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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
Jesus among the Navajos
A pastor sets out to discover the Gospel’s influence on the Navajo Nation
Finding homes for the homeless
Churches in the Presbytery of the Pacific address the root causes of homelessness
Let children ‘destroy’ worship
It’s time to — really — embrace families
Reaching young and old on a Sunday morning
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 email@example.com.
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Presbyterians Today is the award-winning, general-interest magazine of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Published 6 times a year, it explores practical issues of faith and life, tells stories of Presbyterians who are living their faith and covers a wide range of church news and activities. Presbyterians Today features easy-to-understand articles about what Presbyterians believe, Bible study and devotional helps, and provocative commentary on the church’s role in society.
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