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~ The Rev. Peter M. Carey
- Love their particularly community. Their pastors have found a way not only to love their congregations but also their neighborhood. Effective pastors help their congregations move beyond love of themselves, turning their congregations outward.
- Rise above mere contentment with things as they are and do what is necessary to expect and welcome change, disruption, and movement, similar to that of the Risen Christ.
- Find a way to welcome the stranger and to practice radical hospitality in the name of Jesus Christ. They find a way to be as interested in those who have yet to join the church as those already in the church.
- Have a clear sense of their primary purpose and keep focused on their primary God-given missions.
- Enable lay leaders to lead, not just manage. Lay leadership that feels a strong sense of responsibility for the future of their congregation.
- All have a strong, change oriented, gifted pastor.
- Make growth a priority and figure out how to grow.
- Keep focused upon Jesus Christ as the originator of, and the purpose for the church (rather than church as just another human oriented institution).