A bridge is a structure that connects two things together. In a literal sense, bridges often span a body of water, a valley, a swamp, or other roads. In a spiritual sense a bridge is something that spans the chasm between a follower of Jesus and the rest of the world. Freshwater is committed to being a bridge that stretches out deep into the community reaching the broken and hurting with the love of Christ.
Many churches in the metro area and surrounding communities that once flourished and were full of vibrant people have slowly withered and now sit empty most of the time. Some have closed and have been repurposed as beauty shops, car dealerships, and homes. Why? How could something so vibrant and relevant just shrivel up, go on life support, or even close? If Jesus Christ is the light of the world how come so many churches are going dark? Could the answer be that the church quit building bridges that help connect people to God? At Freshwater, we are in the bridge building business and we have laid out a clear and compelling five year vision that will take an incredible amount of faith to accomplish.
Our vision includes eight clear and compelling goals.
1. Lower the divorce rate by 5% in five years.
2. Lower personal debt by 50% in five years.
3. Positively impact and assist over 300 people struggling with substance abuse and mental health challenges.
4. See 1,000 people make the decision to follow Christ in the next five years.
5. See 80% of Freshwater people connected with others in a group.
6. Plant five new churches in five years.
7. Celebrate with over 2,000 people at all of our worship services in five years.
8. Build and move into a new facility within five years that meets our needs and leverages our existing facilities.
Right now you and I are standing on the edge of a cliff looking across an ever widening chasm between the church and the world. Sadly, six out of ten adults see the church as irrelevant. They don’t see any benefit to the church and many have no idea what it even exists for. It breaks my heart when the hope that Jesus offers isn’t bridged to others. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s not too late to take action. This is why we are committed to raising the spiritual climate of our community by building bridges that connect people to God.
This is how you can become a bridge builder:
- Pray. We believe we can pray powerful, faith-filled prayers because we have a powerful God who can move mountains. Pray that God brings the vision to fruition. Join us at Freshwater the next five weeks as we talk about powerful prayers.
- Become a marriage mentor. Help lower divorce rate by 5% in 5 years. We currently have six couples that have been trained to mentor struggling couples. If you have a healthy marriage and want further training so that you can help others, let us know (email pastor john: firstname.lastname@example.org). On the other hand, if your marriage is on the rocks, don’t be too proud to reach out for help. We are there for you! Let us know.
- Reduce your debt. We want to lower personal debt by 50% in five years. If you are currently in debt, make a plan to reduce it. We want to set the example so others will have one to follow. Reducing your debt load will increase your joy exponentially.
- Share your faith. We want to see 1,000 people come to faith in Christ over the next five years. Invite people to attend Freshwater with you. Bring a friend and introduce them to others at church. We also encourage personal witnessing, that is, tell others about Jesus. Most people come to faith in Christ because a friend talked to them about Jesus. Be that friend.
- Launch a group. We want to see 80% of Freshwater people connected to a group. We encourage a free market approach to groups. If you feel led to start a group with some of your friends to help strengthen marriages, let us know and we will help you. If you want to start a group to help people lower their debt, we want to help you (email our groups pastor: email@example.com).
- Be generous. We want to worship with 2,000 people at all of our worship services. One way we worship the Lord is through generosity. God gives us the opportunity to join Him in His work through the local church. One of the ways believers can tangibly support disciple making is to practice biblical tithing. Biblical tithing is giving ten percent of your income back to God. If you currently give nothing, start by giving something. If you give less than 10% give just 1% more a month until you reach a full tithe. God will bless you for it (Malachi 3:10).