We Are Passionate About Connecting People To Jesus For Life Change.
This passion motivates us to pursue encounters with the living God, equip one another to love and serve, and engage our world for Jesus.
We desire for every person in the Raleigh area to have an opportunity to respond to the message of Jesus Christ. We believe the church is the primary vehicle to carry out the mission of Jesus and to redeem people back to Himself.
- Life change happens when we encounter the living God.
- A genuine encounter with God happens when we see Him accurately and respond appropriately.
- This means every time we gather, we pursue the presence of the One who formed us, pursues us, redeems us,
and loves us unconditionally.
- We are created for a purpose and we are committed to equipping one another to fulfill that purpose.
- This means we learn together. This means we are disciples making disciples, encouraging one another to love and serve those around us.
- This means we celebrate the process and we remember that we are all in need of a Savior everyday.
- Every follower of Jesus has a mission and an opportunity to make an impact daily.
- This means we are not consumers, but doers who pursue opportunities to engage others with the life-changing message of Jesus.
- This means we own our impact and that the love of Jesus compels us to live engaged on mission together.
What We Believe
At Southbridge, we hold several core beliefs about the Bible, humanity, Jesus, salvation, the church, life after death, and more.
God has revealed Himself in this incredibly relevant, supernatural book called the Bible. We don’t want to miss anything He has to say about Himself or how we relate to Him. Therefore, expository teaching is the primary way we teach. This is not the only way we teach, but it is the primary way.
The church is to be governed by a plurality of biblically qualified elders who provide spiritual oversight and guard the mission and values of the body. In prayerful dependence and diligent commitment to the authority of God’s Word, the elders’ role is to determine how the Lord, who is the Head of the body, wishes to direct His Church.
The New Testament church was led by teams. Our approach to leadership
follows this same model. We are served by a pastoral team of individuals who function in specific roles based upon gifting and calling. In various ministries, teams comprised of pastoral staff and lay leadership give direction and oversight.
ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS
Southbridge Fellowship is a safe place to ask tough questions. Some people believe they can’t ask questions because it might reveal they do not “have it all together.” We believe that asking questions (and yes, we mean tough questions) is a healthy way to grow.
ASKING “SO WHAT?!” QUESTIONS
Because Truth must be applied to be experienced, we will call people to apply the Truth and provide opportunities for people to live out the Truth. We will regularly ask ourselves, “So What?!,” as a means of moving the Truth beyond something we know in our heads, to something we believe in our hearts and live through our hands and feet.
THE BELIEF & TRUST IN A BIG GOD
We believe that God is so big that there is nothing He cannot do. We are a community of people who have seen and desire to see God do big things. When we say “big”, we mean things that we have to step back and give Him credit for. Have you ever seen, done, or experienced something that left you wondering, “How in the world was that possible?” Those are the God-things that we trust, remember, and praise Him for.
We desire to see people realize that nothing is too big or small for God. He is the God who creates new life, parts the sea, knows our words before we speak them, and knows the number of hairs on our head.
THE PRIORITY & POWER OF RELATIONSHIP
One mark of our maturity is the measure of our relational depth and integrity. We will not ignore conflict or relational problems. Rather, we will embrace them as a pathway to intimacy by learning to resolve conflict, forgive, and live in true committed friendships.
Genuine relational intimacy and significant growth are inseparable. God changes people and reveals Himself in the context of people learning to live life together. This is why we see small groups as an essential ministry.
THE RESPONSIBILITY & IMPORTANCE OF EQUIPPING
The role of the pastoral team is to equip every Christ-follower to live life biblically, experience the joy of spiritual influence, and embrace the privilege of being used by God for a transcendent cause.
Rather than focusing on events that people invite others to attend, our emphasis is on equipping people to be confidently unleashed as an irresistible influence where they live, work, and play.
HOW IS SOUTHBRIDGE LED?
We believe Jesus Christ is the head of the church and that local congregations in the New Testament were led by a plurality of leaders (overseers, pastors, elders). We are led by a plurality of elders who seek and submit to the leadership of Jesus. We also believe that since we have one Spirit, one Lord, and one baptism (Ephesians 4:5) that the Spirit will lead our elder team to make decisions with unanimity. In addition to the elder team, we also have a team of pastors on our full-time staff who oversee various ministry areas according to calling, gifting, skill, and capacity.
DOES SOUTHBRIDGE HAVE AN EVANGELISM PROGRAM?
One mark of an individual’s spiritual growth and health is that they are becoming evangelistically bold. We want to share the hope of Jesus Christ with our community and the world. We believe evangelism is best accomplished in our culture when each person in the church is seeking to share the reality of Jesus Christ in their respective relational networks.
We provide church-wide events for everyone to participate in. These events help equip the body to see that they can love others and share the gospel in their everyday life.
WHAT DENOMINATION IS SOUTHBRIDGE?
Southbridge is a non-denominational church for two reasons:
First, we exist to make a big deal about Jesus, not a subsect or specific group of Jesus’ followers (often called a denomination, association, and or network).
Second, no one denomination accurately represents who we are as a church. When you attend Southbridge, you will meet people from every church background (Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Charismatic, Pentecostal, Assemblies of God, Church of God, Episcopalian, etc.), including those with little to no church background.
However, we also recognize that there is a great benefit to being a part of a larger organization. Because of that, we partner with other like-minded networks, associations, denominations, and organizations because we know we don’t have all the answers, and we realize that our impact is more significant when we work in partnership with others who have the same goals we do, even if we disagree on what we consider secondary issues.
We determine our strategic partnerships based on two main factors. First, do our beliefs concerning Jesus and the Bible align. Second, are we on the same mission with the same focus.
We currently work with two strategic partners :
Fellowship Network of Churches: Sharing ideas and church planting.
Southern Baptist Convention: Developing and sending missionaries, disaster relief, and church planting.
DOES SOUTHBRIDGE OFFER SUNDAY SCHOOL?
Our adult interaction, teaching, connecting, and encouragement occur primarily in our small groups that meet throughout the week, a context we believe best facilitates our mission of connecting people to Jesus for life change.
We do not have traditional adult Sunday School. Instead, our emphasis on Sunday mornings is participation in our worship services and serving in various ministry opportunities, especially in the Bridge Kids children’s ministry. Multiple services allow adults the opportunity to worship and then serve as teachers, volunteers, and small group leaders for our children.
Or it allows adults to worship and then serve in various areas required on Sunday mornings.
IS THERE ANY HELP FOR SOMEONE FACING OR RECOVERING FROM A DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCE OR CRISIS?
Our primary way of providing support and care in times of crisis and difficulty, whether emotional, physical, or spiritual, is through the relationships you establish in our small group ministry. We also offer pastoral counseling and referrals to trusted Christian counselors in the Raleigh-Durham area.
For immediate assistance, direction, or counsel, please contact our office by calling 919-789-9955. Someone will gladly meet with you or make sure you are connected to the resources you need. There is hope in Jesus Christ in whatever you are facing, and we desire that this hope becomes a reality in your Christian experience.