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19 05, 2017

Bruce Calkins


After his retirement as a Pastor, Bruce visited a man in prison. They prayerfully decided to begin an outreach to the gay community. After the prison term was completed, the man invited his friends and contacts to a gathering. [...]

24 03, 2016

How Bridges Emerged


How Bridges Emerged (by Jim Milley, Chief Catalyst) Missionaries Create New Communities of Jesus followers As a new missionary in Ethiopia, I remember meeting an Ethiopian pastor for the first time. He introduced himself as the pastor of a congregation [...]

24 11, 2015

What’s it like to be a bi-vocational Pastor?


This week, we'll ask Pastor Greg Roth... Pastor Greg Roth is training chaplains for a homeless shelter serving the mentally ill. Greg Roth has had a passion and a heart for the homeless for more than three decades. He's now [...]

8 10, 2015

Missionary Skill 5: Gathering and Leading Groups


Missionary Skill 5: GATHERING & LEADING Groups in spiritual practices Bridge Leaders go through a process to learn 6 major skills that missionaries across the world have used for hundreds of years. What might GATHERING & LEADING look like in [...]

10 09, 2015

HELPING – Missionary Skills for America – (4 of 6)


Missionary Skill 4: HELPING people live like Jesus Bridge Leaders help others live life connected with God. Here is a real example of HELPING others to live like Jesus: Bridge Leader Jim asked, "Would you like to focus on your [...]

25 08, 2015

Where’s the sanctuary? Where the people are!


 Where's the sanctuary? Where the people are! Rev. Clark Cowden Increasingly, ministers are recognizing God's action in American neighborhoods and networks, outside of the church walls. Clark Cowden is one of them. He recently said "Yes" to joining God inside [...]

15 07, 2015

12 Characteristics of a Christ-following Community


Bridge Leaders, like foreign missionaries, create Christ-following communities. What are the 12 attributes and goals of those communities? They all: Train to follow Jesus across generations Pray and study scripture Express love to one another in actions Have an identified [...]

13 07, 2015

A central task of the missionary is to create safe & holy space.


Bridge Leaders James & Rebecca Farlow founded "Sanctuary" to create safe and holy space around issues of church and sexuality. About a year ago, Fuller grad, James, and worship leader, Rebecca, discerned the need to come alongside church leaders and congregations nationwide [...]

1 07, 2015

Missionary Skill 2: Learning to Speak their Language


Missionary Skill 2: LEARNING to speak their language Bridge Leaders go through a process to learn 6 major skills that missionaries across the world have used for hundreds of years. Bridge Leader Allison leads groups in the practice of "Holy [...]

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