What Presbyterians Believe
What does the Presbyterian Church believe about mission and ministry?
The Presbyterian Church believes the mission and ministry of the church today is a continuation of God's work through history. Presbyterians believe the church is called to present the claims of Jesus Christ, leading persons to repentance, acceptance of Jesus as Savior and Lord, and to a new life as his disciples. We affirm we are called to participate in God's activity in the world through its life for others by healing and reconciling and binding up wounds; ministering to the needs of the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the powerless; engaging in the struggle to free people from sin, fear, oppression, hunger, and injustice; giving itself and its substance to the service of those who suffer; and sharing with Christ in the establishing of his just, peaceable, and loving rule in the world. [Book of Order G-3.0300b-c(3)]
Furthermore, the Church is called to undertake this mission even at the risk of losing its life, trusting in God alone as the author and giver of life, sharing the gospel, and doing those deeds in the world that point beyond themselves to the new reality in Christ. [Book of Order G-3.0400]