Thereʼs a lot going on at The Ridge. Between weekend services, LifeGroups, classes and special events, there's always something happening.
But how do you stay connected and up to date? While we do announce a few things from the stage each weekend we can't always cover everything. On the back of the weekly message handout you will find a summary of some of the things happening at The Ridge. One of the best ways to keep informed though, is to give us your email address so we can add you to "The Feed." This is a weekly email that gives you the most information about what's happening in and around The Ridge. You can give us that by filling out a Connection Card and dropping it in an offering box after a service.
In order for us to get your contact information please be sure to fill out a connection card. When you fill out a connection card for the first time, on the weekend, we put that information into "the link". We use the link to keep track of your contact information so we better connect and communicate with you and your family. This is also where we keep your family information for our RidgeKids registration.
While the link is mostly desisigned for our leaders to better connect with you and communicate, you can sign up for access yourself HERE. By signing in to the link you can update your contact information, join ministry groups, set up recurring online giving and track your giving records. You can find out more about serving and see your schedule if you are serving already. The link is also like an online church directory.
If you're new to The Ridge, you probably have a lot of questions. Like, "How do I plug in?" and "What's a LifeGroup?" "What do you believe?" and "Can I become a member?"
You can find answers to these questions and more at Starting Point. This four-week class will introduce you to our basic beliefs and how we live out those beliefs at The Ridge.
In the Starting Point class, we spend time going over the Gospel, which is central to our church. We also talk about the basic disciplines that are part of our journey as Christ-followers.
After Starting Point, you'll be given the opportunity to join a LifeGroup, where people from The Ridge connect on a deeper level.
Starting Point meets at The Ridge during the 9:30 service. The next Starting Point class is beginning soon, so sign up at the Welcome Center, or by searching for the Starting Point Group on the link.
We're glad you've come to The Ridge. And we want you to know what to do next. The place to find that out is Starting Point. Be there!
If your only experience with The Ridge is attending our weekend services, you're missing out.
When we become Christ-followers, we join a community, and we grow in our faith when we share our lives with others so LifeGroups are where we learn how to live our Christian lives together and experience REAL LIFE CHANGE. At The Ridge we believe a great way to do this is in circles rather than rows. While we are excited to have you attend our services on the weekends and join others in the rows, that is only one to two hours of the 168 hours in your week. There is a lot of life happening in that reamining 166 hours and studying, wrestling, and seeking hard after God is best done in community or a circle.
A LifeGroup is made up of 8-12 people from all different spiritual backgrounds, and people who are in different places in their spiritual journey. Groups typically meet for about 90 minutes in a host home or at the church where they explore, discuss, share and pray together. On occasion all of our groups study the same thing but usually each group or group leader decides on the curriculum for that semester. We do have groups meeting most nights of the week and a few during the daytime, so that lets you find a group that best fits your schedule and meets other practical concerns.
Below are some of the things that happen when we study and learn together in LifeGroups:
We work to fulfill the Great Commission. Iron sharpens iron, and together we push one another to love Jesus more.
We build fellowship. The early Christians devoted themselves to fellowship, and God honored them in this (Acts 2:42). And you can't fellowship on your own.
We fight against pride, realizing we're not the only ones with the "right" answer. On your own, you're prone to thinking you've got the best angle, the most understanding, and all of the "right" answers. If you thought you didn't, you'd change your mind, right?
Past experiences are (at least) doubled, adding new flavors and angles to the truth. You only have one past, one set of experiences, and one mind. Therefore, you only have one insight into the vast depth of Scripture.
We can laugh together. And that's vital for our growth. If you laugh on your own, while it's just you and God talking, people look at you weird.
We don't get "stuck" on questions. We're less prone to getting stuck, because we can help each other out.
There's built-in accountability. I can't shortcut the process of learning if I'm constantly being pushed and challenged by someone else. Alone, though, it's easy to disappear, not process, and not challenge myself.
You're prone to being narrow-minded by yourself. We can so easily dive straight into narrow-minded legalism and bigotry when we make our faith only about ourselves.
You only have two ears to hear from God. When you read the Scriptures and study them alone, you're limited to your own ears. God speaks to other people besides you. You know that, right?
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12).10. Obeying God is hard. Trying to understand and obey the Scriptures will break you if you go it alone.
We start our LifeGroups in the fall, after New Year's and again after Easter. The groups meet in homes in Brookville and other communities or at The Ridge. Watch for the announcement in the weekend services and on the link to sign up. If you are fairly new to The Ridge we do recommend, before joining a LifeGroup, that you attend one of our Starting Point classes. For more information contact Jim Dickey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Almost everything you see and don't see happen at The Ridge is done by volunteers. Whether it be fresh mowed grass, greeters at the doors, teachers in your child’s classroom, enjoying a cup of coffee or tea before service, clean bathrooms stocked with toiletries, musicians on stage leading us in worship, or any number of other ways—chances are you’ve been served by a faithful volunteer giving up time and talent to serve Jesus by serving you. A key part of our belief that the church belongs to all of us and we need to serve Christ through it.
At The Ridge, we intentionally keep our budget and staff small and rely on a huge community of volunteers who love Jesus and love to serve His church.
We believe serving others is essential to growing in our spiritual lives. That's why it's part of our Next Steps process. Maybe you have a great skill that you would love to use here. Or maybe you're not sure what you could do, but you want to give serving a try. Either way, we will work hard to find you the right place to help out.
If you consider The Ridge your church, we ask you to serve as a volunteer. By doing so, you’re an essential part of helping others meet Jesus. And if you’re a member, you’ve committed to serve generously as part of your membership covenant.
There are a number of opportunities to serve at The Ridge. To find out how you can serve, drop us a note on your connection card, email us, search the link or ask about serving at the welcome center.
Serving in the church is one of the best ways to train up and learn how to serve and love others outside the church. Think of it as a boot camp to open your heart and mind to others and how you are wired to best do that in the outside world.
At The Ridge we offer a variety of adult classes on practical subjects, such as Finances, Marriage and Parenting. There are also some specific things that we want you to know, and so we offer classes on a regular basis to cover these topics.
The first class to take is Starting Point. That's where you'll learn a lot about us, and we can get to know you as well. After that, we have three other classes in our Next Steps process: Discovering Community, Discovering My Shape and Discovering My Mission.
We also offer other classes that study the Bible and what we believe. These include books of the Bible, Bible Doctrine, and Spiritual Disciplines. These classes are offered at different times through the year.
All of these classes are announced in our weekend services, on our calendar page and in The Feed, so keep your eyes open and pick the ones that interest you.
As members of the Christian community and The Ridge Church we are part of an exclusive team assembled by God to serve others in Brookville, Montgomery County, the midwest and the world. We are trustees of the great commission that God has set forth as a command for us as Christians to:
"...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19).
At The Ridge, we believe that the real emphasis is not actually on the "go" part but on the on the "make disciples" part. It is the responsibility of every follower to make disciples. This may take place in your own household or thousands of miles away. This often seems scary to people but we are not alone in this calling Jesus tells us in Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” You see when we answer the call to make disciples God is with us, in the form of the Holy Spirit, to make that happen.
We focus our missions efforts in some key strategic ways that you can join us in if that is where God is calling you to.
Our local missions consists of an annual Family Car Clinic each fall. Our Vacation Bible School and our Kids Outdoor Day are geared towards introducing children to Jesus Christ. We also work with those in need through our HOPE ministries. As well as always keeping our eyes and ears open to be able to respond to other various needs in our community.
The Ridge is also committed to go beyond our community. We help fund, equip and send our own missionary teams to:
Target Dayton - We have a team that works with Target Dayton Ministries every 4th Saturday of the month. If you can't make it then you are still welcome to join the other churches on Saturday or Sunday evenings. You could even serve as a LifeGroup or other ministry group. To learn more or to sign up email email@example.com
Builders for Christ - Each year we commit to sending a team to one of the many church building projects that are being facilitated by the "Builders for Christ" organization.
Peru - At least once a year we send a team to a few specific villages in the Andes Mountains of Peru. There we share the love and gospel of Jesus Christ as well as help disciple and equip the local believers already there.
You might also be interested to know that The Ridge gives a percentage of our giving to organizations and ministries outside our church. Every year, we support our own benevolence ministry, new churches in Ohio and throughout the U.S. Also, through our affiliation with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), we support disaster relief efforts and help provide food and clothing for the poor all around the U.S. and the world. When you give to The Ridge, a portion of what you give goes to these ministries and toward helping many who are in need locally and in our global community.
For more information regarding missions and how and where you can join in at The Ridge email firstname.lastname@example.org
For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form:
7555 Brookville Phillipsburg Rd
Brookville OH 45309