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Reaching Friends: What is Mission Progress?

Prism Church exists to Revive Believers, Reach Friends and Renew Culture for the glory of Jesus Christ. 

If you’ve had any exposure to orthodox/evangelical Christianity, you may have sensed that in large churches and movements there is a particular emphasis on size. Pastor Chuck calls this the American church’s “‘Great’ BIG Problem.” We have measured success by the world’s standards, and  created a few new results categories with which we measure ourselves.

At Prism we do have measurable goals. However, those goals aren’t just numerical. It’d be difficult for us to have 500 people at Prism, none of whom had significant relationships at the church, and call that success. Additionally, saying we want to REACH FRIENDS (those who used to go to church and those who’ve never been) is just talk if it never happens.

Furthermore, we measure the quality of our friendships (both with each other and with our unchurched friends) by how loving and enduring we are. If we bail on church friendships when they hit bumps in the road, we have done the opposite of our professed experience with Jesus. The antithesis of the Gospel is: “I’ll be friends with you if you perform well.”

“The integrity of our relationships matters more than the boldness of our words.” Rosaria Butterfield, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

Part two of our mission is t0 REACH FRIENDS, that they would see the Gospel in how we relate to them. We’re to extend forgiveness and patience. We to bear with them when relational times are tough. We’re to  put them first as Christ has served us. We’re to love as He has loved us.

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – EPHESIANS 4:2-3

Jesus defined “Mission Success” as happening if/when people see the way we love one another…and then realize that we must be his followers.

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – JOHN 13:35

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