WE BELIEVE - in the
Great Ends of the Church, as set forth in our Book of Order:
"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."
WE BELIEVE - in a
theology of mission, as expressed in the Westminster Confession of
Faith. "Christ hath commissioned his Church to go into all the world
and to make disciples of all nations. All believers are therefore
under obligation . . . to contribute by their prayers, gifts, and
personal efforts to the extension of the Kingdom of Christ
throughout the whole earth."
- mission and its
related functions in "good Presbyterian order" through the
structures of our General Assembly, synods, presbyteries, and local
churches, which provide accountability in a connectional system. The
chief agencies of the General Assembly are Office of the General
Assembly; General Assembly Council, which coordinates and provides
services for all of the agencies; Mission Support Services;
Congregational Ministries Division; National Ministries Division;
Worldwide Ministries Division; Board of Pensions; Presbyterian
Foundation; Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program; and
Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.
- mission locally, nationally, globally by
setting priorities for our available resources, guided by the
emphases given by our General Assembly, the annual meeting of clergy
and lay commissioners who represent the presbyteries of the church.
Through the General Assembly, all Presbyterians have a voice in
setting directions for mission and, through their General Mission
Giving, have a vital
responsibility in carrying out what the General Assembly has