— Proclaiming the gospel for the salvation of humankind
— Providing the shelter, nurture, and fellowship of the children of God
— Maintaining divine worship— Preserving the truth
— Promoting social righteousness
— Exhibiting the Kingdom of God to the world
Ask yourself what each of these means, as a description of what God intends for the Church of Jesus Christ.
Then ask yourself how much attention West End Church gives to each of these.
The Rev. Gary Demarest has said, “We’re at our best when we keep all six of the great ends of the church
in healthy tension [with one another].”
One of the predecessor denominations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),
the United Presbyterian Church or North America, had the statement of the six great ends of the church in its constitution,
following discussions that extended back to 1904.