I. Mission Statement
Seeing people changed by the love of Christ, creating a ripple effect in our community.
II. Vision Statement
We glorify God by joining in His mission of restoring our broken world to wholeness. We are raising up a generation of spiritually empowered disciples of Jesus Christ whose lives are characterized by love: love for God, one another, and the world.
III. Core Value Statement
- All things must be saturated in Prayer
- All things must be yielded to the Holy Spirit
- All things must be grounded in God’s Word
- All things must seek to advance God’s Kingdom
IV. Statement of Faith
- We believe that there is one God eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,3; John 4:24; Acts 5:3,4; Romans 1:20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:5,6)
- We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to humanity and that it is the only inspired, infallible guide for salvation and life, without error in all it teaches.
- (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21
- We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory.
- (Isaiah 53; Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 20:28; Matthew 28:6; Luke 1:26-38; John 2:2; John 3:16; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:24-26; Romans 5:1; Romans 9:5; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4,14; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Titus 2:13)
- We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever and indwells believers, giving them assurance of salvation, spiritual gifts, and empowering them to advance Christ’s Kingdom on this earth.
- (Ezekiel 36:27; Joel 2:28; John 14:12; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:9,11,16; Romans 12:8-11; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:11-13; Galatians 4:6; 1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:13)
- We believe that human beings were created in the image of God, but because of sin, were alienated from God. That alienation can be removed only by accepting through faith alone God’s gift of salvation, which was made possible by Christ’s death.
(Genesis 1:26, 27; 3:1-24; John 3:3,5; John 1:12, 13; Romans 3:25; Romans 5:12-18; Ephesians 2:8,9; James 1:18; 1 John 1:8; 1 Peter 1:23)
V. A Brief History
Bridgewood is a church plant started in 1998 by Wooddale Church of Eden Prairie (Dr. Leith Anderson, Sr. Pastor) and the Home Missions Committee of the Christian Reformed Church, North America. Today we maintain a healthy and beneficial relationship with Wooddale, and we are affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.
We are Biblically based; Christ focused and led by the Holy Spirit.
Our approach is decidedly to reach those who are in need of a personal relationship with God. While we welcome with open arms all who would worship with us, and those who have already accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, we desire to reach the lost.
When attempting to relate who we are it is often more effective to converse rather than going into a long write-up that many not target what the reader wants to know. We offer opportunities to meet with Pastor Don at a mutually convenient time and he can give detailed insight into who we are and answer specific questions regarding Bridgewood’s background, beliefs and ministry.
VI. Our affiliation – CRC
The CRC has its roots in the Reformation (1517 AD). Martin Luther and John Calvin sought to reform the Catholic Church. From John Calvin came the Reformed Movement which spread rapidly throughout Europe. In the British Isles, the Reformed Church became known as the Presbyterian Church; the mainland maintained the Reformed name.
Early in American History, the Dutch settlers settled a colony called New Amsterdam (now New York). These settlers also settled in New England and the Mid-West and later the West Coast. They formed Dutch Reformed Churches which later became known as the Reformed Church of America. The CRC is a major daughter denomination of the Dutch Reformed roots. Thus we are related historically to the Presbyterian and Reformed branches of the churches. To the extent that churches in the denominations are focused on the Bible, and committed to the historic truths of the Christian faith, we still maintain a “kinship” with them.
Although the CRC started off as a Dutch immigrant church, it is now a very diverse and pluralistic body. There are black, Hispanic, Native American, and Oriental churches within the CRC. Approximately 850 churches, with 300,000 members, are in North America and there are thousands more worldwide. (In fact, the Christian Reformed Church in Nigeria, started as a mission work early in the 1900s, in now larger than the CRC in North America.) Among the CRC churches in this country, worship styles range from traditional “high church” to informal evangelical and charismatic.