Missional Communities are small to mid-sized ongoing groups that seek to live out their faith by loving one another, studying Scripture together, and serving together. They are a place to be known and inspired to live more like Jesus. They are diverse gatherings of friends and families that work together to live the life Jesus modeled and join the mission He gave us to love the world.
Start a group in four easy steps:
- Click HERE to connect with Bridgeway staff.
- Invite a few friends to meet weekly at a specific time.
- Pick a park or backyard that works for you.
- Choose one of our group studies with easy-to-use leader resources.
Find a Group
Frequently Asked Questions
How have Missional Communities been affected by COVID-19?
The shelter in place order and CDC recommendations have made meeting in groups challenging. Our existing MC’s transitioned to Zoom and/or are now meeting outdoors and practicing physical distancing. For now, the safest option is to gather a group of friends you are already socializing with and start a group with material we will provide. We do have a few open groups and you’re welcome to search for those and connect with the leaders from the links above.
What is a Missional Community?
A Missional Community is a small to mid-sized group of families and friends that meet together for community and mission. Missional Communities are Bridgeway's version of small groups.
What happens at a Missional Community meeting?
Our Missional Communities are very diverse, and that is by design! Some groups are large with lots of kids, while others are smaller gatherings of adults only. Some groups are always open to new members, while others are closed. Some groups are potlucks with a short devotional time, while others look more like a traditional in-home Bible study. All of our groups are seeking to grow in their relationships with God and one another while making a difference in the world, but this looks different in different groups.
How is a Missional Community different from a small group?
The key difference between a Missional Community and a traditional small group is that we ask all of our groups to be intentional about having some way that they are purposely seeking to serve those who don't yet know Christ. This looks different for different groups. Some of our Missional Communities have a very similar look and feel to a traditional small group or Bible Study.
How do get connected to a Missional Community at Bridgeway?
You can search the different open groups through the links above and contact leaders directly or fill out the form expressing your interest in a Missional Community and we will partner with you to help find a group that works for you. Our Missional Communities Coordinator connects you directly with each group leader so you can talk with them about when they meet and what their group is like.
If I already have a group of friends can I use the Bridgeway discussion materials?
Yes, we encourage networks of friends to become Missional Communities and use any and all materials we create. The existing foundation from established relationships facilitates spiritual growth and deeper partnership in mission. Being a recognized group helps the Discipleship Department staff be available to support you and keep you in the loop on resources available to group members. We also provide yearly retreats and quarterly leadership training for your own spiritual growth. If you’re interested in starting a group email Heather
What is the process for becoming a Missional Community Leader?
We offer a four-week class several times per year called Exploring Missional Leadership that is taught by our Missional Community Coordinator, Heather Johnson. After the class, Heather will connect with you individually to determine next steps. You can check the Events Page to see if a class session is coming up, or you can email Heather to find out when the class will be offered next.