Three Types of Bridge Leaders
There are three Phases of the Bridge Leaders journey, and three types of Bridge Leaders that correspond to those three phases:
The three types of Bridge Leaders are:
- Discerning Bridge Leader
- Practicing Bridge Leader
- Community Bridge Leader
Phase 1: A Discerning Bridge Leader says, “I am discerning to whom God is calling me to love and serve. I am just starting. Later I may learn how to join another group, befriend and disciple”
Phase 2: A Participating Bridge Leader says: “I know whom God has called me to love and serve. I am ready to start learning the 12 step Bridging path and the 101 plus skills. I am learning how to join another culture, learn, befriend, and disciple. I am learning how to participate.”
Phase 3: An Influencing Bridge Leader says: “I know whom God has called me to love and serve, I have joined a group of people outside the church culture, and I have made friends and disciples. Now I am seeing God use me to influence a group of people into following Jesus as a group.” See Phase 1 through 3 Bridging Services listed below.
All three types of Bridge Leaders engage in the following types of activities or services:
- Discerning to whom you are called to serve
- Experimenting with engaging different groups of people
- Participating with supportive services from Bridges to help you begin learning the needed skills to discern and experiment.
- Building relationships with people who are from outside of existing churches, joining their community and group.
When a Bridge Leader begins Phase 2, he or she begins the following types of activities or services. These services continue throughout Phase 3 as well.
- Helping them to identify God in their midst and to use their own language to express the good news
- Adding value to the community in empowering and holistic ways.
- Discipling people to connect with God through talking, listening, scripture, and community.
Only Bridge Leaders who have entered into Phase 3 of Bridging ministry begin to engage in the following types of activities or services:
- Gathering disciples into support groups
- Moving toward the 12 characteristics of a Christ-following community,
- Selecting and overseeing volunteers, and
- Providing leadership to the team
- Selecting and training more Bridge Leaders as part of the normal process of discipling