Bridges’ most recent Annual Report provides compelling stories, pictures, and numbers that together share the excitement of the Bridges movement.
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BRIDGES ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017
Providing the very best support to leaders seeking to change lives, start new ministries, and facilitate newly Christ-following ministries…outside existing church culture, in our own networks and neighborhoods, all across America.
Let us tell you about some of our Bridge Leaders:
90% of Manny Flores’ community is under the poverty line. As a Bridge Leader in ‘Oikos 4:45 Ministry’ (www.oikos445.org) and community liaison for North Valley Caring Services, he helps meet the needs of 60-70 people each week by providing breakfast, clothing, showering, and other services in North Hills, California. “As we meet people through our programs we’re able to disciple them during a difficult time of their life.” He sees Bridges as an essential part of his work. “Bridges creates an opportunity for us to be a nontraditional church. We’re out here ministering to people at the level of need. As we depend on Bridges, the future of our ministry is very bright.”
Kids don’t like homework. Florence Annang’s ministry, Thrive Learning Lab, grew out of such simple facts. She started this ministry in Northwest Pasadena in order to help kids grow, both academically and spiritually. “If they absorb something through enjoying it,” she says, “it becomes etched in their memory.” She leads an after school program and organizes a five-week summer camp. Kids learn a lot about God’s word. She has seen the lives of the children and their families transformed. She thanks Bridges in part for the result. “Bridges increases my capacity for ministry by providing a coach for fundraising, office assistance, and they’re always just a phone call away for prayer.”
Bridges is a Christian non-profit that empowers local leaders to improve the lives of people in their communities.
Whether our leaders are helping pregnant teenagers, feeding the hungry or assisting the elderly, Bridges helps these leaders accomplish their goals by providing Assessment, Coaching, Training, and Support (ACTS).
With your partnership, Bridges will realize its dream of an America transformed through an ever-increasing number of local Christ-following communities working for the common good of all.
Jim Milley – Chief Catalyst
Statement of the movement
It has been such a privilege and encouragement to serve all our Bridge Leaders. They are networking with people inside their social circles but outside the church, sharing the message of Life along the way.
In the following pages you’ll encounter Bridge Leaders who are serving God in many different networks. There’s Manny, who works with struggling folks in his neighborhood. And Florence, who does after-school programming with kids in her community. You’ll even read about Bruce, who literally saved someone’s life up on California’s Mount Wilson!
What Bruce, Manny, and Florence do represents the work of all our Bridge Leaders. They connect with others in their social network and bring them into contact with the living God through food, water, wellness, diapers, housing, friendship, hope, and comfort.
From local congregations to distant presbyteries and owners of housing properties, there are lots of new opportunities on our horizon. People are asking for Bridges to help train more local leaders who can change lives, make disciples and facilitate newly Christ-following communities.
I hope this annual report will get you even more excited about what God is doing through all of us serving and networking together.
Cat Moore, Bridge Leader: There are a lot of people around us who are looking to connect…we’re going to them.
We are building:
Bridges to people outside existing churches
New, creative ways of “being church”
HOPE for the future of church in the USA
Research Proves that Bridges Works!
Within 1 year of joining Most new Leaders have more friendships with “unchurched” people.
Many Leaders start forming discipleship groups
Within 2 years of joining Most Leaders are discipling people from outside church culture
Bridge Leaders are currently:
- Influencing 4,200 people
- Befriending 886 people
- Meeting regularly with 337 people
Bridges’ Board Members
Our Board carefully reviews financials, visits sites, and oversees the Executive Director to ensure that all the projects and funds are utilized effectively to equip Leaders to transform lives in the many cultures outside the existing church. Bridges actively sees to it that your generous donations are wisely spent to create an ever-increasing number of local Christ-following disciples and communities working for the common good.
Tom King (Chair) – Tom works for Tesla Motors and has been working on solar projects for many years.
Karen Berns – Karen is a retired pastor who joined Bridges to continue her commitment to helping people experience God’s presence and live for God’s mission.
Gaithri Fernando – Gaithri is a distinguished professor of psychology at Cal State LA. She led the development of our Assessment Surveys for measuring Bridge Leader growth and effectiveness over time.
Mike Gibney – Mike has worked as a Business Strategy and Organization Transformation consultant for the past 19 years and is currently serving as the Financial Oversight Member of the Bridges Board.
Greg Jones – Greg is a licensed attorney with 32 years of experience handling probate, civil litigation, family law, trusts & estates and real property. Jones & Ayotte Attorneys at Law in Pasadena, CA.
Jim Milley – Jim is the Founder, Executive Director and Chief Catalyst of Bridges. “We don’t plant churches first. We don’t plant worship services first. We plant ourselves first.”
Eric Newman – Eric served on four continents opening new markets, training management and providing consulting services for international publishing companies.
Beth Teran – Besides her work as a Physical Therapist and mother of three, Beth is a Bridge Leader and hosts a Support Group.
Bridges knows that 3 out of 4 Christian leaders, under the stress of leading change across America, do not finish well. That’s why Bridges goes the extra mile to provide multiple supports for each Bridge Leader. One on one Coaching, frequent Training Events, Annual Assessments, and Monthly Support Groups help each Bridge Leader to maximize their strengths and leverage their skills to help others and transform communities.
Reverend Walter Contreras
A graduate of the Fuller Theological Seminary, Reverend Contreras has been a leader in Southern California’s evangelical Latino community for over 30 years. His impressive contributions include being Vice President of the Western Region of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition among numerous other community services. In his short time with Bridges, he found the time to help accomplish an important goal: a Spanish Language version of Bridges called “Puentes,”which has provided new connections, great and small, for the community outreach we strive to nurture.
Here are a few stories from Puentes’ first year:
Bridge Leader Josiel is helping a young homeless man to get on his feet and find friendship and connection with God.
Bridge Leader Nora is connecting an unemployed guitarist with music teaching opportunities in her faith community.
Bridge Leader Argel is networking with undocumented families in their struggle for rights and residency.
Bridge Leader Jessica is discipling an under-served, over-burdened adolescent girl in her social circle.
Bridges’ Dreams for 2018 and beyond
- Train and Support 62 new Bridge Leaders on all 62 low income properties owned by Humangood. Humangood has made the invitation. The door is open. Cost: $250,000.
- Launch and multiply Spanish Speaking Bridge Leaders and Support Groups. Cost: $30,000 for each group.
- Hire an Advancement Director to help us develop new partnerships with new denominations and congregations. Cost: $50,000.
- Diversify our leadership and staff to network into the ever increasing subgroups within
- Expand our reach on the East Coast with new partnerships and grants from denominations, congregations, and foundations.
Increase our services to our Bridge Leaders with more admin help, better service delivery, and more results.
Other ways to give to Bridges this coming year
Used Cars (drop off at Bob Smith Toyota)
Software for Live Streaming
Marketing Consultation for Bridge Leader
Fund Development Consultation
Business Plan Development
If you can provide these, please use our contact page and let us know.
For every $3,000 we receive above last year’s giving, we can empower another Bridge Leader to impact the lives of those outside existing church culture. To send out another 50 Bridge Leaders, we need to raise $150,000 more this coming year.
Latest Partnership Opportunities
monthly or one-time
fully sponsors a Bridge Leader for two months
scholarship for a Bridge Leader to attend a training conference
1 month of personal coaching for a Bridge Leader
hospitality for a monthly Support Group Meeting
assessments for 1 Bridge Leader
Contributions are solicited with the understanding that the Board of Directors of Bridges has complete control and discretion over the use of all donated funds.
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Bridges shapes and equips leaders to befriend and serve people outside existing church culture
and to catalyze new Christ-following communities which partner with existing churches.
Bridge Leaders Conference – November 5, 2016
70 people attended Bridges’ annual Conference. Keynote Speaker Mark Labberton of Fuller
Seminary brought a powerful message of vision and encouragement. The workshops instructed attendees in everything from “How to Start a Ministry” to “Creating a ‘Messy Church’” and more. This conference reflects Bridges’ understanding of Leaders’ rapidly changing environments and the recognition of the need for training and inspiration for those Leaders.
Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Seminary: [Bridge Leaders] are people with invigorated faith, humble spirit and courageous love. They are living to make Jesus visible to their neighbors.
Beth Teran, Bridge Leader from Sierra Madre: I’m still digesting such meat!! Exactly what I needed. Exactly!!!
Doug Stevens, Pastor: Just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with this conference and grateful for your efforts to focus the church on the necessary but unconventional ways of taking our essential mission seriously.
Lou Federmann, Bridge Leader from Huntington Beach: “I knew discipling needed to be part of my life but I just felt unskilled and unprepared and uncomfortable—not knowing how to go about it. Bridges has helped me figure out how to make discipling a part of my life.”
Bre Goss, Mission Worker: “I love Bridges’ framework, support coaches, training opportunities and the variety of missionaries they are representing that are out there doing our Lord’s work. The harvest field is all around us.”
Other Training Events
Bridges “Training To Go“- June 17, 2017
Bridges supporters spent a day “on the road” visiting four different Bridge Leaders in action. Everyone on this experimental field trip got a first hand look at what Bridge Leaders are doing to connect with, serve, and disciple people in their communities and social networks.
Bridges Training Sessions – August–October 2016
A half dozen people, each from 3 different congregations, committed to 6-week training sessions where they learned what Bridges does, how they can do it too, and why it is so important.
Charles Taylor Kerchner, Research Professor: I learned a lot, especially that my life is too busy to form the kinds of relationships needed to be a disciple of Christ; changes are needed.
We Invest in Bridge Leaders
$250 per month fully supports a Bridge Leader with Assessment, Coaching, Training, and Support
Assessment – Assessments measure meaningful aspects of leadership and help leaders develop holistically in the midst of ever-changing ministry.
Coaching – Our experienced Coaches are gifted in coming alongside Bridge Leaders on a monthly basis to maximize the work they’re already doing with God.
Training – A few times per year we offer focused, practical training events for individuals, small groups and congregations around the 6 Missional Skills.
Support Groups – Monthly cohorts gather to learn together, pray for each other and encourage each other around texts and case studies that are relevant to their ministry work.
Support as Fiscal Sponsor – We provide the administrative and legal infrastructure for Bridge Leaders who want to raise funds, which frees up their time and energy for ministry work.
Kyle Joachim, Bridge Leader: “Fundraising through Bridges has been absolutely critical to realizing God’s vision for my ministry.”
Total Income: $311,984
Total Expenses: $287,296
In Kind Donations are up 176% from 2016: more and more people are supporting us not just with money but with their time, energy and resources.
Together, 27 Bridge Leaders raised $454,608
in addition to the Bridges income shown above.
Mike Gibney, Financial Board Member: “Finances leveled off this year because we focused our energy and resources on adjusting to all the amazing growth we have been seeing. Now, with healthy funding and our updated infrastructure, Bridges is ready to soar!”
Bridges’ Annual Dinner – “A Night in the Light”
April 2, 2017 at Brookside Country Club in Pasadena was a HUGE success! Comedian Ron Pearson hosted the event, which gathered 260 people and raised $30,000 for the Bridges’ mission. 125 people also joined the event via Churchy’s livestream and the attendees loved it: “Such a blast” “Really fun evening” “So many congrats – what a win!”
Bridge Leaders’ Accomplishments 2016-2017
- Rex McDaniel – Opened “Otter Storytime Telling Hour” at a bar in Pasadena. Encourages people to share their stories.
- Cissy Brady-Rodgers – Led a series on mindful eating. Helps women thrive.
- Allison LaBianca – Seeks unconventional spaces for people to connect to God through practicing ‘Holy’ Yoga.
- Rodrigo de la Sotta – Created a number of retreats to help people connect with God.
Bridges’ Accomplishments 2016-2017
- 226 people discipled from outside churches
- 59 discipleship groups / 42 leader training groups
- 12 monthly groups for Bridge Leaders
- Trained 50+ Bridge Leaders at National Conference at Encino Presbyterian Church
- Added 17 new Bridge Leaders
- Social Media Upgrade! We increased our web presence, joined Instagram, updated our web page and even livestreamed an event
Julie Jones, Bridges Coach: It would be great if every congregation had 10 Bridge Leaders.
Evelyn Carpenter: In a season of thankfulness, I want you to know that coaching for Bridges is one of the things I am grateful for in my life!
Bridges has many committed and talented people involved.
Could you or someone you know be the next Bridge Leader to join Bridges? Every person has talents that can help and inspire their community. Some are small, some can literally save a life, and all have the power to change lives by befriending and serving people outside existing church culture.
One outstanding example is Bruce, an 83-year-old grandfather and a Bridge Leader. The local news reported a life-saving event for an injured 27-year-old hiker who fell down a 30-foot slope on a seldom-used hiking trail in the San Gabriel Mountains. Bruce happened to be on this trail because the one he had planned to take was closed. Bruce saw the hiker lying on his back. He had lost one shoe. Bruce made his way down to help. He had been carrying an emergency satellite call device for the last ten years. On this day he pressed it for the first time. The two men waited for help to arrive. Bruce spent the next four hours reassuring and listening to his new friend, Adam. God had brought just the right person to be with this 27 year old. Adam happened to be African American and gay. He seemed disoriented after his fall.
Bruce, at 83, had life experiences that seemed just right for this moment. Bruce just happened to have the experience of pastoring an African-American congregation and marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bruce just happened to have met weekly for a year in a private home with a group of gay men who had faced rejection and insults. Some had been violently attacked. Their negative experience with families and churches contrasted with their positive experience with Jesus. Bruce just happened to have counseled individuals who were disoriented in one way or another. Bruce just happened to be on the mountain that day in the exact spot that Adam fell. Bruce just happened to have his device to call for emergency personnel.
Although the news reporters heralded across the country that an 83-year-old man had saved the life of a 27-year-old hiker, could it be that they had missed the real story? Perhaps God had both Bruce and Adam in exactly the place they needed to be that day.
Could it be that God has prepared you for something that is about to happen even today?
We believe that everyone has something valuable to offer and that God has placed you where you are today, with your unique lifetime experiences for a reason. Our Mission is to provide the very best support to leaders seeking to change lives, start new ministries and facilitate newly Christ-following Communities.
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