The Central California Conference and the Northern California Conference have joined together to bring the good news about Jesus to the cities of Oakland and San Francisco. Our joint effort is called Bridges: Bay Area for Jesus.
We believe that Jesus is the Bridge between heaven and earth, showing us how much God loves us and desires to save us. We also believe that Christ’s followers can serve as bridges to bring people to Him, and just as there are several bridges that connect our two conferences, there are many bridges to connect people in our territories. We need to bridge these gaps between churches, pastors and members by unifying behind a common goal: making disciples for Jesus throughout the Bay Area.
There is no “quick fix” when it comes to evangelism—especially to the cosmopolitan, post-modern people who live in Oakland and San Francisco. If we want our efforts to be meaningful and long lasting, we need to forge relationships, which only happens over time. Through the local area churches, through conference programs, through person-to-person friendships, we hope to bring many people into a saving relationship with Jesus.
Even in the early years of Adventism, our pioneers acknowledged the difficulties of reaching the cities, but they believed that the Lord would bless their outreach efforts. “There is a great work to be done in San Francisco and Oakland,” wrote Ellen White more than 100 years ago. “The Lord will use humble men in these great cities. He can work with those who will labor in His fear. He will give evidence of His power to sincere workers and to sincere inquirers after truth, who desire not only to know but perform His will” (MS Release, Vol. 4, p. 235).
Let us all pray for humility, sincerity and wisdom to know the Lord’s will as we make plans for this outreach to win the Bay Area for Jesus!
“A lot of people are ready and willing to study the Word of God. We need people who will really focus on the work here.”
Roldan Abello, Associate Pastor • San Francisco Central Church
“What would happen if the will of God is done in Oakland, as it is in heaven? … How about in San Francisco? And what would it take on our part, creatively and intentionally, to answer Christ’s prayer? My dream is that this program is indeed that answer.”
Jonathan Henderson, Pastor • Grand Advent Church
“Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
(John 4:35, 36, NIV)
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’”
(Matthew 9:37, 38, NKJV)
Bridges - Oakland
This video shows the needs of the Oakland community.