THE NEXT BRIDGEBUILDERS SEMINAR – SEPTEMBER 11-12, 2015 CARLISLE PA

7 08 2015

40466_137821966257615_3396476_nThe next BRIDGEBUILDERS SEMINAR New Hope Church of God in Carlisle PA

 SEPTEMBER 11-12, 2015

“Bridgebuilders-Helping Your Church Reach Its Unchurched Neighbors”

Dr. Steve Dunn. Leader

The church is located at 1250 Waggoners Gap Road Carlisle PA 17013

Session One: Friday Night  6:30-8:30 pm

The Mission Field Outside Our Front Door

What Every Church Needs to Be

Session Two: Saturday Morning  9:00 am-12:00 noon

What Every Missionary Needs to Know

Christ’s Respectful Ambassadors

Tools for Building Bridges

Getting Started As a Church (And as Individuals)

Cost is $15 per person or $50 flat rate for 4 or more people registering from the same church. Materials and snacks are included in the cost.  Register by calling the church at (717) 241-5544 or emailing pastordickwarner@gmail.com.  Checks should be made payable to the ERC and are due the day of the seminar.

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THE BRIDGEBUILDER PRINCIPLE

13 03 2015

IMG_20150105_190159472For those of you who would like to learn more about the biblical foundations, ministry values, strategies and stories behind BRIDGEBUILDERS SEMINARS, you will want a copy of Steve’s book (and the first publication of Bridgebuilder Publications, The Bridgebuilder Principle. This 124 page book is available for $12 plus shipping and handling.  You can order via the comment feature of this blog.





BRIDGEBUILDERS SUMMER NEWS

1 07 2014

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As the summer heats up, the ministry of Bridgebuilders is picking up speed.  Dr. Steve Dunn introduced our newest training program for Bridgebuilder churches, “Building an Elder Team”on June 20-21, 2014 in Durham NC.  Bishop Victor Glover brought elders and potential elders for the three congregations of the Last Days World Outreach for a seven hour training experience. (These congregations are part of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Churches of God and are located in Hillsborough, Raleigh and Warsaw NC).

“Building an Elder Team” is based on developing a discipleship culture and training persons to share with the pastor the responsibility of being shepherds if the flock.

Two more Bridgebuilders Seminars have been scheduled in the Allegheny Regional Conference of the Churches of God. July 26 the first one will be held at the Barkeyville Church of God in Pittsburgh,  (The church currently has no pastor, but has Winebrenner Seminary student Heidi Mikulin is coordinating this event.

September 5-6, 2014, Pastor Lee Kline and the Center Bethel Church of God in Alverton PA will host Bridgebuilders.

A new tool begins a 40 week pilot at Barkeyville following their event.  Bridgebuilders is developing Real Disciples, an extended study that uses a variety of tools including an Individualized Disciple Education Plan to help build a small missional culture within a traditional, to model the changes needed to be more effective as Christ’s disciples today.

Publication of The Bridgebuilders Principle has been slowed by the writing of some new sections and the editorial work needed.  We are still aiming to go to press the end of summer with an October release date.

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BRIDGEBUILDERS IS HEADED SOUTH

5 10 2013
BRIDGEBUILDERS - Building bridges to the Bridge

BRIDGEBUILDERS – Building bridges to the Bridge

Coming to Last Days World Outreach – Hillsborough, North Carolina

October 20, 2013

Dr. Steve Dunn and Bridgebuilders Ministry
will share with us three messages on
reaching our unchurched neighbors in these Last Days

DURING LEADERSHIP TIME
“Listening to the Holy Spirit to Understand
the Needs and Dreams of Our Neighbors”

“Learning to Tell Your Story”

And during the Sunday Service
“The Word Becomes Flesh and Moves Into the Neighborhood”

Bishop Victor Glover will be the host.  Then on October 21, 2013 Bridgebuilders will be providing a ministry of encouragement and equipping to Epic Church in Bluffton SC, Pastor Sabrina Bragg.

STEVE STILL HAS SOME OPEN TRAINING DATES: OCTOBER 19 IN THE NORTH CAROLINA PIEDMONT AREA, AND OCTOBER 23 AND 24 IN EITHER NORTH OR SOUTH CAROLINA OR VIRGINIA.  Contact him at sdunnpastor@gmail.com.69080_166248886719447_2298300_n





UPDATE ON BRIDGEBUILDERS – PART 1

4 05 2013
BRIDGEBUILDERS - Building bridges to the Bridge

BRIDGEBUILDERS – Building bridges to the Bridge

God has been busy growing Bridgebuilders as a ministry to help churches reach their unchurched neighbors.  Here are some highlights.

Bridgebuilders has recently changed its workshop tag line.
Because our ministry philosophy and tools are not just for traditional churches, we have dropped that work from the title.  It is now called Bridgebuilders Seminars-Helping Churches Reach Their Unchurched Neighbors. 

We now partner with the Commission on Evangelism of the Eastern Regional Conference as the foundational element of their mission to equip local churches to make disciples in their local context. As the ERC uses Bridgebuilders, they use the tag line Building bridges to the Bridge.  The lower case bridgebuilders refers to people and churches. The upper case Bridgebuilder is , of course, Jesus Christ.  They also now use an email address tied to the conference web site for all Bridgebuilders and School of Evangelism ministries.  It is ercbridgebuilders@erccog.org.

Bridgebuilders is now providing two biweekly on-line publicationsFanning Into Flame is the tool for the Allegheny Regional Conference of the Churches of God to assist them in their vision for being “the best churches for the community” and to make new disciples of new generations.  Following the theme noted above for the ERC, their publication is called bridges to the Bridge.OHC-2.0_NEIGHBORHOOD-STATIC-04 Bridgebuilders is committed to resourcing other conferences and denominations along these lines.  If you are interested in a publication like this, including your local church contact:

Bridgebuilders Ministries

225 Lurgan Avenue

Shippensburg PA 17257

717-471-3018





BRIDGEBUILDERS – Building bridges to the Bridge 2013

17 01 2013
BRIDGEBUILDERS - Building bridges to the Bridge

BRIDGEBUILDERS – Building bridges to the Bridge

BY STEPHEN L DUNN

Bridgebuilders is about to enter a whole new level of ministry.  God has been moving in some exciting and powerful ways during 2012 and we eagerly anticipate what He is planning to do next through this arm of His kingdom.

After two years of research, writing and three pilot events, Bridgebuilders Seminars was launched in the winter and spring of 2010-2011 with three events sponsored by the ERC Commission on Evangelism in eastern Pennsylvania–at Roaring Spring, Elizabethtown and Camp Hill. The Seminars also received a broader introduction at breakout workshops at the 2011 sessions of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Churches of God. Weather issues and some scheduling problems with host churches, reduced our introductory events in the fall and winter of 2011-2012 but we were able to present the ministry at Shippensburg PA and Germantown MD.  While that public momentum slowed, God was at work behind the scenes.

In January 2012, I was given the opportunity to share the principles and format for the Bridgebuilders Seminars for the Regional Directors and Officers of the General Conference at a Leadership Retreat in Columbus OH.  That led to three immediate invitations for the Directors from the Allegheny, Great Lakes, and Western Regions.  In May I presented a new format called “The Bridgebuilders Principle” to the delegates of the Allegheny Conference at the their annual conference session at Camp Sunrise Mountain.  I was also able to interview our first potential Bridgebuilders Trainer from that Conference-Mike Bobula of Latrobe PA and also was able to recruit General Conference Associate Lance Finley, who operates out of Findlay OH.  In June I was given an plenary session opportunity with extended time to share the The Bridgebuilders Principle to the delegates meeting at the Great Lakes Conference in Findlay.  I also received time to do two one-hour breakout sessions on “The Mission Field Outside Your Front Door” which introduced people to some of the practical applications we teach in the Seminars.

In October I was invited first to the General Conference’s renewal conference called The Gathering for Renewal, sharing the actual Bridgebuilders Seminar with persons from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.  This was followed with a Bridgebuilders Seminar provided in the same week for the Western Regional Pastors and Spouses Retreat in Branson MO.  This included persons from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.  These events led to a training retreat on “Creating a Discipleship Culture” for the November Ad Council Retreat for the Midwest Conference in Terre Haute IN and our first Bridgebuilders Seminar in the Allegheny Region at Mt. Pleasant in January of this year. (The event in Mt. Pleasant was the single best attended Bridgebuilders Seminar ever with 58 people attending).

Bridgebuilders Seminar at Eberly's Mill included PTI students

Bridgebuilders Seminar at Eberly’s Mill included PTI students

This fall the ERC sponsored two more area offerings of the Seminar–at Newville and Eberlys Mill in the ERC.  Both were also attended by students from the Pastoral Training Institute as guests of the Commission.  And Shippensburg sponsored the first ever Bridgebuilders Sunday which included a message from me at both services, a training time with the adult and youth Sunday School and a Sunday evening two-hour workshop. Three more men joined the process to become Bridgebuilders Trainers for the ERC – Mark Halliday, Tim Bistline and Dave Anderson.

As we head into 2013 the Commission on Evangelism is reorganizing to make Bridgebuilders and the Seminars the core to its program of resourcing churches and the School of Evangelism is becoming the training arm for coaches for the conference and local churches seeking to use the Bridgebulders Principle in their ministry. Planning has begun for Bridgebuilders Seminars at New Horizons and Camp Hill in the ERC and Latrobe and Indian Head in the ARC.  Later in 2013 the Bridgebuilders Principle will be presented to the Midwest Conference’s annual sessions.  It is hoped to have a book (which I am completing) called The Bridgebuilders Principle available for resourcing churches later in 2013.

God has been very busy.





THE LEADWOOD STORY CONTINUES

7 12 2012

Kristina Wallace shares more of the story from Leadwood and reflects our kingdom focus in Bridgdbuilding churches. -Steve

This story is not ending or should I say mission? Philip felt he needed to go check back on a new family we found on Thanksgiving, by the way others were praying for and we did not know it. The husband has left wife and 4 small kids. 8 yr old boy says there is no Santa or God, if there why did this happen. We did call our group together and as of now they are going to have a Christmas. They are having to relocate so, the kids have been set up with an Awanas Baptist group for church near them since Mom has no car.. Not that we want to encourage Santa or the Baptist, LOL, but we are trying to to get him to believe, God does care. Praises for the Thanksgiving dinner and God mixing our paths and for allowing a special prayer to go on, on her front porch. Just to be able to watch all these things are amazing.

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