North Central District C&MA
OVERVIEW We aspire to be a committed community of believers who are humbly growing together to be witnesses (Acts 1:8) in our community. We do this by studying God’s Word and praying for and serving each other, the Church and those who don’t know Jesus yet. In this way, we hope to equip all in our local church body to understand and use their God-given gifts (2 Tim 3:16-17, 1 Cor 12:21-30) in fulfilling the Great Commission through their Christian walk. We desire that this would manifest God’s love in our community, nation and world and would draw others into the Body. WORSHIP SERVICES Our worship teams are careful to inspire thoughtful, reflective worship and not to be the center of attention and distract from the Object of our worship. Our church worship space (sanctuary) has rows of chairs in the front and large tables in the back. This set up is meaningful and practical. It facilitates our intergenerational approach and opens opportunities to talk to others with whom one may not normally connect. The tables make it easier for families with small children and provide a flat surface for note taking. We are in the process of redecorating to encourage people to reflect on our Christian beliefs. EQUIPPING The Bridge focuses on the Word so that we do our part to “thoroughly [equip] for every good work.” To that end, we have a regular Sunday morning Bible study and periodically have home-based small groups. Attendance/interest in these varies. We think we need to get more of our regular attenders involved in regular Bible study (something like 20% of regular worshipers also attend at least one Bible study). This would better equip us to live lives that evangelize. We are concerned that many of our regular attenders aren’t consistently “ready to give an answer.” OUTREACH Until recently, the Bridge offered a single parent study periodically. This was designed to offer Biblical help in the challenges of single parenting and to build relationships between church attenders and the single parents. Before each study, the church provided dinner so that both church attenders and single parents could get to know each other a little better. While the parents were in the study, we provided a children’s program (VBS-like, usually CEF material). While we still hope that these parents would choose to worship with us, our primary expectation is that God would lead these parents to Himself. Other outreach efforts have included providing car maintenance and repairs for single moms, doing yard work, helping people move to a new house sharing garden produce with the church and surrounding businesses, the women’s shelter and music store. We hope this makes us more winsome and opens the doors toward relationships through which we can help lead people to Christ. Sometimes, evangelical churches in Watertown cooperate in outreach and try to keep each other informed about needs and events of interest to Christians in the community. GROWTH We welcome numerical growth, but not at the expense of spiritual growth. As we grow in size, we also want to be careful that we don’t become impersonal. We were seeing slow growth until COVID and our previous pastor’s departure to the mission field. CHURCH STAFF We don’t have an administrative assistant, but we are open to hiring staff/interns as God leads and provides. We involve the leadership team and other members in some of the tasks of caring for the church facilities and other business. PRAYER In addition to prayer time during the worship service, we support each other in prayer throughout the week. One of our members prepares two pages of local, national, and international prayer requests weekly and sends them to the majority of the Bridgers. Many of our regular (and some not-so-regular) attenders will contact her during the week with urgent prayer concerns that she forwards. We have weekly prayer meetings attended by about 8 people. There is room for more emphasis on prayer. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PASTOR WHO IS ABLE TO... - Preach and teach the Word of God expositorily in a way that all levels of spiritual maturity can understand. - Collaboratively, with other church elders and leadership team, further develop the Bridge’s vision and direction - Help clarify our strengths and weaknesses and reasonable areas on which to focus - Provide pastoral care to include pastoral counseling and visitation - Exhort us toward being well-equipped for effective outreach and evangelism - Help us get more folks involved in regular Bible study. - Help us enhance rich multi-generational fellowship, particularly with families with small children.
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