We pursue spiritual, racial, economic, and educational reconciliation because the Kingdom of God isn't segregated and so our churches and communities shouldn't be either.
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.
Want to read about the beginning of our journey? Read our story here.
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