“So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.”

Psalm 71:18

December 12th, 2021

Each year, we take time to reflect on where God has been at work in our midst and dream of ways we can partner with Him through our Year End Offering.  This year, we see a new fire inside the next generation of our church, spurring us on to join in this incredible energy God has fueled, and intentionally invest in equipping and discipling those “next in line.”


Through your partnership and generosity, we will focus on 3 key initiatives:


In January 2022, we will launch a Young Adults ministry. In addition to that, we will upgrade our equipment and technology so that we are able to create and capture gospel-rich content that fills the digital platforms where this generation—and surely those to come after—are influenced.


We will further resource our Bridge Students and Bridge Kids ministries by ramping up the staffing and leadership inside these ministries so that we can continue to maximize our ability to reach the next generation and raise up the kids and teenagers who will one day lead our church.


We will invest in updating and creating more spaces for the next generation to connect within our church buildings, both in Spring Hill and Columbia, including a physical Bridge Students space in Columbia, as well as more classrooms for Bridge Plus, which serves special needs families in our Bridge Kids environments each week.


But studies show that the age group that is leaving the church the quickest right now is the next generation, ages 18-29. One study says that 3 of every five young Christians will disconnect from the church after they turn just 15. This is the generation that has been the most connected generation in the history of the world… yet they are the least connected to the spiritual family of the church.

Scripture is filled with story after story of "baton-passing"—stories of the mission of God staying alive as one generation passes on the baton of faith to those coming after them. These are stories like Moses to Joshua, David to Solomon, even Jesus to His disciples. 

But one bad handoff is described in Judges 2:10, where it says: "After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel.”

It is our prayer that this would not be our story. By investing in the next generation in strategic ways, we pray to raise up the future leaders of our church and churches all around the world. Our hope is that our generations would become one team, running together, ready for the exchange that keeps the mission of the church alive for generations to come.


May our prayer be as it’s written in Psalm 71:18: “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.”

Leave A Legacy

When you give, you become part of a legacy of faithfulness.

Vision requires provision, and we simply ask that you pray how God would have you be a part of making a difference. Then, simply follow in obedience.

Your generosity goes further than you can imagine and will be used by God to continue cultivating story after story of lives changed for His glory.


Konnor has been a part of The Bridge since 7th grade and will be helping launch Young Adults. Jeremiah serves in Bridge Students and has a daughter in Bridge Kids. 

Hear how Next Generation ministries have impacted them and their families, and why they believe in investing in the next in line.

Mark and Kimberly Johnson have been attending The Bridge for ten years and launched the first young adults group in our church, beginning with about a dozen students and quickly growing it to over 70 in a matter of a few short years. 

All along the way, they've witnessed incredible stories of lives changed, and for them, The Garden Young Adults is what they call "an answered prayer."