Mission leaders articulate their lived faith experience and the meaning it brings to their lives as well as encourage and empower individuals and organizations to do the same. Cultivating an integrated spiritual life, they establish mutually beneficial relationships with diverse individuals and groups that are honest, caring and joyful. They help others find the sacred in the ordinary events of life and connect their own work and spirituality to the mission and values of the organization. Mission leaders help build a sense of community in the organization and, in collaboration with others, develop and foster well-being initiatives and holistic care models responding to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of patients, residents and caregivers.

Competency in Action

Self-Assessment Tool

No mission leader is expected to have fully developed every competency to the highest level. The 2020 Model includes an electronic self-assessment tool that provides some coaching prompts that provide recommended actions a mission leader can take to advance from Tier I to Tier II to Tier III.
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A. Demonstrates personal commitment to one’s ongoing spiritual and vocational development

TIER I: Commits time to their personal spiritual journey, practices and faith tradition

TIER II: Integrates spiritual insights into conversations

TIER III: Inspires and energizes others to live their vocation more fully
B. Promotes workplace spirituality resonant with the desired organizational culture while inviting the expression of diverse spiritualities and their practices

TIER I: Leads communal prayers and reflections that respect the diversity of spiritualities in the community being served

TIER II: Designs prayers and rituals that honor religious pluralism and cultivates shared ministry identity

TIER III: Ensures organizational practices balance the founding sponsor(s) charism(s), Catholic and Christian spiritualities and respects other religious traditions and practices
C. Ensures the vibrancy and professionalism of spiritual care services to meet the unique needs of patients, residents, families, and associates

TIER I: Relates effectively with chaplains and other spiritual care providers

TIER II: Ensures the provision of sacraments for patients and residents as well as the integration of pastoral care into care teams

TIER III: Champions the essential nature of spiritual care in the ministry and assures robust staffing and certification of chaplaincy

Sustaining Connection for Well-Being

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Making meaningful connections with those around us is critical for well-being. This NEW conversation guide offers a simple outline anyone can use to open a meaningful dialogue for both digital and in-person experiences.
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