Chapter 9 – Bridging Growth


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Explain what is meant by “bridging growth” of the church.
  • Provide a Bible reference explaining God’s plan for “bridging growth” of the church.
  • Identify the key New Testament leader in “bridging growth.”
  • Summarize methods Paul used in extending the Gospel to other cultures.


The last chapter concerned extension growth which occurs when a church plants a new church in a similar culture. It should be considered together with this lesson which concerns bridging growth.

The same principles necessary for extension growth of the church are used in bridging growth and vice versa. This means everything discussed in the last chapter is applicable to bridging growth. But bridging growth also requires some special methods and these are the subject of this chapter.

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.