Missional Communities are a place to make friends and make a difference with Jesus at the center. They are small to mid-sized ongoing groups that meet in homes, parks and coffee shops and seek to live out their faith by loving one another, studying Scripture, and serving.
Start a group in four easy steps:
- Click HERE to connect with Bridgeway staff.
- Invite a few friends to meet weekly at a specific time.
- Pick a home, park, backyard or virtual platform that works for you.
- Choose one of our group studies or sermon series with easy-to-use leader resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
How have Missional Communities been affected by COVID-19?
The last 15 months of the pandemic made meeting and starting new groups challenging. Our existing groups are now meeting via zoom or outdoors and trying to get reacquainted. As we look to the Fall we are working hard to train new leaders and will launch new groups on August 30th. We do have a few open groups that are meeting in person this summer. Click the link above and Melissa will do her best to get you more information.
What happens at a Missional Community meeting?
Our Missional Communities are very diverse, and that is by design! Some groups are large with lots of kids, while others are smaller gatherings of adults only. Some groups are always open to new members, while others are closed. Some groups are potlucks with a short devotional time, while others look more like a traditional in-home Bible study. All of our groups are seeking to grow in their relationships with God and one another while making a difference in the world, but this looks different in different groups.
How is a Missional Community different from a small group bible study or class?
While our groups regularly study the bible they also do much more. We ask that all of our groups regularly seek to make a difference in their neighborhoods, schools, and work environments by serving those who don't yet know Christ. Since groups are ongoing, and many stay together for years, we also seek to regularly eat, play, and pray regularly together.
How do I get connected to a Missional Community at Bridgeway?
You can click the link above to connect with a staff who will help find a group that works for you. Depending on the season there may be a few or several groups for you to try. If there isn't one that fits we're happy to help you get one started.
If I already have a group of friends can I use the Bridgeway discussion materials?
Yes, we encourage networks of friends to become Missional Communities and use any and all materials we create. The existing foundation from established relationships facilitates spiritual growth and deeper partnership in mission. Being a recognized group helps the Discipleship Department staff be available to support you and keep you in the loop on resources available to group members. We also provide yearly retreats and quarterly leadership training for your own spiritual growth. If you’re interested in starting a group email Heather
What is the process for becoming a Missional Community Leader?
We offer a four-week class several times per year called Exploring Missional Leadership that is taught by our Missional Community Coordinator, Heather Johnson. After the class, Heather will connect with you individually to determine next steps. You can check the Events Page to see if a class session is coming up, or you can email Heather to find out when the class will be offered next.