WHAT IS IT?
Bridges: Bay Area for Jesus is a multi-year partnership initiative launched in 2013 by the Central and Northern California Conferences in order to reach and impact the Bay Area for Jesus. Both conferences are planning joint efforts as well as individual events and approaches unique to the vision and priorities of each conference.
WHAT'S THE GOAL?
The goal of the Bridges initiative is to energize and inspire Seventh-day Adventist believers in the Bay Area to engage and impact their communities with the gospel message. All efforts are aimed at building bridges that lead to vibrant relationships and ultimately to Jesus Christ in preparation for His return.
HOW DO WE ACCOMPLISH THE GOAL?
Responding to God’s individual call to discipleship, all members of the Adventist family commit themselves:
To serve the residents of the Bay Area selflessly alongside others.
To love their neighbors, even as God loves them.
To connect with others engaged in the same purpose and to connect
those living in the Bay Area to God's message of hope and wholeness.
To grow deeper in their relationship with God and to enlarge the
Kingdom of Heaven among the 8 million residents of the Bay Area.
HOW DO WE MEASURE SUCCESS?
The ratio of Seventh-day Adventist believers to the general population in the Bay Area is among the lowest in the United States—approximately 1:1000. This translates into a limited presence, which limits the impact our community of faith can make on the Bay Area and its residents. In our attempt to lower that ratio, success will be measured in the following ways:
By the extent that we know and understand the
dominant culture and norms of the Bay Area.
By the number of service projects and community and civic goals
that we are actively engaged in.
By the number and diversity of ways in which residents
are invited into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
By a growing attendance and ultimately membership within
all Adventist churches in the Bay Area.
WHAT CRITICAL QUESTIONS WILL BAY AREA RESIDENTS BE ASKING THE ADVENTIST CHURCH
Who are you? Do you care about us?
Do you know our core values? Can we trust you?
PROJECTS • PEOPLE • PASSIONS
joining forces to reach the goal
Several key ministries, organizations and groups are combining their efforts within and under the umbrella of the Bridges initiative to maximize its effectiveness. Projects such as San Francisco City Missions and Operation Blueprint; people including pastors, teachers and members; passions like community services, health ministries and church planting are all coming together for this one purpose. Visit BayAreaForJesus.org to learn more about Bridges partners and resources in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley metropolitan areas.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Talk to your local pastor, or visit BayAreaForJesus.org for more information on using your gift, talents, experience and passions for impacting the Bay Area for Jesus!