The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project is an initiative of Shepherd of the Valley in response to the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. As a church, we want to wisely use the gifts and talents God has richly blessed our congregation with to build bridges of connection, hope, and change with and among communities that have long lived in relative isolation.

The Bridge Project follows the LIFE model of missions and outreach used at Shepherd. LIFE stands for,

Learn | We spend time learning about the situation and needs before we serve.
Invest | We invest our skills, resources, and talents in helping others.
Fellowship | We connect with our partners in community and fellowship, building long-term relationships.
Encourage | We support and encourage our partners over the long-term to produce lasting change.

Step 1 | Learn

While it is natural to want to help at the outset of a crisis, if we only focus on the immediate needs and do not take a look at what got us here in the first place, we are placing a band-aid on the situation. To begin with The Bridge Project, use the resources below to learn about the history of racial injustice and how you can join in making a difference.

To Watch

Become the Bridge | Conversation with Pastor Steven Furtick and Pastor John Gray, Elevation Church | Free Discussion Guide

A Conversation on Race and Restoration in the Body of Christ | Dr. Anita Phillips and Christine Caine

Dear White People | Emmanuel Acho

For Groups

The Church and the Racial Divide, Finding Unity in the Race-Transcending Gospel | Trevor Atwood | 6 sessions, study guide & DVD

Oneness Embraced | Tony Evans | 6 video sessions, RightNow Media

The Color of Compromise | Jemar Tisby | 12 video sessions, RightNow Media

For Kids

The Gospel in Color—For Kids | Curtis A. Woods and Jarvis J Williams | $9.95 Digital Download

God’s Very Good Idea | Trillia Newbell | $10.99 Hardcover

Common Sense Media Guide to Teach about Racism | Free Resource List

Step 2 | Invest

Below are several serving opportunities where you can invest your time, finances, and prayer. These partners are focused on building relationships, helping food insecurity, and working on education inequality right here in the Twin Cities. Our hope is that these opportunities to serve will not simply be a one-time event. Our intention is to connect you with the people, organizations, and efforts that are committed to making lasting change so you can find ways to use the gifts God has blessed you with to directly support and impact their work.

Relationship Building

Urban Ventures | Urban Ventures is working with small businesses to determine what they need to rebuild. As those needs are identified, they will email volunteer opportunities. Sign up to receive updates.

East Immanuel Church | Join East Immanuel Church for Hot Dog Outreach every Thursday, 5:00–7:00 pm. Sign up to volunteer. The church is also accepting donations throughout the summer for hot dogs, buns, soda, water, individual chips, juice boxes, ketchup, and mustard. Drop-off at 1173 Payne Avenue, St. Paul, Mondays–Wednesdays, 9:00 am–2:00 pm, or Thursdays, 5:00–7:00 pm. Email Tracy for details.

Sanctuary Covenant Church | Sanctuary Covenant Church in North Minneapolis is doing essential item distribution and food delivery. Sign up to volunteer and for a list of needed donations.

Food Insecurity

Sheridan Story | Sheridan Story is currently partnered with Shepherd to help meet food insecurity needs in the valley. Food donations are accepted every day 10:00 am–2:00 pm at their warehouse, 2723 Patton Road, Roseville. The warehouse is also in need of volunteers (age 8 & up). Sign up to volunteer.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church In-The-Midway | Bethlehem Lutheran is providing essential item distribution and serving free meals every. Other outreach opportunities vary by day and as needs arise. Follow Bethlehem’s Facebook page to receive updates.

Urban Ventures Farming | Urban Ventures operates a 6 acre farm in Lakeville growing produce to help meet the needs of food insecurity in the city. Right now they are working hard to meet the newest food insecurity needs while not able to have their normal farm workers due to COVID-19. Volunteers are needed to meet the need (age 14 & up). Sign up to volunteer.

Education Inequity

Hope Academy | Started in 2000, Hope Academy is a private, Christ-centered, classical academy founded as an opportunity-equalizer for urban youth. Its mission is to foster hope in God in the inner-city by providing youth with a remarkable, Christ-centered education. Learn more and donate.

Christ’s Children Ministry | Located near 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis, Pastor Chris and Lisa provide spiritual discipleship, mentoring, outreach, and more for young black men and their families through Christ’s Children Ministry. Learn more and donate.