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OUR CURRENT ISSUE — AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018

Living out the ‘Great Ends of the Church’

The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) directs us, in the power of the Spirit, to be faithful to the mission of Christ by living out the six Great Ends of the church: the proclamation of the Gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world. These may sound like lofty, even ambiguous or unattainable goals, but many congregations are prayerfully discerning and successfully putting into practice these guiding principles. This issue of Presbyterians Today joyfully tells their inspiring stories. Read digital edition

Featured Stories from this Issue

Cover story: Fall Kickoff

Become a Vital Congregation by living out the Great Ends

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Jesus among the Navajos

A pastor sets out to discover the Gospel’s influence on the Navajo Nation

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Finding homes for the homeless

Churches in the Presbytery of the Pacific address the root causes of homelessness

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Let children ‘destroy’ worship

It’s time to — really — embrace families

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Reaching young and old on a Sunday morning

One-room worship

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Jesus: truly human and truly divine

Why do we settle for less?

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IS THIS WHERE GOD IS CALLING YOU?  Located in the heart of downtown Franklin, Tennessee, Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church seeks a solo minister who will lead us in a fresh vision of ministry that sees relationship-building as central to what it means to be the Church today: Living out our relationships with God, with one another, and with those we are called to serve. We are being energized by an emerging realization that outreach is not simply about completing projects, and church is not simply about attendance, but about authentic engagement and finding Christ through our interactions with others. Our vision is simple: Loving God and neighbor. We see our mission as glorifying God through meaningful worship and reaching out to others as disciples of Jesus. We believe our new minister can help us move forward with enthusiasm by embracing this vision and mission, and by encouraging and challenging us toward the fulfillment of the Spirit’s call for our church. Please review our website at historicfranklinpc.org and our MIF #11386.AA0 on the PC(USA) CLC. Contact Debra Van Derveer, PNC chair at hfpcpnc435@gmail.com.

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  • Express the rich diversity within the denomination.
  • Challenge readers to grow in their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord.
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Presbyterians Today, published by the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a national magazine about Presbyterian mission and ministry. It is published 6 times a year. Most readers are loyal, long-time subscribers. While they vary in age, gender, and geographic location, most readers are married, active in their church and community, affluent and well-educated. About a quarter of PT readers are active clergy; the balance are church members.

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Resources

Guide for Young Adult Ministry

How well do you know what makes today’s young adults tick? This special issue published by Presbyterians Today is a must-read for everyone who wants to better understand young adults and engage them in worship, education, and service. You may be surprised to hear how ardent young Presbyterians are about their faith and their church… Read more »

Presbyterian Resource Guide for Ministry

An easy-to-read, in-depth handbook that puts loads of vital ministry information on dozens of subjects at your fingertips. This one-stop reference is ideal for congregations, presbyteries, and individuals looking for creative ways to improve their ministry.
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