As disciples of Christ we have been commissioned to carry on the mission of Jesus – to preach the coming of God’s kingdom in both word and deed. The BridgeBuilder program was created to train disciples of Jesus to be effective ministers of the gospel across cultures. Participants will impact the great city of Houston, while learning to create a culture of Christian community development that will allow them to have a greater impact in whatever context they are called to next.
It is our goal to provide a sustainable and reciprocal program where participants and locals are mutually empowered. Bridge-Builders places a heavy emphasis on listening to and learning from the community as we serve alongside our neighbors. The Bridge-Builder program is more than a mission trip; it is an opportunity to deepen your relationship with Jesus, while joining in the work that God is already doing in our community.
Each day, participants will spend time in experiential learning settings. They will hear from both individuals and organizations across the city in order to help cultivate deliberate empathy and see first-hand, effective urban ministry in action.
Participants are engaged in dynamic lessons taught daily by Forge staff and local pastors. These theologically based lessons venture into subject areas including history, sociology, philosophy, current events, economics, and psychology. The focus of these lessons will revolve around a Biblical discussion of justice and mercy, God’s heart for the poor, and a Biblical response to race, class, and other similar topics.
Daily service projects include serving in local churches and para-church ministries, working with youth outreach programs, various construction/demolition projects, community beautification, serving in local schools, etc.