Our preferred future for the church and God’s kingdom here on earth:
Woodridge Community Church exists to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ by being an authentic community of faith that starts new communities of faith, in every generation and nation.
How we go about implementing our vision in the big picture by all of our ministries:
Connecting – People to God and each other
Growing – Together into the likeness of Christ
Impacting – Our world and the next generation
Woodridge was formed in 1988 by Pastor Dave Mobley, his wife Brenda, and a small group of people from around the Milwaukee area. The church is affiliated with Converge Great Lakes (www.convergegreatlakes.org) and has grown through the years to more than 400 regular attendees. The original goal remains the same now as it was then: to reach out with the message of God’s grace and the hope of new life in Jesus Christ to those people disenfranchised by previous church experiences and anyone else who is looking for a place to join a warm and loving church family. In October 2013 Pastor Dave and Brenda have accepted a call at Faith Church in New Richmond, Wisconsin. This position will allow Pastor Dave to preach occasionally and engage in training our next generation of church leaders.
Then, now and forever, Woodridge is committed to proclaiming the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through word and deed. We are in every way a Gospel-Centered ministry. It is the reason we exist. Pastor Luke Dufek is our Pastor of Preaching and Vision. Pastor Luke’s passion for a Gospel-Centered ministry has been demonstrated over the years as he has been here at Woodridge first as our Youth Pastor and seminary student, then as our Associate Pastor and now as our Pastor of Preaching and Vision.
Our Leadership Structure
We believe in something called the priesthood of the believer. We believe that the clergy are not specifically endowed with any more right of access or supernatural gifting than one of the people sitting in the chairs. We believe that through the empowering of the Holy Spirit all Christians are given spiritual gifts that are meant to be shared for their benefit, for the benefit of the church, for the benefit of those who have not heard the Good News and for the glory of God himself. Our pastors and paid church staff are unique in that group in that God has called them to minister those gifts vocationally.
Woodridge’s leadership model is as an Elder led congregation. Members of the congregation vote to place the elder representatives onto the elder council. This council then works with the Senior Pastor of Preaching and Vision and the Pastor of Administration and Implementation to develop and carry out the plans for the church, to shepherd the congregation’s spiritual growth and to govern matters that are necessarily brought to their attention from time to time.
Our Core Values
We value Personal Discipleship for continued progress in becoming like Christ with the Gospel as the center of our lives.
Therefore, Woodridgers are encouraged to mature their relationship with Jesus through prayer, Bible study, and other spiritual disciplines. (Philippians 3:10-11; 2 Timothy 2:2)
We value Corporate Worship for bringing glory to God and to His people.
Therefore, Woodridgers are encouraged toward full and regular participation in the Sunday worship service. (John 4:23; Hebrews 12:28)
We value Community Groups within the church for accountability and fellowship.
Therefore, Woodridgers are encouraged to participate in a Community Group. (Hebrews 10:24-25; James 5:16)
We value Meaningful Service for the building up of the church.
Therefore, Woodridgers are encouraged to employ their unique giftedness in a ministry of their choice. (1 Corinthians 12:7; 4:2)
We value the Responsible Stewardship of our resources for the glory of God.
Therefore, Woodridgers are encouraged to invest their time, abilities, and finances with wisdom and discipline. (2 Corinthians 9:8,11)
We value Community Outreach for bringing outsiders into the family of God.
Therefore, Woodridgers are encouraged to witness for Jesus and invite others into our fellowship. (2 Timothy 4:5; Colossians 4:3-5)
We value the Local Gospel-centered Church for advancing the Kingdom of God on earth.
Therefore, Woodridgers are encouraged to support their church and its endeavors in starting new churches. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 16:18-20)