In Acts 2:42-47, we see a picture of church as the earliest Christians experienced it. They worshiped, learned, prayed, ate, and lived life together in a variety of contexts ranging from the temple courts (large gathering) to their homes (small gatherings). Here at The Bridge, we gather weekly as an entire body and in smaller settings for more contextualized teaching and community. The ministries at The Bridge exist to cultivate the spiritual growth that happens in each of these settings.
Our identity as followers of Christ is rooted not in what we do, but in what we believe. The New Testament commands church leadership to protect the church from false teaching and to declare “the whole counsel of God.” Our teaching team is tasked with leading this effort at The Bridge. This team, comprised of our primary communicators, is responsible for overseeing the content and direction for teaching at The Bridge. This includes planning Sunday morning messages and providing support and accountability for midweek services, small groups, and equipping classes.
Everybody worships something. Tragically, all people sin and exchange their worship of the one true God for the worship of created things (Romans 1), leaving them empty and unfulfilled. The worship ministry at The Bridge exists to help people discover the surpassing greatness of Jesus Christ. Gifted men and women reflect the beauty of a creative God using music as a resource to help us integrate what we understand with our minds and love with our hearts. Our worship ministry serves the needs of the body by providing leadership, resources, and training in a variety of ministry contexts.
The importance of groups cannot be understated. They provide the primary avenue for pastoral care, accountability, community, and transformation for members at The Bridge. In our rapidly changing world where people are less likely to “wander in” to a worship service, groups are becoming increasingly vital as we seek to take the Gospel to every part of our city.
At various times throughout the year, we host Group Connect on Sunday mornings. This provides an opportunity for those interested in joining groups to meet group leaders and get connected.
Our Groups Leadership Team provides support and oversight for all groups at The Bridge beginning with middle school. It also works alongside the Teaching Team to provide ongoing, short-term equipping classes on a variety of topics (men, women, marriage, parenting, etc.).
For more information on Groups at The Bridge, email Elizabeth Turpin.
The two universities in Lincoln Parish provide our church with an incredible opportunity to impact the world with the Gospel. The Bridge is deeply committed to reaching college students and investing in their lives during these formative years. College students form an integral part of virtually every ministry at The Bridge.
College Life, our midweek worship service for students, meets Wednesday nights at 8pm at our Downtown Campus. Additionally, our students connect with others through groups, special events, and trips.
For more information on college ministry, email Martha O'Neal.
In Deuteronomy 6, we learn that God’s great agenda for His people is that they would love Him completely, and that the primary arena in which our love for Him grows should be the home. At the same time, most parents feel inadequate to lead their children spiritually. Family Ministry at The Bridge exists to equip and encourage parents as they seek to faithfully disciple their children.
Unfortunately, many children do not have parents who lead them spiritually. Therefore, we seek to honor Christ’s words in Matthew 12:48-50 by providing a spiritual home for those who need one.
On Sunday mornings during both services, children from birth through 5th grade are led in age-appropriate discipleship by faithful volunteers.
Kids on Mission is our Wednesday night discipleship program for children ages four through 5th grade. Curriculum focuses on God’s plan to redeem people from every nation on earth.
For more information about our children's ministry, email Megan Hunt.
On Wednesday nights at 5:45pm, our 6th-8th graders gather for worship, teaching, and small groups at our North Campus.
For more information on our middle school ministry, email Lee Sullivan.
High school students gather at our Downtown Campus on Wednesdays at 6pm for worship, teaching, and small groups.
For more information on our high school ministry, email Jake Sizelove.
Because the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) is given to all Christians, we desire to see every person at The Bridge participating in God’s global purpose. We partner with local, domestic, and global strategic organizations and church planters with an emphasis on taking the Gospel to unreached people groups. Our missions team helps to connect members and groups to opportunities at home and around the globe.
For more information, email Elizabeth Turpin.
THE BRIDGE INSTITUTE
Ruston is a sending community. Because of the impact of Louisiana Tech and Grambling in our area, the potential “footprint” of The Bridge is much larger than a church in a typical small town. We believe God has uniquely positioned us to train, equip, and launch leaders. In an effort to deepen our investment in these future leaders, we have developed a year-long residency program called The Bridge Institute. Participants receive hands on ministry training and theological education.
Our Administrative Team helps us to effectively steward the resources God has entrusted to us, whether people, facilities, time, or finances. Our Finance Team, comprised of lay and staff leaders, works alongside our Administrative Team and elder board to provide financial accountability, protection, and oversight.