default” data_bot_style=”default” data_color=”default” data_padding_top=”0″ data_padding_bottom=”0″][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/2″][cmsmasters_featured_block text_width=”100″ text_position=”center” text_align=”left” bg_img=”1152|https://bridgeportage.dreamhosters.com/beta/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/P1000019.jpg|full” bg_position=”top center” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_attachment=”scroll” bg_size=”cover” top_padding=”265″ bottom_padding=”257″ animation_delay=”0″] [/cmsmasters_featured_block][/cmsmasters_column][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/2″][cmsmasters_featured_block text_width=”100″ text_position=”center” text_padding=”10% 20% 10% 20%” text_align=”left” fb_bg_color=”#828382″ top_padding=”30″ bottom_padding=”9″ animation_delay=”0″]

[cmsmasters_heading type=”h3″ font_family=”Montserrat:400,700″ font_size=”36″ line_height=”32″ font_weight=”700″ font_style=”normal” text_align=”left” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ animation_delay=”0″]Beliefs[/cmsmasters_heading][cmsmasters_heading type=”h3″ font_family=”crimson text:400,700″ font_size=”22″ line_height=”32″ font_weight=”400″ font_style=”italic” text_align=”left” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ animation_delay=”0″]Rooted in Tradition, Guided By the Spirit[/cmsmasters_heading]

[cmsmasters_heading type=”h5″ font_family=”Source Sans Pro:400″ font_size=”16″ line_height=”26″ font_weight=”400″ font_style=”normal” text_align=”left” color=”#ffffff” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ animation_delay=”0″]As part of the Reformed Church in America, we celebrate the rich history of our denomination by embracing and upholding traditions handed down to us through centuries of believers.  As passionate believers in the power of the Holy Spirit, we engage in worship in a way that invites Him to lead us in ways that we couldn’t plan on our own.  We believe in teaching the unfiltered truth of the Bible in a way that allows us to be challenged with the Gospel truth, while experiencing and embracing abundant grace.[/cmsmasters_heading] [/cmsmasters_featured_block][/cmsmasters_column][/cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_row data_width=”boxed” data_padding_left=”3″ data_padding_right=”3″ data_top_style=”default” data_bot_style=”default” data_color=”default” data_bg_position=”top center” data_bg_repeat=”no-repeat” data_bg_attachment=”scroll” data_bg_size=”cover” data_bg_parallax_ratio=”0.5″ data_padding_top=”0″ data_padding_bottom=”50″][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsmasters_heading type=”h1″ font_weight=”normal” font_style=”normal” text_align=”center” margin_top=”50″ margin_bottom=”20″ animation_delay=”0″]Our Statement of Beliefs[/cmsmasters_heading][cmsmasters_text animation_delay=”0″]

1. The Word of God. We believe that the Bible contains the words of God and is without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

2. The Trinity. We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

3. God the Father. We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus the Messiah.

4. Jesus the Messiah. We believe that Jesus is the Messiah (Chosen/Anointed One of God), God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

5. The Holy Spirit. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus the Messiah. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are as active and real in the Church today as they were in the early Church.

6. Regeneration. We believe that all people sin – by nature and by choice – and as a result are separated from a personal relationship with their Father/Creator. We believe that those who trust that Jesus has taken on their penalty for sins (past, present and future) and have decided to follow Him as the only LORD/Leader of their lives are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are eternally reconciled to their Father/Creator.

7. The Last Things. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus to the earth and the complete establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of our bodies, the final judgment and the eternal shalom of the righteous.

8. The Church. We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Jesus is the head and all regenerated persons represent Jesus’ body on earth. We believe in the community and mission of the Church, consisting of followers of Jesus the Messiah who are baptized into Him, work together as conduits of His heavenly kingdom being brought to earth, and who worship God corporately, whether in caves or cathedrals, with a few or with many. We believe that God has laid upon disciples the primary task of being messengers of the good news of Jesus the Messiah to a broken world.

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Reformed Church in America is a fellowship of congregations called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world.

Our shared task is to equip congregations for ministry—a thousand churches in a million ways doing one thing—following Christ in mission, in a lost and broken world so loved by God.

VISION

Imagine…

Laity and pastors unleashed, hungry for ministry; congregations mission-minded and inviting, authentic and healing, growing and multiplying, alert to the opportunities around them.

Imagine…

Classes and synods as communities of nurture and vision—accountable, responsible, sustained by prayer, alive to the Spirit.

Imagine…

A denomination, locally oriented, globally connected, that prays in many languages and beholds the face of Christ in every face; a denomination renewed and renewing, raising up leaders, always directing its resources toward the front lines of ministry.

Imagine…

Hurts being healed, the lost being found, the hungry being fed, peace healing brokenness, hope replacing despair, lives transformed by the love of Jesus Christ.

Imagine…

The Reformed Church in America, engaging the world.

 

LIVING OUT THE VISION

This vision will be lived out…

  • By congregations focused for ministry—creative, confident, healing, and radically attentive to the world outside its doors.
  • By consistories selected more for ministry than management, attuned to the Spirit, eager and equipped to serve.
  • By ministers of Word and sacrament open to dream, prepared to lead, willing to risk.
  • By classes that are empowering and proactive, living in communion, each accountable to all, and all to Christ.
  • By synods and staff that funnel resources to the local church, and keep us connected to the larger church.
  • By all the people of the RCA, a network of relationships, a fellowship that celebrates its gifts and confesses its failures, and where the ministries of all are valued and cherished.

To live out this vision by consistories, classes, synods and staff, our decision-making will be transformed by a pervasive climate of worship, discernment, and biblical reflection. We will no longer do business as usual, nor our usual business.

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