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BridgeWay’s Core Values

We are a people focused on hosting the Presence of God. Living from God’s Presence is our highest value.

Our Core Values

BridgeWay is a covenant family that ministers God’s Presence and Kingdom L.I.F.E. to our people, our city, region, and ministering His Kingdom to the world around us.

Why Core Values

Our values should be an internal reality that provides a healthy atmosphere that governs our beliefs and behaviors. Our values, consequently, dictate the culture that we create around us. They are guiding principles that we choose to uphold. In other words, it is the foundational root system on which our lifestyles are built and continually grow. Much like a tree draws nutrients from its root system to thrive, the leaders and members of BridgeWay draw upon our core values to reproduce the culture of the Kingdom. 

The Scriptures highlight many truths that become values as we live in the Kingdom of God. We have picked 12 that best embody the culture and spiritual DNA that God has led us to embrace here at BridgeWay.

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Our Twelve Core Cultural Values

Focused on His Presence

Focused on His Presence(His Presence Releases Life)

Identity Statement: We are a people focused on hosting the presence of God. Living from God’s Presence our highest value.

This value looks like:

Hosting His Presence (God’s Presence Transforms)

  • Scriptures: Exodus 33:14-16; 40:34-38; Acts 17:28; Isaiah 60:1-3; Mark 1:10; 2 Cor.3:16-18.
  • God has made us a dwelling place for His Spirit. We are called to host His presence personally, corporately, and in the world around us. His people are meant to burn with fire.
  • Revival occurs when God’s manifest presence so encounters God’s people that it transforms their lives and launches them into the world with the message of Christ.
  • We live in constant awareness of The Dove in mind.

Passionate Pursuit; Following His Voice (Hunger Attracts Heaven)

  • Scriptures: Exo 33:14-16, 40:34-38; Psa 22:3; Isa 60:1-3; 2 Co 3:17-18, Lk 7:36-50, 40:56.
  • We are on a continual quest for more of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We will not relent until our lives reflect full Christlikeness and His glory fills the earth.
  • I am fully surrendered to His Lordship and will follow His voice in all the seasons of life.

Presence-Driven Ministry (Presence Precedes Program)

  • Scriptures: Exo 33:14-16; Psa 16:11; Psalm 102:28; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; Isa 60:1-3
  • Core belief: God’s Presence heals, creates identity, and releases life.
  • We value creating space for people to discover and be touched by God’s Presence.
  • We value Presence-saturated Spirit-led worship (John 4:23-24), Spirit-laden preaching (John 6:63), and Spirit-inspired prayer (Ro 8:26) that shifts reality.

Divine Encounter (Encounters with God Define and Transform Us)

  • Scriptures: Exo 3&4; Jos 5:13-15; Luke 5:8; Isa 6:1-10; 2 Cor. 3:17-18, Rev 1:17.
  • God encounters lead to a revelation of truth, establish our identity, and focus our future.
  • Theology and principled teaching alone lead to dead religion, but a personal encounter with the living God imparts presence, grace, passion, and influence.
  • We create time and space for encounters and do not rush people out of them as we aim for a culture where supernatural encounters are expected and normative. 

Celebrating God’s Love and Goodness (The Goodness of God Grounds Us)

  • Scriptures: Exo 34:5-7; Ps 34:5-8; Jer 29:11; Mk 10:18; Acts 10:38; Ro 8:28-32; Jas 1:17-18
  • Focusing on His goodness disempowers an already defeated devil. (Heb 2:14).
  • God’s nature is love; a full revelation of that love leads us into maturity (Eph 3:17-19).
  • God is loving and good towards us always. His pruning reveals who we are in relationship to Him so that we can trust Him in our trials and circumstances (Jn 15:1-2; Heb 12:5-13).

Humility and Fear of the Lord (Godly Character Leads to Longevity)

  • Scriptures: Proverbs 1:7, Isaiah 11:2; Psalm 15, 24; Romans 12:3-4; 1 Peter 2:9-10
  • When we fear the Lord, we are seeking to always follow His voice and the Father’s heart.
  • We posture ourselves in awe and reverence of God, respecting the fact that walking in holiness and obedience is important to the Lord.
  • Humility means I am fully dependent on God and give all glory to Him. I am always teachable and submitted to the authority God places around me.
    Jesus and His Kingdom

    Jesus and His Kingdom (Our God Reigns)

    Identity Statement: We are a people abiding in Jesus and brokering His Kingdom.

    The gospel of the Kingdom of God was Jesus’ central message (Mt 4:23). The Kingdom of God on earth is inaugurated and embodied in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we make Jesus and His Kingdom the center or all we preach and do. This value looks like:

    Abiding in Christ; Living Like Christ (Jesus is Our Model)

    • Scriptures: Phil. 2:5; 1 Co 11:1; 2 Co 3:18; Rom 8:29; Eph 4:13; 1 Jn 3:2; Phil 3:10-14.
    • We are called to Christlikeness and are being conformed to His image.
    • Jesus is perfect in theology, perfect in practice, and absolute Lord.
    • On the cross, Jesus paid for everything we need to live a life of godliness (2 Pe 1:3-9).
    • Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing, and so do we.

    The Power and Authority of God (Nothing is Impossible for God)

    • Scriptures: Luke 1:35; Acts 4:33, 6:8; Romans 15:19; 1 Cor. 1:17-18, 2:4
    • God is all powerful and rules over all, so nothing is impossible. His power is given to us by His Spirit. This belief leads us to faith, bold risk-taking, unreasonable courage, hope-filled optimism, and the expectation of a supernatural inbreaking of God into everyday situations.
    • All authority in Heaven and on earth was conferred to Jesus by the Father after His resurrection. We are to live in such intimacy with Jesus that we fully walk in His authority.

    A Kingdom Gospel in Word and Deed (A Gospel without Works is Dead Religion)

    • Scriptures: Mt 28:18-20; Lk 4:17-18, 10:1-2; Isa 52:7; Zec 14:9. 
    • The gospel of the Kingdom was Jesus’ central message. Therefore, we equip people to both proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God by sharing about Jesus and doing His works.
    • Kingdom works are centered in the Father’s love. They include, among others, His love, mercy, forgiveness, salvation, empowering grace, healing, deliverance, prophetic encouragement, identity in Christ, and ministry to the poor and broken-hearted.

    Kingdom Generosity (The Nature of God is Sacrificial Giving)

    • Scriptures: 2 Cor. 9:5; Acts 10:2; Luke 6:38; Malachi 3:10-11
    • I give as Jesus did: sacrificially, intentionally, willingly, and cheerfully. 
    • I freely give my time, energy, and money in generous proportion. One can’t outgive God.
    • Giving releases Heaven’s resources and breaks a spirit of poverty and fear. 
    • Jesus said, give, and it shall be given to you. Tithing opens the storehouses of heaven.

    Focusing on God at Work (Testifying of Life Releases Life)

    • Scriptures: John 14:30; Mt 12:28; Acts 10:38, 13:52; Gal 1:4; Ro 15:13; 2 Co 4:16-18.
    • Testimony releases faith, empowers boldness, and attracts repeat God-visitations.
    • We get what we focus on. If we focus on a victorious Christ, we disempower an already defeated devil. If we focus on what the devil is doing, we empower his work.
    • We focus on the good that God is doing in the world and live with contagious hope and joy. 
    • Jesus has already won; we pray and minister from the power of His victory over darkness.

    Kingdom Unity and Partnerships (The Kingdom is Bigger than Us)

    • Scriptures: Psa 133; John 17; Eph 4:1-5; Acts 2:1-4; Phil. 1:2-5
    • The Kingdom is broader than the local church or work of individual believers/ministries. We celebrate and honor the entire breadth of God’s kingdom work on the earth.
    • God is looking for His body to unite in tangible collaboration rather than dividing over doctrinal, style, or political differences.
    • Unity commands a blessing from God and is one of the ways the world knows we are His.
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    Loving Like Christ (Love Wins the Day)

    Identity Statement: We are a people who love and honor others in every context.

    Love wins the day. The love of God leads people to repentance, covers a multitude of sins, heals the broken soul, and shifts hostile atmospheres. “By this will all men know that we are His disciples by our love for one another” (John 13:25). This value looks like:

    Belonging, Believing, Becoming (Belonging in Godly Family Leads to Life)

    • Scriptures: John 13:34-35; 1 Co. 13:1-8a; 1 John 4:7-11, 17-19.
    • Expressed love and affirmation creates secure love-bonded attachments. If these attachments are with mature God-fearing people, this leads to godly character formation. Immature fear-based attachments create maturity gaps in the life of a believer.
    • Some people need to belong before they believe. Rather than judge people outside the church, we love, serve, and speak life to them, hoping that they will soon embrace the truth of Father’s love. God calls us to love ALL people.

    Relational Honor (Honor is the Relational Currency of Heaven)

    • Scriptures: 1 Sam. 2:30; Jn 5:19-23;Rom 12:10; 1 Ti 5:17-19; 1 Co 12:18-28; Mt 10:40-41.
    • Honor affirms value and attracts inheritance. Honor respects the gifts and calling of people regardless of their current actions. It sees the best, gives preference, values, trusts, and calls forth life. Honor heals crushed souls and awakens the spirit to God’s voice. Honor gives permission to rise into one’s full potential and be great. Honor is demonstrated through consistent respect in word and action toward those we lead, follow, love, and disagree. 
    • Though all are equally loved by God, we are not equally empowered by God or the community due to our character, God-given position, or other factors. The body of Christ is most effective when we embrace this truth while maintaining mutual honor for one another. 
    • Confrontation and accountability are essential in a culture of honor. We will always address offense, concerns, and relational brokenness immediately.

    Loving Unconditionally (We Love Without Expectation of Return)

    • Scriptures: Rom 5:8; Eph 3:17-19; Phil 1:1-4; 1 Jn. 3:16; 4:8-10; Tit 3:4-5; 1 Co 13:4-7.
    • We seek the wellbeing of other above our own needs. We even love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Lk 6:27).
    • Unconditional love does not depend on someone’s actions. It is a love that depends on God alone. God loves unconditionally. Therefore, love is a life lived unconditionally toward others.
    • When your heart is persuaded in the unconditional love of the Father, you are able to have hope and faith in all things and move forward as a radical follower of Christ.
    • Perfect love casts out fear, covers a multitude of sins, and calls forth the best in people.
    • His love governs how we interact with all people. Love is the reason Christ came.
    • The Father’s love keeps us from focusing on sin or hiding in shame if we fail.

    Forgiveness is Non-Negotiable (Jesus Forgave All, So Must We)

    • Scriptures: Mt 6:14; Jn 20:23; 2 Co 2:7-10; Eph. 4:32; Col 3:13; Gal 6:1-5.
    • Forgiving others spares us from the consequences of living out of an unforgiving heart.
    • Jesus forgave all who asked Him for it. When we forgive on earth, we unlock heaven for ourselves and those we forgive.
    • All people should have the opportunity to rebuild trust when true forgiveness occurs.

    Love is Upward, Inward and Outward (We Love God, Ourselves, and Others)

    • Scriptures: Jn 3:17; 13:34-35; 19:39-40; Ro 2:4; Mk 2:13-17; Dt. 6:5; Lev. 19:11; Mk 12:31.
    • When we do not love ourselves, we are cursing what God has beautifully and wonderfully made. God clearly says if you love Me, you will love others (1 Jn 4:11).
    • Love is giving, not simply receiving. Love must be expressed in tangible ways.
      L - Leaning into Family

      Leaning into Family (Healthy Family is Heaven’s Destiny Incubator)

      Identity Statement: We are a people of maturing disciples in the family.

      A healthy family is Heaven’s destiny incubator. Family provides the foundation for godly character formation, identity discovery, and the confidence to pursue a life of purpose and significance. This value looks like: 

      Healthy Spiritual Family (Family is the Wineskin of the Kingdom and Revival)

      • Scriptures: Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Cor. 4:17; 12:12; Acts 2:42-48.
      • The Kingdom is a family business. God explicitly created us to live in community. People are most alive when planted in a healthy family of believers.
      • Every family member is responsible to initiate connection and be willing to relationally attach.
      • When covenantally loved in a secure love-bonded attachment, we live as we truly are.

      Destiny Incubation (Healthy Family Provides Safety, Nurture, & Identity Discovery)

      • Scriptures: Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Co 12:25-26; 12:12-28.
      • A family is a safe place to become, where shame is absent, and nothing is hidden.
      • A healthy family is nurturing, caring for one another’s needs (Gal 6:10, Ro 12:5)
      • Family is developmental, equipping each other in God’s word and holy living.
      • We seek to equip all the saints for the works to which they are called. (Eph. 4:11-16)

      Spiritual Parenting (Those Older in the Journey Help Those Newer in the Journey)

      • Scriptures: 1 Cor. 4:17; 2 Ti. 2:2; Titus 2:1-8.
      • We value spiritual moms and dads passing on life to spiritual sons and daughters. This requires a posturing of heart for those learning and a relational commitment for those fathering.
      • We believe that our ceiling as parents is their floor. We pass the torch with an increase.

      Emotional and Relational Maturity (Connecting, Life-Giving, Responsible)

      • Scriptures: Colossians 3:12-23.
      • Relationally mature people are predominantly givers, not takers, in relationships. They know how to respond in love, return to joy, forgive when offended, and are always honoring and forthright in their communication.
      • Relationally mature people understand personal responsibility. For example: “I am responsible for living in my identity. I will not let another’s dysfunction affect my love towards them or my own sense of personal adequacy”.
      • We are responsible for lovingly confront when others in the family of God sin, because as a new creation in Christ they should not be behaving that way. (Mt 18:15-17; Gal 6:1-2)

      Mutual Submission (A Submitted Heart is a Heart God Can Trust)

      • Scriptures: Eph. 5:21; Romans 13:1-5; 1 Pet. 2:13-17; 1 Pet. 5:5; Heb 13:17; Tit 3:1-2.
      • All of us as believers live with honor and respect under the authority that God places over us in the home, withing society, and within the church. To not live in under authority is considered rebelling against what God has instituted.
      • We think like healthy family members and do what’s best for the whole environment, mutually submitting to one another in love and not being selfish. (Philippians 2:1-4)

      Family Diversity (We Are a Diverse Multi-Generational Family)

      • Scriptures: Gal. 3:28; Romans 12:4-10; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 Corinthians 12; Matthew 10:41.
      • We want to be a family of diversity with people of all ages, ethnicities, family of origins, and socio-economic backgrounds.
      • We draw from the Holy Spirit’s gifts and grace within the whole family, not just from those in leadership. 

       

      L - Leaders Releasing Life

      Leaders Releasing Life (Leaders That Lead like Jesus)

      Identity Statement: We are a people committed to building life-giving leaders.

      Life-giving leaders help those around them walk in their full potential. Great leaders always serve others and shepherd, knowing Jesus is the chief shepherd. This value looks like:

      Servant Leaders, Humble and integrous (Ministry with a Towel)

      • Scriptures: Psa 78:72; Mt 20:26-28; Lk 12:48; Jn 13:14-17; Mk 10:45; Ac 20:28; 1 Pe 5;1-5; 1 Ti 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-8; Ro 12:3-8.
      • We aim to build leaders whose service is sacrificial, lifting others to higher places.
      • Servant leaders move in transparency, humility, character, and integrity.
      • Leaders who are faithful, steadfast, teachable, and know their assigned metron.
      • Great leaders seek counsel, accept correction, recover from defeat, and promote unity.

      An Equipping Focus (Equipping the Saints to Do the Work of the Ministry)

      • Scriptures: Ephesians 4:11-16; Mark 6:7.
      • Five-fold leaders (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers) are focused on equipping the body of Christ so that it may attain its full measure in Christ.
      • In an “apostolic” environment, heaven is released to earth, and people move in risk, faith, and increase. People are empowered with the freedom to operate in their strengths.
      • Five-fold leaders impart grace, vision, the gifts, and power of the Holy Spirit.

      Relational Investment (Leaders That Are Deeply Connected to People)

      • Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:1-5; Mark 3:14; Ezek. 34:11-16.
      • Leaders that are with the people, one with the people, and relationally connect to people
      • An apostolic environment also fosters relational and fathering leadership.
      • Leaders that understand that love and relational connection lead to transformation.

      Building Leaders for Tomorrow (Passing the Torch with Increase)

      • Scriptures: 1 Cor. 4:14-17; Titus 2:1-8; 2 Ti. 2:2; Mark 3:13-15; Acts 6:3.
      • We are building leaders for tomorrow. Successional leadership provides for a 100-yr. vision.
      • Our leaders value investing in the next generation by means of passing on a spiritual inheritance that we have paid a price for or invested in over decades.
      • We are embracing a family model in leadership; therefore, inheritance is passed on by spiritual moms and dads passing on life to sons and daughters.
      • Our church is ministering with a 100-year vision in mind. As we father others, we call forth gold in people through honor and see our ceiling as their floor.

      Life-Supporting Ministry Structures (Wineskins that Support the Move of God)

      • Scriptures: Acts 6:1-4; Eph. 4:11-16.
      • People gifted administratively and with leadership know how to build structures with intentionality and excellence such that people thrive and God’s Kingdom is advanced.
      • We value structures, leadership styles, and methodology that promote freedom, empowerment and support the spiritual life that God is releasing in His church.

      Leaders with Skill, Perseverance, and Forthrightness (Excellence Opens Doors)

      • Scriptures: Prov. 22:29; James 1:12; Titus 2:7-8; 2 Ti 2:3-4; Ro 12:8.
      • Great leaders are constant learners, always seeking to better their skills.
      • We are training leaders to be clear, courageous, and forthright in their leadership.
      • Leaders lead by example (1 Co 11:1) and set a course of hope and vision.
      • We value leaders who hold themselves to the highest standard and lead with passion.
      I - Intimacy With God

      Intimacy with God (Fruit Flows from Intimacy)

      Identity Statement: We are a people who make our relationship with God our first priority.

      Life in the Kingdom flows from our relationship with God through intimacy with Him. Intimacy with God is found in a heart posture of fearing him and by spending time with Him in worship, His Word, prayer, and other disciplines of the faith. This value looks like:

      Intimacy: Our First Priority (We Seek First His Face First)

      • Scriptures: Ps 16:11; 34:10; John 15:4-8; Prov 8:17; Deut. 4:29; Mt 6:33.
      • All true ministry flows from hearing God’s voice and responding in obedience.
      • The starting point of our ministry is God’s heart discovered in an intimate relationship with Him, not human activity.
      • There is always more of God: Greater revelation, intimacy, power, etc. 
      • Intimacy creates greater spiritual hunger, which attracts grace from Heaven.

      Resting in the Father’s Love (God’s Love Grounds Our Identity)

      • Scriptures: Ps 68:5-6; Mt 6:8; 7:11; 2 Co 6:18; 1 Jn 3:1; Eph. 3:14-19; Jn 15:9-10; Ro 5:5.
      • Knowing the full depth of God the Father’s love fills us with the fullness of God.
      • The power to change takes place in the context of our loving, secure relationship with God.
      • Being loved by God motivates and enables us to extend his love to others.

      Receiving, Depending, Trusting, Resting (Be Still and Let the Lord Work)

      • Scriptures: Isa 30:15; Mt 11:28-30; Exo 20:8-10; Psa 37:4-5; 33:20-22; Prov 3:5-6
      • Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength (Isa 40:31) and will lack no good thing.
      • Everything in the Kingdom of God comes through receiving in faith, not by doing.
      • Because we are first seated with Christ in heavenly places, we are empowered to walk in holy living and stand against the enemy of our souls (Ephesians).

      God’s Word (His Word is Transformative and our Firm Foundation)

      • Scriptures: Luke 2:38; Hebrews 4:12; John 6:63; Isaiah 55:10-11; 2 Ti. 3:16.
      • We value devotion to God’s Word, which is inspired, living and active, powerful, and our standard for a life of godliness.
      • No word of the Lord is devoid of power to accomplish the reason for which it was sent.
      • Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Studying/preaching His Word and pursuit of His face is meant to lead us to encounter.
      • We are a Word and Spirit church. His words must be spiritually discerned.

      Worship and Praise (Worship is a First-Order Activity) 

      • Scriptures: Ps. 22:3; John 4:23-24; Acts 13:2.
      • Praise releases God’s victorious presence. We enter His gates through praise, and we offer a sacrifice of praise through times of adversity.
      • Worship is one of the chief activities of Heaven; so shall it be on earth as in Heaven.
      • Spirit-led worship create a God/man exchange of intimacy and communication.
      • We value worship as a lifestyle.

      Prayer (Prayer Changes Reality)

      • Scriptures: Luke 11:1-13; Acts 12:5; Eph. 6:18; 1 Ti. 2:1; Phil. 4:6-7; Col. 4:2; Mk 1:24.
      • We know that if we ask anything of Him, He hears us; and we know that if He hears us, we have what we asked of Him. (1 Jn. 5:14-15; Mk 11:24)
      • We value praying His Word and praying His heart. We value continuous prayer for all the Lord’s people. We value differing forms of prayer such as: Listening, confessional, burden-bearing, intercession, warfare, declarative, petitional, seeking, or worship-centered.
      • Intercession, petition, prayers of faith, and thanksgiving are all key aspects of a life of prayer.
      I - Identity In Christ

      Identity in Christ (Salvation Creates Identity)

      Identity Statement: We are a people who live from our identity in Christ.

      We desire to have our people understand their identity as royal sons and daughters in Christ, full of power and authority, secure in their purpose, and inwardly empowered to be confident world changers. This value looks like:

      Abiding in Christ (FaceTime Changes Me)

      • Scriptures: John 15:4-8; Phil 3:10-14.
      • Christlikeness requires face time with Him. When we meet Him face to face, we come to know His ways, and we see His glory 2 Co 3:17-18.
      • We value spending time with Him just as He values spending time with us.
      • All true ministry flows from hearing God’s voice and responding in obedience.

      Finding Significance in Sonship (I Live from Who I Am in Christ)

      • Scriptures: John 1:12-13; Eph.1:3-14; Eph. 2:10; Gal 3:26-29; 4:6-7; Ro 8:15-19.
      • Salvation births sons and daughters. These live in their identity in Christ. All of God’s children have been created for good works, which He has prepared in advance for us to walk in.
      • Sons do what the Father and Jesus are doing, and they honor through a posture of heart.
      • Declaration: I have value, I have significance, I have a destiny and a purpose that is buried in the heart of God and more than fulfills my wildest dreams and expectations.
      • I am seated with Christ in heavenly places, a son not an orphan, a royal priesthood, confident in our authority in Him.

      Our Authority in Christ (Heaven Moves When Believers Live in Their Identity)

      • Scriptures: Matt. 28:18; Col. 2:10; 1 Pe 3:22; Matt 10:1; Luke 9:1-2
      • All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Christ and conferred upon His disciples. Jesus gave His followers power and authority to do what He did. We live in this reality.
      • Our identity is chosen, treasured, irreplaceable, love beyond compare, worth dying for, forgiven, a saint set apart, His child, free, secure in Him form all eternity. 
      • God’s grace breaks the mentality that says, “I am a powerless victim of circumstances” and creates a new identity that declares, “In Christ, I am a victorious overcomer, no matter the situation.”

      Victorious Mindsets: Faith, Hope, and Joy (We Empower What We Focus On)

      • Scriptures: Romans 8:5; 12:1-2; 15:13; 2 Cor. 10:3-4; Eph. 4:23.
      • Hope knows God is at work and that His will prevails as we seek Him. Hope reveals if we have the right belief system. Joy is a key factor in relational and emotional health.
      • We have “victorious mindsets” because our God reigns, and because He is good.
      • We look to what God is doing rather than what the Devil is doing.
      • We live in rest without striving and peace because God is at peace.

      Character, Humility, and Christlikeness (Character Leads to Longevity)

      • Scriptures: Psalm 15; Psalm 24; Proverbs 1:7; Romans 12:3-4; 1 Peter 2:9-10.
      • We value integrity of lifestyle, holiness in one’s walk.
      • People of character invite truth in the inward parts and live with no compromise.
      • We are being conformed to the image of Christ (Ro 8:29).
      • Humility is being dependent on God, faithful, available, teachable, and submitted to authority.

      The Lordship of Christ (It Is No Longer I Who Live, But Christ)

      • Scriptures: Gal. 2:20; Acts 2:26; 1 Co. 6:19; 2 Co 4:5; Ro. 14:8-9.
      • Christ as Lord means we are fully surrendered to His governance in every area of our life – our dreams, finances, family life, jobs, bodies, sexuality, time, and our energy.
      • When the lordship of Jesus is a settled issue, all other issues are settled.
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      Filled With the Spirit (Living by the Spirit Brings Fruit that Remains)

      Identity Statement: We are a people who are filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

      We desire to see our people walk in the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit in every aspect of their life. In this fashion, the supernatural becomes normative. This value looks like:

      Spirit-Led, Spirit Filled (Walking by the Spirit)

      • Scriptures: Acts 1:8; Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:16-18; 22-25.
      • “Released” in the Spirit is our language for baptized in His power.
      • We value walking in the leading and anointing of the Holy Spirit.
      • We let the Holy Spirit orchestrate our worship and prayer meetings.

      Fruits of the Holy Spirit (The Most Important Aspect of the Spirit are His Fruits)

      • Scriptures: Gal. 5:16-18; 22-25.
      • Believers filled with the Spirit will manifest the fruits of the Spirit: Love (1 John 3:18), Joy (Neh. 8:10), Peace (Phil 4:6-8), Patience (Col. 1:11), Kindness (2 Tim 2:24), goodness (3 John 11), Faithfulness (1 Cor. 4:2), gentleness (Phil. 4:5), Self-control (Titus 2;11-12). These nine are just a few of the various fruits of the Spirit’s work in our lives.

      Supernatural Power in Ministry (Supernatural Power is Normative)

      • Scriptures: 1 Cor. 2:1-5; Hebrews 2:3b-4; Mark 16:9ff.
      • All ministry released to us from heaven is supernatural, not human in origin.
      • However, we look to those elements of the trans-rational that Jesus walked in that demonstrated the signs of God’s presence and invasion of His Kingdom, such as Words of knowledge, the ministry of physical healing, miracles, and deliverance.
      • Jesus promised us that He would do signs and wonders through His followers.
      • Prophecy and prophetic ministry often carry signs of God’s power.
      • Other gifts of the Spirit, commonly termed “sign” or “power” gifts, are to be normative.

      Gifts of the Spirit (All the Spiritual Gifts are for Today!)

      • Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Cor. 14:26-30.
      • We expect to see all the Spiritual Gifts in operation, although not all will function in the ministry or office of any particular gift.
      • We give honor to all the gifts, and we respect God-appointed authority as we operate.
      • Spiritual gifts are both constitutional and situational.
      • We earnestly desire the gifts, but Love is the governor.

      Prophetic Ministry (Speaking God’s Heart by the Holy Spirit)

      • Scriptures: 1 Cor. 14:1-3; Acts 2:17-18.
      • Prophetic ministry is part of the new covenant age of the Spirit.
      • NT Prophecy edifies, encourages, comforts, and calls forth destiny.
      • Prophecy opens the hearts of unbelievers to God’s presence.
      • Worship may flow in a prophetic (from God) manner as the Spirit “takes over.”
      • Prophecy is a rhema word of the Lord that edifies God’s people by giving His direction.

      Responsive to Grace (We Live and Move in Him by His Grace)

        • Scriptures: Eph. 2:4-10; Acts 4:33; 6:8; 14:3; 2 Co. 12:9; Eph. 3:7; Rom. 12:6.
        • We are saved by grace, live by grace, and are empowered by grace.
      • Grace is unmerited favor; it is the operating power of God on our behalf. It is our strength for living (2 Ti. 2:1) and our ability to reign in life (Ro. 5:17). Deeply experiencing grace teaches us about righteousness, which empowers us to overcome sin and failure.
      F - Free and Transformed

      Free and Transformed (Jesus Sets the Captives Free)

      Identity Statement: We are a people ministering the freedom of the Kingdom.

      We desire to see our people walk in complete freedom – free from a religious spirit, free from life’s hurts, and free to fully rejoice in the Lord and how He has made them. This value looks like: 

      Freedom in Christ (Free to Live in Our Created Uniqueness)

      • Scriptures: 2 Cor. 3:17-18; John 8:31-33.
      • We are free to live in our uniqueness because God has made each of us to be unique.
      • We are free from striving because we have a mindset that God is in charge; we are not.
      • You have value and significance. You are called to become who God created you to be. 
      • Everyone gets to play!

      Freedom for God to Move (Yielding to God Results in Freedom)

      • Scriptures: Exodus 40; 1 Co. 14:26; John 4:24; Psalm 5:3.
      • When our faith and the ability of God intersect . . .miracles manifest.
      • We create a culture where God leads or worship gatherings and has complete freedom to move and lead.
      • No generation can live off the move of the previous generation. Every generation needs a firsthand faith and expectation of God to move (Judges 2:10-12)

      Freedom from Law (I Live by Grace not Law)

      • Scriptures: Romans 7:6; 2 Cor. 3:2-6; Romans 8:1-6.
      • We no longer live under the letter of the Law, but by grace, which is a Spirit-directed and Spirit-empowered life of holiness.
      • Performance has no place in the life of a Christian.
      • Our “body of sin is gone” and we are now “slaves to righteousness.”
      • Being free from the law of sin and death means we are free from condemnation.
      • Grace is the empowering presence of God and it enables us to walk in righteousness and in the gifts, authority, and power of God.

      Healing the Soul of Life’s Hurts (Jesus Heals the Heart) 

      • Scriptures: Isaiah 61:1-6; Luke 4:17-19.
      • We value inner healing and transformation of the heart.
      • Jesus helps us rewire our brain for relational wholeness, joy, and identity.
      • We value a culture that empowers people to make good choices toward wholeness.
      • We believe salvation (sozo) impacts the body, soul (heart) and spirit

      Physical Healing (By His Stripes We Are Healed)

      • Scriptures: Matthew 8:17; Matthew 4:23-24.
      • Physical healing is part of the atoning work of Christ, as is deliverance from demonic bondage, torment, and affliction of various kinds by evil spirits.
      • Healing and deliverance are signs that should accompany the truth of the Gospel.
      • Gifting in this area grows as our authority in Christ is developed through our obedience. 

      Spiritual Deliverance (The Devil is an Already Defeated Foe)

        • Scriptures: Mark 1:21-27; Matthew 12:25-29; Mark 9:14-29; 1 John 3:8
        • Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.
      • Demons must obey the Word of Jesus and leave when we command them in His name.
      • Healing and deliverance are normative Christian practices.
      E - Equipping and Empowering Disciples

      Equipping and Empowering Disciples: (Launching Believers in their Full Potential)

      Identity Statement: BridgeWay is a house of empowerment and destiny development.

      The task of apostolic five-fold leadership is to create a culture of equipping and empowerment for everyone in the body of Christ. As such, we aim to establish a culture of value, honor, empowerment, and active partnership with people in their lives and ministries. This value looks like:

      Relational Fathering (Relational Transference is Key to Personal Transformation)

      • Scriptures: Mark 3:13-15; 1 Cor. 4:15-17; 2 Timothy 2:2.
      • Without relational fathering, training is classroom and knowledge-based, and this is mostly ineffective in building disciples in Christ. Fathers and mothers see people through the eyes of Christ, what you will be, not what you are today.
      • Jesus raised His disciples in a close-knit, covenantal, show-and-tell small group.

      Developing Leaders, Building Disciples (We Are Raising Up World-Changers)

      • Scriptures: Luke 6:40; Hebrews 12:11; Eph. 4:12, 29.
      • We value equipping and training leaders in our people in the ministry of the Kingdom, in healthy relationships and family, in the power of the Holy Spirit, in their intimacy and identity in Christ, and in Kingdom mission.
      • We have a relational “win, support, grow, empower, send, multiply” focus for our people.
      • We encourage our people to take risks, move in faith, and live courageously.

      Teaching Core Christian Doctrines (Healthy Theology Grounds Health Living)

      • Scriptures: Titus 1:9; 2:1; 1 Jn 4:1; 2 Ti 1:13.
      • Sound doctrine is important because our faith is based on a specific message. It is important because what we believe affects what we do. We are to walk in holiness.
      • It provides a pattern for a life of faith and fruitfulness as one who abides and obeys.
      • Sound doctrine is important because we must ascertain truth in a world of falsehood.

      Empowerment (Providing Resources, Authority, and Opportunity to Soar)

      • Scriptures: Isa 35:3; Acts 11:23; 1 Thess. 3:2.
      • The goal of empowerment is to develop new leaders and disciples who can function independently (to the appropriate degree) in their unique design and created potential. 
      • All people have a significant purpose. We commit to coming alongside people in their journey to encourage and strengthen them in their true identity. 
      • Encouragement inspires people to move past fears and reach forward.

      Activating (Activating Others in Service is a Kingdom Mandate)

      • Scriptures: Acts 1:8; Luke 10:1; Eph. 3:16; Isa 45:1; Matt. 28:18-20.
      • We seek to activate everyone in some form of service and responsibility in the Kingdom. 
      • Empowerment releases both the authority and tools needed for assigned responsibility.
      • In an empowering culture, we give opportunity for others to minister and rise to their full potential in Christ. An empowering culture provides regular prophetic encouragement.
      • We strive to call out the destiny in people and empower them to reach their full potential. 
      • An empowering culture has love, trust, honor, and respect as core values, whereas a controlling culture has disrespect, fear, and punishment as core values.

      A Permission-Giving and Sending Culture (Sons are Meant to Run)

        • Scriptures: Luke 10:1-6; Luke 9:1-10; 2 Tim. 2:2; Acts 13:1-3.
        • Five-Fold Leadership: Supporting Equipping, Sending. Believer Mindset: God can Use Me!
        • Believer Activation: Every saint is responsible for taking steps in a Kingdom lifestyle.
        • Our leaders give permission to risk and freedom to fail.
      • We will be known more for our sending capacity than our seating capacity.
      E - Expanding the Kingdom

      Expanding the Kingdom (There’s a World to Win!)

      Identity Statement: We are a people seeking to advance His Kingdom in every context.

      We want to be people who release His presence and represent Jesus in every context of life as we look for opportunities to release heaven on earth, lead people to a saving knowledge of Jesus, and transform our communities. Key aspects include:

      His Kingdom is Advancing (Victory is Certain)

      • Scriptures: 1 John 4:4; Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 5:4-5; Romans 8:31-39; John 12:31; Acts 4:23-31; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14-15; John 16:33; Mark 5:1-13.
      • The gates of hell will not prevail against the advance of the church. God is big and victorious. The devil is small and defeated. We are in a battle, but the outcome is not in doubt!
      • Jesus has already won; we pray, do spiritual warfare, and minister from the power of His victory over darkness. “Great big God, the itty bitty devil.”

      A Lifestyle of Evangelism (I Am an Ambassador for Christ)

      • Scriptures: Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:17-6:2; 2 Tim. 4:5; Romans 15:17-21.
      • As believers, we are all in full-time ministry as God advances His Kingdom into every area of society. So, we minister the gospel of the Kingdom in everyday life and interaction with others.
      • We create value for the gospel through love, service, humility, and honor.
      • We value ministry that seeks to reach those who do not yet know Christ, yet we do so in the context of challenging believers to live a life filled with the Spirit, being personally revived, and full of faith and vision for the mission.

      Kingdom Reconciliation Ministry (The Kingdom Bridges Divides)

      • Scriptures: Isa. 58, 61:1-10, Prov. 19:17; 1 Jn 3:17-18; Gal 3:28; Zep 3:9; 2 Co. 5:19.
      • We value mercy and compassion on the poor and broken of society and among us.
      • Racial, gender, and socio-economic reconciliation is a by-product of Kingdom living, but at times these must be intentionally cultivated.
      • We value partnering with the marketplace and spiritually fathering a city to bring the extension of His Kingdom into areas that serve and benefit all people.

      Everyday Disciples on Mission (Harvest is on God’s Heart)

      • Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:17-6:3; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8.
      • World Missions, Planting Ministries and Churches. We value fathering other churches, planting new works, and itinerant ministry.
      • We are a river of life to the nations, reaching every tongue, every tribe.

      The Aspen Family (Partnering with Like-Minded Ministries)

      • God uses our ministry to equip people, then He repositions them to serve others.
      • We value establishing a Kingdom Resource Center with Kingdom-minded ministries and businesses to serve our city.
      • The chief role of those functioning apostolically is to father or mother, then relate to other mothers and fathers.

      Regional Training and Equipping (We Are and Apostolic Resource Center)

      • We value serving as an “apostolic resource center” to equip and train others in Kingdom values and practices. We build unity and the Kingdom in our region by equipping other ministries and believers outside our own.
      • We value a regional school of kingdom ministry and discipleship in partnership with others.
      E - Enkindling Revival

      Enkindling Revival (Revival is on God’s Heart)

      Identity Statement: We are revivalists who will change the world.

      BridgeWay’s vision is worldwide revival through empowering people in the power of the Holy Spirit, their identity in Christ, and the outward lifestyle of Jesus. This value looks like:

      A Revival Atmosphere (Revived Believers Impact Others)

      • Scriptures: Acts 2:1-4, 15-18, 37-47; Acts 19:11-20.
      • We call the expectation of the Holy Spirit to lead, move and minister to people the Kingdom of God as well as the manifestation of the Spirit in this manner a revival culture.
      • Revival is more than repentance or a baptism in the Spirit that occurs in the listed texts above; it is also a baptism in the love of God, fruits of a Spirit-filled life, a revelation of our identity in Christ, personal wholeness and passion, and being so filled with God that sharing Christ overflows naturally. 
      • Revival touches individuals and local churches, but reformation, which is regional or national revival, touches society.

      Fostering Personal, Regional, and Global Revival (A Harvest of Souls is the Goal)

      • Scriptures: Isa. 60:1-4; Acts 2; Nehemiah 8.
      • We long to see a world in revival, where the lost are swept home and Christ is ready to return for a bride who has made herself ready.
      • Revival has the power to shift atmospheres and sweep people into the Kingdom.
      • Revival is always personal. It is a God-initiated move of His Spirit leading to repentance, holiness, Spirit-filled obedience, and a fiery love relationship with God.
      • God is already at work in the darkest places, as revival is on God’s heart for the whole world.

      Launching Revivalists (Manifesting the Heart and Wisdom of God to the World)

      • Scriptures: Mt 10:1-4; Luke 9:1-2, 10:1-2; Acts 1:8.
      • We wish to equip and deploy a generation of revivalists who will fearlessly run into the world to bring the full expression of the Kingdom of God in order to see people saved and the world’s culture, institutions, and systems touched by the Kingdom.  
      • They do this by being radical in their lifestyle of love, unwavering in their devotion to Jesus, active in their practice of supernatural ministry, grounded in God’s Word, and creative in their expression of worship, ministry, and Kingdom living. They are willing to pay any price.
      • Revivalists burn with passion, holy boldness, and a love that cannot be quenched.
      • Revivalists are Real, Radical, Relational, and Revolutionary.

      Transformational Impact (Outward Kingdom Living Transforms My Environment)

      • Scriptures: Daniel 1:16-21; 2:26-28; Genesis 41:1-46; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 4:14-16; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Proverbs 22:29; Exodus 31:1-11.
      • We are engaged in the world for good. We discover our gifts and excel in them in order to best serve society and its leaders, so we all may prosper.
      • We serve and encourage leaders in society, whether or not they are believers, and work with them to build communities of honor, health, and wholeness. 1 Ti 2:1-2; Ro 13:1-7. 
      • As we live in our city, we are father other leaders, shifting spiritual atmospheres, partnering with the marketplace, and seeking to influence the key mountains of culture.
      • We seek Heaven’s answers for earthly problems and take practical risks in faith to see the answers realized in our world.
      • Prophetic words concerning leadership and government should be consistent with God’s mission to seek and save the lost and should flow from a heart of love, hope, and empathy rather than wrath and judgment.
      • We equip believers to live a naturally supernatural lifestyle so that they can bring transformation to their areas of influence.

      Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you,
      And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.

      (Isaiah 61:1-3)

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