Church is more than a two-hour gathering on a Sunday. Church is not only a crowd gathered around a stage, but a Community sharing life around a table. Bridgetown Communities are the primary way that we practice the way of Jesus, together, in Portland.
Practicing the Way of Jesus: As disciples of Jesus, we make it our aim to be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what Jesus did. Through teaching, practice, community, and the Holy Spirit, we are learning what it means to be a disciple, or apprentice, of Jesus.
Together: As the family of God, we take time each week to eat together, pray together, and share life together. It is in this ordinary rhythm of life in community that we become transformed to look like Jesus.
In Portland: As missionaries to our city, we proclaim the good news of Jesus and do justice in our city. All Bridgetown Communities are neighborhood-based. As we live and work in the city and share life in the same neighborhood, we partner with God to see the Kingdom of God come in Portland as it is in heaven.
Community guides can be found accompanying each teaching.
This fall, we are recommending that Communities embrace the rhythm of meeting in Triads. Triads are groups of 3–4 men or women who meet to practice the Lord’s Supper, Confession, and Spiritual Direction. Below you can find some insight on these disciplines, a suggested schedule for your time in Triads, and a list of helpful questions for practicing Spiritual direction.