Our Mission

The Presbytery of Stockton exists to equip the local church to love God and each other as we make disciples of Jesus Christ.

  1. The Great Commandment – to Love God and Each Other
  2. The Great Commission – to go and make Disciples
  3. The Health of the Local Church – to build up the body of Christ

 

 

Rationale:  We exist to teach and obey the Great Commandment and the Great Commission within the reality of a connectional group of churches who share faith in Jesus Christ and bear witness to the Gospel in word and in deed.  Our calling as a Presbytery is focused upon serving and equipping churches in the prioritized areas of: Growth, Leadership, Outreach and Stewardship.

 

1 – The Great Commandment

Biblical Text: 

  • Matthew 22:37-39   Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “

Great Ends of the Church:

  • The promotion of social righteousness
  • The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world

Practical Outworking:

  • Development of interpersonal relationships
  • Attention to Ethnic Concerns in our Presbytery
  • Coordination of joint church ventures and events
  • Promotion of Mission & Justice

 

2 – The Great Commission

Biblical Text: 

  • Matthew 28:19-20   Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Great Ends of the Church:

  • The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind
  • The preservation of the truth

Practical Outworking:

  • Leadership Development
  • Facilitation of Resources
  • Church Planting
  • Nominations for Presbytery Mission

3 – The Local Church

Biblical Text: 

  • Ephesians 4:11-13   So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,  to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Great Ends of the Church:

  • The shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God
  • The maintenance of divine worship

Practical Outworking:

  • Leadership Development
  • Accountability and Support
  • Pastoral Development

Financial Direction