WE ARE AN URBAN MISSION
Bridge City Community is an urban mission. We believe and proclaim that the Kingdom of God isn’t segregated, so our churches and communities shouldn’t be either. Shortly upon my arrival in Chattanooga I observed that racism, prejudice, and inequity continued to exist amidst a remarkable renaissance of eco-tourism and entrepreneurship. I discovered a neighborhood that had been isolated, overlooked, and neglected for so long that poverty, under-education, gang violence, and drug addiction had become normal. South Chattanooga is 98% black, has the highest percentage of youth under the age of eighteen in the city, the highest illiteracy rate in the county, and a significant number of households run by single mothers.
I am an urban missionary. My experiences in this neighborhood are more akin to an overseas mission than to an American church plant. I live in a strange land where I have had to learn to speak a new language, observe new customs, and earn the trust of a neighborhood to which I am a foreigner. Not only are we preaching the Gospel to a hurting populace, we are also pursuing racial, economic, and educational reconciliation. We are multi-ethnic. We experience the challenges of cross-cultural communication on a daily basis. We have offended and been offended. We have asked for forgiveness and offered it. We feed kids and walk the streets. We reach out to drug dealers and community leaders. We are an urban mission. Truth is you don’t need to travel across the globe to have a mission experience, there are mission fields in all of our cities – Chattanooga included.
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Reconciliation matters! Here's how we pursue it:
We all fall short of meeting God's expectations. Acknowledging this non-discriminatory reality our primary task is to share the Good News that reconciliation with God is possible through faith in Jesus. Join us for worship!
The Kingdom of God isn't segregated so our churches and communities shouldn't be either. We are intentionally multi-ethnic so we regularly seek ways to develop cross-cultural relationships, heal from generational prejudice, and create a community where racial diversity is celebrated not avoided.
- Key Partnerships - The Bethlehem Center | Neighborhood Associations
Socio-economic disparity is an ever present situation in every urban community across the country. Poverty is a crippling disease that we hope to treat with job training, employee empowerment, and community development. We feed hungry children every week too!
- Key Partnerships - South Chattanooga YFDC | CALEB
Undereducation often results in increased unemployment, gang violence, drug addiction, and systemic poverty. We engage in mentoring in our local schools and supporting after school programming to address the epidemic in our community.
- Key Partnership - Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy
Reconciliation of law enforcement and community is important to us as we want to see violence reduced in our city. Pastor Josh is a chaplain for Chattanooga Police Department. We advocate for better understanding and relationships between police and residents in an effort to see community life flourish.
- Key Partnerships - Chattanooga PD | Neighborhood Residents