How did BridgePoint Community Church come about?
In college, when I was doing ministry with my good friend, Isaac, we talked about what planting a church together would look like. We wondered where we would plant, what kind of church it we would plant, and how we would go about planting. After some vocational ministry experience, Isaac and I both began a two-year church-planting residency at a church in the Woodlands, TX. This two year residency functioned as a training program for church planters, equipping us with the opportunities and information we'd need to move forward with what was, at that point, a clear call to plant a church.
When the residency began to draw to a close, we began looking across the world for where we wanted to plant. Nothing was off the table. Conversations about everywhere from Calgary, Canada to Aberdeen, Scotland were had, but we eventually narrowed our search to only the places that we would visit on "vision trips." These travels served as opportunities for us to see the cities through the lenses of planting a church and to engage with the Lord to seek His direction on our lives. We drove through College Station, all around Houston, and even spent some time in Chicago and New York. After much prayer and fasting, coupled with an understanding of the demographic landscape, we felt the Lord leading us to Cypress, TX. As we moved our families out to Cypress to begin building relationships, we could not have felt more affirmed in our decision.
Once here, we began forming those relationships, and as they grew, so grew the beginnings of BridgePoint.
For the second year in a row, Harris county has added more residents than any county in the United States. At over 6,000,000 residents currently, and with a projected population of over 9,000,000 before 2040, the Houston area will not have any lack of need for the presence and power of the Gospel.
With major contributors to growth, such as the Grand Parkway (Hwy 99) and the new Exxon complex, this corridor of Houston will continue to be one of the fastest growing places in the United States. Individuals and families from many demographics are pouring into this area. And regardless of their backgrounds, we're eager to show them all more of Jesus.
Oftentimes, especially in the "Bible-belt," Christianity and church become just part of the suburban routine. But following Christ is not meant to be an area of one's life; it's a foundation on which all of life is lived out. With all the opportunities that the suburbs offer, it is easy to allow the Christian mission to slide down the list of priorities. We hope to extend the good news of Jesus into this area and beyond and see it transform the lives of many for the glory of God.
What is BridgePoint's mission?
Our mission statement is:
To equip a community of believers to worship God and live on mission for the Gospel.
Our mission statement can be broken into three distinct parts that all culminate in one beautiful mission.
First, "To equip a community of believers" — In Ephesians 4:11-12, Paul tells us that the leadership God has given to churches is meant to "equip the saints for the work of the ministry." This verse guided the forming of our mission statement greatly. We believe that we are called to equip the Christians in our area—"a community of believers"—to live on mission for the Gospel. As those whom we equip fulfill the ministry of making disciples, more and more are brought into the community of believers that can then continue the mission themselves.
Second, "to worship God" — We believe it was important to explicitly include "to worship God" in our mission statement as it is the glory of God that is our ultimate standard of success as a church. We must constantly remember why it is that we live so passionately on mission, lest our efforts terminate on ourselves and not our Creator.
Third, "live on mission for the Gospel" — To live on mission, in its most basic form is when your comfort, your position, and your safety come second to a cause. Mission exists when there is someone or something more important than your happiness, your needs, and your freedom. In this sense, missional efforts are lived out everywhere, all the time. Any people group, religious or otherwise, can live for a mission. Adding, "for the Gospel" to the end of our mission statement will guide our efforts as we purposefully live in light of the climax of God's redemptive story—the Gospel!
What is BridgePoint's vision?
We believe that this mission is the best way to fulfill our vision:
To be a reflection of the nature and character of God and to see lives transformed by the Gospel for God's great glory through our great joy in Jesus.
Like our mission statement, our vision can be broken into three distinct parts that culminate in one beautiful vision.
The first part to this vision is a distinct desire "to be a reflection of the nature and character of God." This focus should serve as a filter for all decisions made by the leadership of BridgePoint. While there are times for a church to be practical, a church should not be pragmatic outside the bounds of what we see in the character of God. This means that integrity and faithfulness will always take precedence over end results. If we are seeking to reflect the nature and character of God, we are not afforded the license to let the ends justify the means. Rather, we are committed, paramountly, to upholding God's nature and character in the process, not just the product.
The second part of our vision is "to see lives transformed by the Gospel." We believe that the Gospel is the power of God to save sinners (Romans 1:16) and that His power through the Gospel transforms from death to life (John 5:24). More specifically, we believe that the only means to real spiritual transformation is "by the Gospel." Because of the substitutionary work of Jesus—living the life we should live and dying the death we should have died—we are adopted into God's family as sons and daughters with lives ever-transforming into the image of Jesus (Philippians 1:6).
The third and last aspect to the vision statement speaks to the reason—the purpose—for our efforts, and that is "for God's great glory through our great joy in Jesus." The Westminster Confession states that "the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." John Piper expounds on the relationship between God's glory and our joy by retooling this confession into, "the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever." It is a subtle, yet profound change. The relationship is not that we glorify God and enjoy Him, but that we glorify God by enjoying Him. Our joy in "great joy in Jesus" is what brings "God's great glory."
As we seek to live out our identity as beings created in the image of God, we hope to show God's nature and character to the world around us, thus displaying the power of the Gospel to all men and introducing them to the One who brings life abundant.
What are BridgePoint's Core Values?
Our core values serve as the framework for our mission and vision. We believe that when properly defined and understood, they represent a balanced Christian life. They are Gospel-centered worship, Gospel-centered community, and Gospel-centered mission.
The truth is, by nature, we are always worshiping. With every action, thought, and affection, we ascribe worth to either the Creator or His creation. Because God claims "Mine" over every moment of time and every inch of space, worship is not something that we can compartmentalize. Worship is pervasive in all we do, so we must constantly remember that God alone is worthy of our worship in both spirit and truth.
Throughout eternity God has existed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God lives in community and dwells in perfect harmony within Himself. We are designed to reflect the image of God. This means, in part, that we are designed for community—relationship with God and with each other. Biblical community is a call to shift from mere attendance into active, loving pursuit of one another for the glory of God and the good of His people.
Just as God, through Jesus, intentionally pursued us, we are to intentionally pursue others. Our call is to be the multiplied presence of Jesus, and to share the Story of God’s redemptive plan. The fuel behind the fire of our mission should be an overflow of enjoyment in God, which spills over to the lives of others. To Jesus, the mission of multiplication is essential. The Great Commission purposefully directs us to grow as we extend the Gospel of life to an otherwise dead world.
These core values are the driving force of everything we do in our ministry. They work hand-in-hand with one another to point everything back to the Gospel. They each inform and strengthen the others:
- Worship drives mission. To quote John Piper again, "mission exists because worship does not." In other words, the reason that we live so passionately on mission is to create worship—to introduce people to the One to whom all worship is due.
- Mission builds community. As that mission is pursued, as we serve together and risk together, our community is made stronger and more authentic. Sharing in a common mission allows for a bond to form unlike any other.
- Community enhances worship. Worship is best experienced in a community because it takes a community to fully know God. No one can experience and understand all of the attributes and nuances of God's wonderful character alone. As we worship Him together, we have so much more of Him revealed to us than if we worshiped in isolation.
What is BridgePoint's ministry model?
We operate with a "gather-scatter" model.
We come together to share in celebrating the good news of Jesus and worshiping God for what He has done. We see this pattern of communal worship emerge almost immediately after the resurrection of Jesus, as the new Christians gathered together to remember and celebrate the amazing truth of Jesus' defeat over death. Today, we still follow this practice, not "forsaking the assembly" (Hebrews 10:25). Find out more about our Gatherings here.
As we gather together, so also we scatter out into our contexts. We do this through the lifeblood of our church, our Missional Communities. These families of missionaries are committed to making disciples in whatever context they find themselves in. Find out more about our Missional Communities here.