Here is the covenant that Carey wrote for the missionaries who served together with him at Serampore.
- To set an infinite value on men’s souls.
- To acquaint ourselves with the snares which hold the minds of the people.
- To abstain from whatever deepens India’s prejudice against the Gospel.
- To watch for every chance of doing the people good.
- To preach ‘Christ crucified’ as the grand means of conversions.
- To esteem and treat Indians always as our equals.
- To guard and build up ‘the hosts that may be gathered.’
- To cultivate their spiritual gifts, ever pressing upon them their missionary obligation–since Indians only can win India for Christ.
- To labour unceasingly in biblical translation.
- To be instant in the nurture of personal religion.
- To give ourselves without reserve to the cause, ‘not counting even the clothes we wear our own’.
A competent knowledge of the languages current where a missionary lives, a mild and winning temper, and a heart given up to God–these are the attainments, which, more than all other gifts, will fit us to become God’s instruments in the great work of human redemption.
I bolded my favorites. William Carey by S. Pearce Carey, page 240.