Everything we do as Bridge Builders is geared towards transforming church culture – those ways of thinking and acting that are part of the fabric of church life, and often go unexamined.
Churches do not “do conflict” very well
Peace-making and reconciliation are key ideas in the teaching of Jesus, but in Christian communities they are often a weak element of the culture. So when there is disagreement and tension amongst Christians in the church, they can find themselves struggling.
Bridge Builders Wants to See local churches that have a Biblically-grounded culture of peace-making, reaching out to offer life to the world.
Church leaders who model this way of living and foster healthy relationships in the Body of Christ. It’s also great to find people looking on curiously at the church and saying, “So that’s what reconciliation looks like in practice.”
Bridge Builders believes that God is saving and recreating the fallen world and its inhabitants through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and through the continuing work of the Holy Spirit.
God has called the Church to be a people with a distinctive way of life expressing the love of God in concrete terms the Church is called to be an authentic sign of the kingdom of God by expressing the reconciling, community-creating love of God.
Practical peace-making and blessing of one’s enemies are core elements of the Christian gospel. These beliefs have found particular expression in the Mennonite tradition of the church, and Mennonite roots have shaped Bridge Builders’ ministry from the outset.