We Build Bridges

Photo by    Garth Pratt    on    Unsplash

Photo by Garth Pratt on Unsplash

I love bridges. I have a big print of a bridge in my office, I love taking pictures of them, and I'll go visit cool bridges on trips. Recently, we were visiting my family in Pittsburgh, PA, which has 446 bridges. That's the world record and is 3 more than Venice. Crazy.

This picture is one of my favorites, the Andy Warhol bridge.

The Andy Warhol bridge

The Andy Warhol bridge

Bridges are more than cool architecture.

They are a symbol of connection.

A few months ago, WDLK CRTV, the Creative Team at Woodlake, gathered for a team night and I shared why I think the bridge symbol is so crucial for our department. Woodlake's number one goal is that people would come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Woodlake Creative's part in that goal is building bridges to connect people to Jesus and to the church. We bridge the community to our church through creative approaches to ministry as well as our communication outlets and online ministries. We connect people to Jesus through creating an atmosphere for worship and through helping them to engage in our Sunday worship services through every aspect of our worship and media teams.

This week, as you pray about your weekend services, I want you to pray that God would show you how to build a bridge. For some of you, that will mean building a bridge creatively to get people outside the church walls to step in. For others, the bridge will be built to get your church family out into your community. Whichever direction your bridge needs to be built, I want you to remember that as beautiful as some bridges are, the focus isn't on the bridge. The bridge's number one focus and purpose is connection. When we realize that our whole goal is to connect people to Jesus, it's easy to remember that it's not about us.

Jesus said it best Himself when He said, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," (Matt 28:19).

We have the incredible privilege of going into the world and building bridges to draw people into a relationship with Jesus. As I'm writing this, know that I'm praying for you and your church. I'm praying that God would use you to build a bridge. Sometimes bridges carry heavy weight and stand in some strong storms. If you're weighed down or weary this week, just remember that God is your foundation and He will support you as you work to build and support His Church.


Brandon Verderber

Creative Pastor

Woodlake Church

918.622.7100 | http://woodlake.church