Why build now?

This building expansion will be the long-term solution for our campus. This will address our current Kids ministry capacity issues, as well as provide room to grow for generations to come.
Our campus is marked with the growth we’ve had with Kids. We currently have four buildings that house them each Sunday and during midweek events. We’ve stewarded each step of growth throughout our history with a building expansion. These necessary “band aid” solutions have served us so well; however, they have reached their capacity to accommodate any future growth.

kids growth at the bridge


THE BEGINNING - Laurelglen Bible Church (LBC) acquired 25 acres of property on the outskirts of town in west Bakersfield. Three years later, LBC commissioned 75 families to start The Bridge Bible Church on the Stockdale Highway property. In 2003, The Bridge was birthed and had its first gathering in the multi-purpose room of Bakersfield Christian High School (BCHS).


PHASE 1 - Now 600 people, The Bridge moves onto the Stockdale campus in its first buildings - the Worship Center & the All Stars kids building.


SAFAR LAND 1 - Experiencing rapid growth, The Bridge quickly outgrew the new buildings. A temporary Safari Land kids building was added and the Worship Center was expanded from 400 to 700 seats.


SAFARI LAND 2 - After growing to five gatherings on a given weekend, The Bridge added a 200-seat balcony in the Worship Center and built a second Safari Land kids building.


SAFARI LAND 3 - With continued growth, The Bridge had to add yet a third Safari Land kids building to accommodate the growth in Kids Ministry.

We need space!

The good news is that God has already provided us with enough space through the radically generous gift of this twenty-five acre property.

God CareS, We Care, I Care