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LifeBridge's Mission Grows

LifeBridge Church began as a dream to reach unchurched young professionals and families in the Tacoma area.

At the beginning of 2020, 20 young adults committed to the church plant core team. Through prayer and studying the community needs, gifts of the team and calling of the Bible, they embraced their identity as a church to participate with Jesus in His mission personally and collectively. LifeBridge was born.

When the pandemic hit, the team postponed finding a worship gathering venue so they could provide a free dental clinic for the community. Lives were changed, so they did it again. Church was becoming a way of life. God continued to grow the LifeBridge team.

After gathering for worship outside or in a temporary location once or twice a month for over a year, God opened the way to rent their current venue in University Place. LifeBridge Church celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 8, 2022. Less than one year later, it was officially organized as the 110th church in Washington Conference on Dec. 3, 2022. 

LifeBridge’s 3 Key Ministry Focus Areas:

  1. Health: From 2020–2022, this passionate group of around 50 young adults and families hosted seven free dental, vision or physical therapy clinics, serving more than 600 people with $260,000 worth of free care. In 2023, they plan to serve more than 900 people with $300,000 worth of care through two larger scale health clinics in January and August. The health clinics have provided amazing opportunities to develop young adults as committed missional leaders.
  2. Family: LifeBridge is supporting families to raise their kids as servant leaders for Jesus. They have launched two thriving LifeBridge Kids groups on Sabbath mornings with plans to add a youth group in 2023. Many young people are involved and making a real difference in ministry. LifeBridge families eat lunch together monthly, have access to an online parenting support group and share powerful series on relationships and family to encourage and equip families to thrive.
  3. Groups: LifeBridge launches waves of small groups for six to eight weeks leading up to a community seminar. The seminar is followed up by a new wave of groups. This cycle repeats twice a year. The current groups wave includes six groups meeting in Tacoma, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, Lacey and Online, leading up to a community Mental Health & Relationship Seminar on Feb. 24–25, 2023.

LifeBridge Church gathers for groups at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. on Sabbaths in University Place, Washington. LifeBridge members live missionally at home, work and play. They prayerfully look for opportunities to make friends, eat with people and invite them into groups. There they make friends, grow spiritually, get involved in serving and are invited to worship gatherings and seminars where they can grow, make decisions for Christ and become leaders. So far, LifeBridge has celebrated more than 20 changed lives through baptism, rebaptism and profession of faith (many from unchurched backgrounds).

LifeBridge wants to help start more church plants in the near future. They want to see every person in the Tacoma area and beyond receive a meaningful invitation into a Jesus-centered life! They invite people to join them in the mission to “live a life that changes others forever.”

Featured in: March/April 2023