In order to help Church leaders better understand the current realities in which they minister, they must first discern where God is calling their organization and develop a plan that enables them to follow God’s call. By working together with Church leaders in this regard, we help to answer these fundamental questions:
Integrated Discernment Process™
GP Catholic Services uses Integrated Discernment, a process which we developed to help Church leaders understand and frame each high level issue from both spiritual and temporal perspectives to inform the strategic and tactical planning processes. This is a three-part process:
- Understanding Spiritual and Temporal Dimensions
We help Church leaders to understand how people are currently encountering the Lord, the Church, and each other. The temporal dimension has become more complicated in recent years and Church leaders need to understand the political, economic, social, technological, and legal influences that impact its ability to proclaim the Gospel, administer the Sacraments, and care for those in need.
- Framing and Preparing to Plan
We help Church leaders frame significant issues in both their spiritual and temporal dimensions, which enables the articulation of issues in light of the incarnational nature of the Church. This presents issues as they truly are and prevents the temporal from overtaking the spiritual or the spiritual from neglecting the temporal.
- Application of an Understood Framework
Correct and properly understood assumptions enable the creation of the appropriate strategic planning process. Strategic planning processes designed around such understood and framed assumptions are the defining characteristic of our work.
Critical Issues and Mission Integrity
Church leaders today are called to minister in a world where many have forgotten the Lord or have never met him. As a consequence, there are instances now and possibly in the future where ministry may become difficult as efforts are enacted that restrict or limit the ability of the Church to minister with integrity.
GP Catholic Services provides planning and support services to help Church leaders assess their own environment regarding critical issues that may impact their ability to maintain mission integrity. Once critical issues are identified, appropriate pastoral and practical processes can be developed. This might include actions such as:
- Increased catechesis and employee formation
- Creating or revising policy and improving implementation
- Communication planning to ensure the Church’s positions are clearly articulated
- Creating proactive pastoral response plans that simultaneously catechize and protect the interests of the Church so it is able to minister with integrity
GP Catholic Services is rooted in the success of Graham-Pelton Consulting, a full-service planning, fundraising and non-profit management firm with an established track record serving clients throughout the United States and globally.
The corporate values of Graham-Pelton Consulting represent the guiding principles that contributed to the realization that a separate company to serve the Catholic marketplace was needed. These values were foundational in the conception of GP Catholic Services and remain as values that keep us connected to our roots.
We think for ourselves and do things differently.
We know where you’re coming from because we have been there too.
There is always a productive path forward and together, we always find it.
We say what we mean and mean what we say.
We always and consistently get the job done – and then some.