As religious congregations look toward their future and consider the sustainability of their legacy, their sponsored works often become a focus. Generally, an underlying planning assumption is that the congregation’s legacy will endure, in part, through its sponsored works.
When you begin considering your ministries or apostolates as vehicles to sustain legacy, your leadership team has several challenges. First, the team should consider the viability and mission effectiveness of those sponsored works. In addition to these considerations, the leadership team should evaluate the structures that define a congregation’s relationships with its ministries to determine if realignment is necessary. Finally, the team should develop mechanisms to evaluate the financial-, operational-, and mission-effectiveness of current and future ministries in an ongoing way.
Discerning which ministries align with sustaining the mission and charism, and how they might remain in that service to the congregation, is essential for shaping the future of the religious community. As a trusted advisor who understands your goals, Plante Moran REIA can help you through this process. Let’s start a conversation today.