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Dr. Bridgeforth lives in the Los Angeles area. Holds Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership (Pepperdine) and a Master of Divinity degree (Claremont School of Theology). While completing his studies at Claremont, Cedrick worked as an Admissions Counselor and was later appointed as Director of Alumni and Church Relations (2001-2003). He earned a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. In addition to serving as a pastor, Cedrick has served as Director of Academic Programs and Outreach and as a course instructor at the University of La Verne’s Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies. Bridgeforth published a book “Thoughts and Prayers” (2012) and he is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Pastoral experience includes service as Lead Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church (2018- ), Santa Ana United Methodist Church (2015-2017), Crenshaw United Methodist Church (2003-2008), and Bowen Memorial United Church (1999-2003). Dr. Bridgeforth served as District Superintendent within the California-Pacific Conference (2008-2015)
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Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting.
I Am a Church Member begins to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members, addressing without apology what is expected of those who join a body of believers. When a person's attitude is consistently biblical and healthy, matters of giving, serving, and so forth will fall into place more naturally.
No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying... From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it’s not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged.
Time is your most important God-given resource no matter how hard you work, you can't make a day last longer than twenty-four hours. As a pastor, you may grapple with overlapping activities, growing calendar demands and the challenges of balancing your ministry, family and personal health without shortchanging any of these areas. Add to this the expectation to always be available thanks to today's technology, and you are left feeling overwhelmed, unfocused and frustrated.
The need for talented, vigorous leaders in the church cannot be overemphasized. Such times demand active service of men and women who are guided by and devoted to Jesus Christ. Spiritual Leadership stands as a proven classic for developing such leadership...presents the key principles of leadership in both the temporal and spiritual realms. He illustrates his points with examples from Scripture and biographies of eminent men of God, such as Moses, Nehemiah, the apostle Paul, David Livingstone, Charles Spurgeon, and others.
The Laity Fix examines the challenges and opportunities within today's faith communities. It poses questions that many congregations face and offers answers that can be applied. Leaders across faith communities can increase their personal leadership contributions through the use of the suggestions offered...The Laity Fix demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of differences and the immeasurable value congregations have to address myriad spiritual, social, and economic conditions.
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