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 one of the ways in which a congregation’s legacy will endure is through its sponsored works. Discerning which ministries align with sustaining the mission and charism, and how they might remain in that service to the congregation, is an essential element to planning for the future.
When a community begins to consider its ministries or apostolates as vehicles to sustain legacy, consideration should be given to the viability and mission effectiveness of those sponsored works. In addition to these considerations, the structures that define a congregation’s relationships with its ministries should be evaluated to determine if realignment is necessary.Mechanisms should be developed to evaluate the financial-, operational-, and mission-effectiveness of current and future ministries in an ongoing way.