The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, within divine appointments for the fulfillment of Her Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is and integral part of the calling and purpose given by God to His Church.
Since God's purpose concerning man is to seek and save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-for-being of The First Christian Church of Bristol, VA is:
...to be an agency of God for evangelizing the world.
(Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16)
...to be a corporate body in which man might worship God in Spirit and
(1 Corinthians 12:13)
...to be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints perfected in
the image of His Son.
(Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Cor. 12:28, 14:12)