Presentation on theme: "Why do people join our parish? Why do people stay in our parish? Why do people serve in our parish? Why don’t more people join our parish? Why don’t more."— Presentation transcript:
Why do people join our parish? Why do people stay in our parish? Why do people serve in our parish? Why don’t more people join our parish? Why don’t more people stay in our parish? Why don’t more people serve in our parish? Perhaps we are asking the wrong question… Let’s ask them! But…how will we know if the answers of a few apply to all…? How can we measure our “disciple’s response” accurately? Church of st. Gerard majella port jefferson station, new york
We first learned about measuring “A Disciple’s Response” when…
The answers came in this envelope… and we almost threw it away!
Our negative reaction to measuring “A Disciples’s Response was…
“Everything they taught you about building a spiritually healthy, vibrant, growing congregation was wrong.” “OK…only half right.”
Summit on Congregational Engagement George Gallup Jr.Rev. Al Winseman The Gallup Building Washington, DC
What changed our minds about measuring “A Disciple’s Response” “A Disciple’s Response”was…
Member Engagement: 4 Outcomes 4 Outcomes ! Gallup measures match our mission!
“Isn’t it great!? It’s all in the Bible!” George Gallup Jr.
Measuring “A Disciple’s Response” has benefited has benefited our parish our parish by… by… Rev. Al Winseman Michael Cook
…Allowing us to measure the visible outcomes of our “disciple’s response”… …measuring the unseen causes of our “disciple’s response.” “30, fold…” “Good soil, …shallow soil, …….trampled soil…”. …in relation to…
…Allowing us to measure the visible outcomes of our “disciple’s response”… …measuring the unseen causes of our “disciple’s response.” Engaged Parishioners …in relation to… Not Engaged Parishioners Actively Disengaged Parishioners Inviting Giving Thanking Serving
Gallup’s Faith Practice Tools help us to measure… The Seed God has sewn within us: our Talents The Soil we prepare: our “disciple’s response.” + + Strengths Finder Member Engagement Survey
Gallup’s Faith Practice Tools result in: A more grateful (eucharistic) parish… A more serving parish, eager to minister… In 15 years $600,000 in DEBT has become $3,000,000 in SAVINGS 100 people in service has become 600 people in service
Living our Strengths Disciples respond at St. Gerard Majella: to God’s Gifts Connectedness Ideation Learner Self Assurance Responsibility Maximizer Includer Communication Woo Strategic Input Positivity Futuristic Individualization Activator Arranger Belief Empathy Command Intellection Relator Achiever Adaptability Deliberative Focus Context Restorative Analytical Developer Consistency Harmony Significance Competition Discipline
T HE G ALLUP O RGANIZATION Spiritual Commitment by the Numbers Fully Spiritually Committed: “Strongly Agree” (5) to all nine items 14% of adults in the U.S. are Fully Spiritually Committed 18% of members 5% of non-members
I tried to engage (my father) in talks about God, the possibility of experiencing God not just now and then, but all the time. He’d shake his head as if I were crazy…” Darcey Steinke Engagement drives Spiritual Commitment and the outcomes of Inviting, Giving, Life- Satisfaction, and Serving
“I came to Grace (Reformed Church, Brooklyn, NY) to worship with people on an elemental level. To experience the kind of care and connection one feels with strangers at the site of an accident or in an emergency room, where pulse and heartbeat mean more than status or wealth or whatever else people use to subdivide themselves.” Darcey Steinke
13. Easter 2004 – Strengths-In-Action More than 30 parishioners contributed artistic gifts to the design, construction, and installation of these 12 banners. 12 Items of Congregational Engagement illustrated with parish examples Engagement Banners in Church
Parish “Precious Blood” Test Front Cover for ME 25 Survey Brochure Back Cover for ME 25 Survey
“My Opinions Seem to Count” For each element of Engagement: Gallup’s Words Plain English Description National Average Score St. Gerard Score Parishioners’ Opinions
Good Soil: Engaged Parishioners Shallow Soil: Not-engaged Parishioners Trampled Soil: Actively Disengaged Research by The Gallup Organization Average of all churches in USA 29%54%17% Average of all RC Ch.s in USA 16% 49%35% Actual of St. Gerard Majella 50%40%10%