Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the Gallup ME25 survey on the weekend of January 14/15th or completed it subsequently online. We received 366 responses, which will definitely help us develop the plan we need to accomplish our vision for the second century of our parish: to be a joyful, spiritual home where we encounter Jesus and make disciples.
Gallup has compiled the results, and we now have an overall picture of our “spiritual health” according to their Engagement Index. Gallup has placed our parishioners into one of three categories: Engaged, Not Engaged, and Actively Disengaged.
19% of our parishioners are fully “Engaged;” these are loyal members who have a strong connection to the parish. They are more spiritually committed, more likely to invite friends, family members and co-workers to parish events, and are more likely to give more both financially and in commitment of time.
51% of our members are considered “Not Engaged.” These parishioners probably attend mass regularly but, according to the Gallup indicators, they are not strongly connected to the parish. Their sense of connection might be more social than spiritual. They tend to give moderately, but not sacrificially, and probably contribute only a minimal amount of time volunteering in the community/ parish.
30% of our members are “Actively Disengaged.” These include both occasional attendees and regular mass-goers. Many among the latter may be physically present but, for one reason or another, either don’t, or refuse, to participate in parish life. Some are unhappy with their parish and may be sharing those feelings with others.
Among Catholic parishes who have participated in the Gallup survey, the overall averages for these categories are: 31% Engaged, 47% Not Engaged, and 22% Actively Disengaged. While our results do not paint the portrait of a healthy parish, these numbers will serve as a crucial baseline upon which to build as we move towards parish revitalization.
Fr. Mike will elaborate on our results in the homily this weekend.
It is not where we are that matters; what matters is where we are going.