The process starts at the lowest denominator, the individual man or woman. The expectation of “taking nations” cannot be substantiated if we as individuals have not been transformed ourselves.
Step 1: Transforming Individuals
Every human being has a beginning and pre-ordained finish. It is our resolute belief at Progressive that God has placed every person here on the Earth with a purpose that is to be fulfilled. Yet being “here” is not enough, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Phil. 1:6 states “God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish…”
Yet, between the start and finish of every process is the journey – LIFE. It is in life that we find ourselves struggling towards our destiny. At Progressive we want to help you through that journey. Romans 12:2 states that everyone must be transformed. The transformation approach at Progressive is holistic: spirit, body, mind and heart, and our values, beliefs and culture reflect that.
Step 2: Transforming Families
Once a person undergoes the first step in being transformed under Progressive, they immediately will meet other people that have chosen to do the same – fellow members of Progressive. At Progressive Church, we believe in families, but not just family by the traditional definition. We consider people that join our church family members, and newly part of us. We encourage fellowship and friendship that goes deeper than a mere Sunday. Ecclesiastes 4:19 is basis for why we encourage family growth; because when transformation begins, the process is made “easier” when you have family around you. A family that stands in one mind with one purpose is not easily dissuaded from their purpose.
Step 3: Transforming Communities
At Progressive we do not believe in being satisfied with staying insulted – we reach out. The renewing power of the Transformation we experience should be shared with those in neighborhoods, businesses, schools, hospitals and other churches. Jesus spoke well when He stated that His purpose was not only to His followers, but to all that needed Him. And we demonstrate that by not only evangelizing people to Christ, but through community programs such as the annual Walk / Run, street cleaning and prayers, partnering with local charities, and through the public media. We understand our responsibilities stretch further than the comfort of a Sunday Service, but also service to our community.
Step 4: Transforming Cities
The period between the crucifixion of Jesus and the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem was 50 days. The same city that was calling for Jesus’ blood was being preached to about the salvation and cleansing power of that same blood. The city’s people underwent a complete “180” in such a short space of time. And we believe that it is possible. At Progressive we believe that our cities need a strong Apostolic church to establish the climate of the Kingdom of God to counter the enemy forces that would breed chaos. The strength of the churches in a city determines the spiritual atmosphere within a city. So it is obligation to be a strong city church and to be an example “the way church should be done”. We exhibit that again from the “top – down” in our church culture and behaviors.
Step 5: Transforming Nations
Mark 16:15 is the Great Commission given by Jesus to his disciples, and is one of the fundamental tenets Christianity. The gospel is to be spoken to All creation in All the world.
Progressive believes that in order to complete the transforming nation’s pieces of its mandate, it cannot be isolated to the United States. Progressive understands we cannot go it alone; it’s a “big world” but with the aid of other churches & Spiritual leaders around the world, we can begin to reach the nations of the Earth and bring change.