Serving Leaders And Communities



Brad A. Watson (M.A. in Theology) serves as a pastor of Bread&Wine Communities in Portland, Oregon. He lives in southeast Portland with his wife and their two daughters.

Brad helps people form gospel-centered communities that love God and serve their city. He has the privilege of coaching church leaders on how to form gospel communities on mission.

Brad is the author of Called Together: A Guide to Forming Missional Communities (GCD Books) and Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection (Zondervan). He is the executive director of Gospel Centered Discipleship and GCD Books.

Brad writes because he enjoys communicating his ideas and loves the craft. His writing encourages, challenges, and helps followers of Jesus as they live on  mission. Brad loves connecting the gospel with its implications for our daily lives. He writes about community, character, coaching, and leadership.  Read more about Brad’s story.

If you follow Jesus you may never see revival, but you are guaranteed one thing: Jesus.


How a Refugee Family Changed Our Community

In the summer of 2015, my missional community shifted our common mission away from my neighborhood and direct neighbors toward refugees. The Spirit worked through novels, newspapers, and the Scriptures to direct our community in unison toward this overwhelming focus of a people marginalized not only in our city but the world. We were a community of technology consultants, teachers, counselors, taxi drivers, translators, students, nurses, environmental scientists, and writers. We had no idea what we were signing up for. Our journey brought us into friendship with a Burmese family and into contact with Christ in a way that has left us changed. I share our story today because it is an example of missional community that you could follow.

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Good Reading

My wife and I are avid readers. I was asked once again this week for a “gospel-centered reading list”. So, Mirela and I took the time to make this list. If we had to give a new disciple a list of  books (that doesn’t include the Bible), this is what we would give them. This […]

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Rethink The Ideal Missional Community

When our missional community was just Mirela and me, mission was pretty simple. We shopped, ate, and recreated locally within our neighborhood and began making friends. We invited co-workers over to hang out and life moved along as we made friends and shared the gospel. We both worked flexible jobs and didn’t have many friends or family […]

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The Advent Feast

he hopelessness, war, doubt, and selfishness of our worlds are directly correlated to our participation in that meal. That meal made Advent necessary. God arrives to remove the separation caused by sin, to resurrect the death consumed, and to destroy the evil digested.

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The Importance of Commitment

After laying the foundation of the gospel, the easiest way to continue moving forward is to create a missional commitment or what some call a covenant. This commitment is to God, one another, and your city. Essentially, the group decides together how they will be and grow as a missional community.

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What I Learned in Europe

Last week, I had the privilege of returning to Europe to participate in a gathering of over a hundred European believers, church planters, and missional community leaders. Before the trip becomes too distant a memory, I decided to jot down and share some of my impressions, learnings, and prayers.

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You can force people into mission with guilt & peer pressure. People only stay on mission when motivated by God's love.


Brad spends his life investing in and encouraging leaders whether they are starting missional communities, churches, businesses, or non-profits.  He helps people take simple steps of forward movement toward their goals. Brad’s coaching style is to listen to leaders and help them process decision, strategies, and opportunities.

Brad comes to coaching relationships with eight years of church leadership experience, including over five years as a member of a church planting team. He has masters degree in Theology and Biblical studies.

Brad also earned a degree in international business and has management experience and training within Fortune 500 companies. He has received over 100 hours of International Coaching Federation certified coaching training and has logged over 500 hours of coaching missional community leaders, pastors, entrepreneurs, and leadership teams. 

Brad loves coaching leaders of churches who are engaging in gospel communities on mission.

"What Brad and the crew at Bread and Wine are doing in Portland is groundbreaking. They are re-teaching us how to be the church in the city..." John Mark Comer, Pastor of A Jesus Church.



The  Missional Community Series

Called Together: A Guide to Forming Missional Communities
This eight week curriculum helps a community walk through the foundations and implications of the gospel, community, and mission.

Sent Together: How the Gospel Sends Leaders to Start Missional Communities
This book offers leaders an introduction to why we start missional communities, what they are, and how to lead them.

Multiply Together: A Guide to Sending and Coaching Missional Communities
This book is for the pastors, equippers, and coaches of missional communities covering the process of multiplication and coaching missional community leaders.

Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection

raised (1) Did Jesus really beat death? That’s what Christians for hundreds of years have believed, that Jesus Christ returned to life after death and burial in a stone tomb. To the modern mind, “resurrection” is utterly implausible, but it was also doubtful to many first-century Greeks, Jews, and even some Christians. With such an incredible assertion at the heart of the Christian faith, it’s no wonder that some people struggle to believe.

Too often Christians look down on doubt, but in Christ, we see a person who welcomes doubt and encourages faith. Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson don’t shy away from the hard questions or settle for easy answers. They help you to see how the resurrection offers hope for the future and answers for the life and death questions we all face.

Available as an e-book and paperback. Published by Zondervan, 2014.

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