A parish that has developed the strength and passion to pursue this Mission will look more like this:

  • Energized by faith rather than just keeping things going or trying to survive;
  • Outward-looking focus with a "whole life" rather than just a "church life concern;
  • Seeking to discern God's will through the Spirit rather than trying to please people;
  • More willing to face the cost (personal, emotional, spiritual, material) of change and growth rather than avoiding the same;
  • Operating as a family and a genuine community rather than a social club or religious organization;
  • Seeking to be more genuinely inclusive rather than exclusive;
  • Focussed on key priorities and able to fulfill them well.


(The Healthy Churches' Handbook, Church House Publishing, 2012)