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At Bridges, our heartbeat, our purpose, and our greatest desire is to glorify God. Therefore, we seek His glory in our church, our community, and our world. Internally, we do this through worship and the ministry of His word. Externally, we accomplish this by fulfilling our vision of "Equipping World Changers." It is our desire to raise up, equip, and send God's people into their world as His representatives, bringing Him glory every day through their thoughts, words, and deeds.
At Bridges, we value and rely on the Word of God. Therefore, each Sunday we seek to bring a message that is Biblical, focused on the text of Scripture, and relevant, applicable to our daily lives. Ultimately, we want to preach the word in such a way that God is glorified and those who listen with open hearts are "equipped for every good work." (2 Tim 3:17)
Currently were are going through the book of Romans. Romans has been called "the greatest letter ever written." In this letter the Apostle Paul paints an amazing picture of God's righteousness revealed through the gospel of Jesus Christ. He answers the question how can a holy and righteous God be in relationship with a sinful people. Join us on this journey to discover not only how we can be in relationship with God but how being in relationship with God transforms our lives.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
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YWAM Sending Base
Welcome to Community
Leading the Community Life Team has definitely been a learning adventure. Just like many great adventures, though, when you push through the hard stuff and make it to the other side, you experience even greater joy. As Community Life, it is our job to bring new life to our community. In that, we get to make sure YWAM Salem is clean, but that it is also an environment of welcome. I have been so blessed by my family and my home churches, Bridges and Relevant, that I have really been equipped with the heart for welcome. As a result (and the result of God’s guiding), my team and I have been working hard to create a welcoming environment on our base. One of my biggest hesitancy in coming to YWAM Salem was the lack of community and the hold that individualism had over the base. When I felt God guiding me back here, I really felt him wanting me to enter into the community and bring my spirit and want of community to the group. It has been such an honor (and hard task) to attempt to bring the community back to vulnerability and acceptance that we see in Jesus. Please be praying with me as me and my team continue to explore God’s heart of Community. WE want to teach this next generation of YWAMers what Community looks like in the trinity and how do we, as God’s people, enter into it on an individual and group basis.
Foundations in Counseling Ministry School
Last week we had our first meeting as a staff team in order to prepare for the Counseling School that starts June 29th. It was so exciting to sit down with the 6 of us staff and pray into what the school will look like. As of now we have 24 students that have been accepted and 10 that are on the waiting list. We would like to take the last 10 however, we are going to have to recruit at least 2 more staff to accommodate all the students. Due to the nature of the school, we need a bigger staff team in order for us to give mentorship and one-on-one counseling as much as will be needed to each student. Please be partnering with me in prayer as we seek God for more staff. May God bring strong, Godly men to our team to accommodate all the students that He wants to bring.
While I see the importance of training bases, in long term I would like to be on a ministry base, working one on one with a community to see God’s kingdom come to the world. God had really put on my heart when coming to Salem that I would be here to train and prepare for a time overseas. As I’ve been here on base, God has continued to work in my heart, revealing the importance of this time in training. However, He has also continued to speak to me about going out. Two leaders have joined me in my discerning process. And like any good teacher, they gave me worksheets and handouts and homework on creating a vision statement to guide my processing and prayer time as I dive into what God has for me during this next season. Please pray for God to reveal His direction for my future.
Life Outside The Base
I have found a hodgepodge group of people and their amazing take on who God is and how He wants us to enter into His presence through our art. We meet monthly to talk about our art and how we can bring the gospel to the unique community all of us are a part of.
I have decided to stop my church hoping and settle in to a local church. I really enjoyed being around a group of people that I can relate to and are outside of the YWAM bubble. Please partner with me in praying for a healthy friends group that I can invest in and make strong connection with.