The congregation is not an audience to be entertained, a group of consumers of religious goods and services, or a club for social events. Rather, the congregation is “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession” (1 Peter 2:9). As a people who receive their unique identity through a faith-relationship with Jesus Christ, we belong exclusively and whole-heartedly to him. Jesus Christ is the head and Chief Shepherd (Senior Pastor) of the church. It is through his active work in and through our work that we grow up and mature in Him (Philippians 2:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16). In the end, we will all have to appear before the Lord to give an account of our lives.
Elders are servant leaders whom the risen and reigning Christ has given as gifts to the church. The authority of the elders is delegated by the Lord and is exercised through the faithful proclamation and application of the Bible in the life of the local church. Elders serve the congregation in a variety of ways including teaching and preaching God’s Word, being faithful examples, defending the faith against error, and generally overseeing the church’s life and mission.
Presently, the Bridge Church has two elders.
The Bridge seeks to identify, develop, and deploy the spiritual gifts of each person for the mutual upbuilding of the whole body. An important part of this work is helping to discern those whom the Lord may be calling into vocational ministry. In order to facilitate this process, we provide internship opportunities for certain people in order for them to gain practical ministry experience. Although it’s not a requirement, those who serve as interns are usually pursuing education through a Bible College or Seminary.
Presently, the Bridge has one intern.
The apostle Paul lists the gift of administration (1 Corinthians 12:28) as an important gift that God has given the church for her strength and growth. The Bridge church is blessed to have Dianne Owen function in this role in a more formal capacity.