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Sixth in a series. A community can thrive over time only if its members know why it exists and can communicate that with others.
The Rev. John Heinemeier retired from ministry after 45 years, then returned to work and became the part-time vicar of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, N.C. Photo by York Wilson
St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, N.C., illustrates a new model for underserved churches: active laity and retired pastors.
Two years ago, tiny Saint Cyprian’s Episcopal Church was dying. Today, to everyone’s surprise, it is beginning to thrive. It’s a testament to the work of dedicated lay leaders in the historically African-American congregation and a retired white Lutheran pastor.
Profit is important, but it's not the most important thing.
The Catholic Church has been described as an organization as large as Walmart that operates on a feudal model. But the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management hopes to change that, starting with standards for excellence adapted from the nonprofit world.