The Bridge Project (Wilsonville / Tualatin Oregon)
Planting a new church...being a part of a new work is seriously crazy! Praise the Lord for Joshua 1:9: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua had assumed the lead of the Israelite people after the death of Moses and I am confident there were moments of questioning, concern, fear and loneliness. Then God speaks into his life with what might be the greatest pep talk ever recorded...and Joshua finds the supernatural motivation to rally the people and get moving in just a few days. What had taken place over the last 40 years was now going to be finished in three remarkable days. The news spread like wildfire through the Israelite camp...and the servants of God were ready to follow Joshua across the Jordan River into the new land where God’s great love, mercy and grace would establish itself for generations to come.
Growing up in Lake Grove, Oregon for over 18 years and now residing in Canby, Oregon for the last 13 years...I have come to appreciate the land that I live in. Having moved to Southern California to do my undergraduate work at Hope International University, then East Tennessee to fulfill my Master of Divinity work in Church Growth at Emmanuel School of Religion, then to Arizona and be on staff at one of our most innovative mega-churches at Central Christian Church with stops back in California and Oregon...I believe my “40 Years” of “wandering” has uniquely prepared me to cross the Willamette River and establish a new work in the Tualatin/Wilsonville area. This land too is a special place where God’s great love, mercy and grace will be established for generations to come.
Under the astute leadership of Sean Thome’, Director of NWCEA, and NWCEA itself as the lead planting organization, there is a strong movement of servants of God who are ready to follow Him and establish The Bridge Church. In coordination with various other churches, organizations and families the vision has been for percolating for The Bridge Church. The Bridge will be a unique new work that lives out the Good News of Jesus Christ within its community and structures within its DNA to be Kingdom expansion driven as we design a state-of-the-art Church Planting Training Center.
The Bridge Church intends to focus on bridging the gap between this current life and life with our God by directing one another to Jesus Christ through His life changing love! Simple...but daunting at times. Thus Joshua 1:9 has become a verse of inspiration, power and truth! Be strong and courageous...do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Over the next few months you will learn more about the journey of this new and unique work in the Willamette Valley. Would you like to be an active participant? Call or email me...I would be honored to share with you what God has in store for Oregon!
Bob & Stephanie Johnson
Church Planters - The Bridge Church (Tualatin/Wilsonville)