In 2017, the Session of High Bridge Presbyterian Church approved a brief mission statement.
Raised to new life in Christ Jesus our Lord, we desire to:
Worship God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit;
Love the Lord Our God with our whole heart, mind, and soul;
Love our neighbors in Southern Rockbridge County, region, and world;
Promote an environment of spiritual growth and discipleship by heading the words of the Apostle Paul when he writes: “…God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16, The Message)
At their February 2022 meeting, the Session adopted this Vision Statement as an extension of the Mission Statement, a way to live out that mission at this moment in the church’s life.
We believe that High Bridge Presbyterian Church is currently being called by God to continue sharing our Spirit-given gifts of hospitality, fellowship, and care for children and families and to grow in our intentional witness and sense of communal mission to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the fundamental principles of growth is to flexibility. Yes, that means embracing change. Trying things. Seeing what connects, what doesn’t. What brings life, joy, and deeper faith, and what doesn’t. It also means refraining from making the new the new forever. It’s the new – for now. Until the Spirit moves again.
This Vision will not only help guide the church in the months and perhaps years to come. It can serve as an invitation to the pastor God is calling to join you in ministry. May God strengthen High Bridge Presbyterian Church as you live into the vision before you. May the person God is calling to partner with you in ministry hear and see that call through your mission, vision, and service.