Building Cultures of Evangelization
We help leaders measure and build their organization’s culture to optimize trust, contribution, and high achievement all in the name of the Church’s mission of New Evangelization.
Even with a great mission, many Catholic organizations can still have cultures that get in the way of fulfilling that mission. The Spitzer Center’s core program, the JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE, provides the tools needed to build more dynamic and effective cultures.
The Spitzer Center has developed a process for presbyterates that builds priestly brotherhood, respect, and unity.
We address the significant challenges that tax the time, mental, and physical resources of our priests.
Our priests seek the support of their brother priests in dealing with these challenges.
Whether it’s a clergy convocation, deanery seminar, or individual diagnostics, we strive to deliver a substantive experience that is lively and enjoyable, personally beneficial, and pastorally relevant.
Our 3-Phase Process for Building Cultures of Evangelization
Some of the things priests are saying about our program
Dioceses we have worked with
The human heart desires joy. We all desire joy, every family, every people aspires to happiness.
– Pope Francis
The Four Levels of Happiness
The Four Levels of Happiness® education helps priests better understand the four drivers of all human behavior and habits, and ultimately their impact on the culture of the entire presbyterate.
The foundation of the entire Spitzer Center curriculum is also foundational to human nature – namely, our universal desire for happiness. This notion of The Four Levels of Happiness® was articulated by Fr. Robert Spitzer, through his study of the collective insights of more than 130 prominent theologians, philosophers, psychologists, and authors over two millennia.
Featuring Fr. Spitzer in short video bursts, the professional delivery is interspersed with entertaining movie clips, discussion, and windows for personal reflection.
The Spitzer Center offers the following services to assist in the ongoing culture improvement process:
Most Reverend James D. Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln
Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma City
Most Reverend James S. Wall, Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup
Organizational Culture Inventory
– Priest Participant
The culture of an organization has a significant influence on the organization’s ability to realize it’s mission, “Culture eats strategy for lunch”.
These surveys/inventories give you a flavor for how the culture of the organization is measured, and thus define how you would like it to be. Every organization has its own culture – a set of shared beliefs and values that lead to expectations regarding “how things are done around here.” These expectations optimize the way in which members approach their work and relate to one another and, therefore, have important implications for individual and organizational effectiveness.
It is all a well structured process, and then reinforced with a 12-18 month follow-up.
Read our Organizational Culture Inventory Overview:
What priests are looking for in an ideal presbyteral culture:
Most Reverend Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of the Diocese of Denver
Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Archbishop of the Diocese of Omaha
Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix
Culture Change Management & Followup
To assist in the ongoing effort to enrich your presbyteral culture, we host quarterly conference calls to share best practices, answer questions, and assess goal keeping. Then, in 12-18 months we offer an option to re-measure the state of the culture to assess progress.
We also offer three additional tools to complement your culture action plans:
- Confidence & Providence Series
- Leadership Impact
- Character Foundations Assessment
These tools are not only helpful for priests, but can be valuable for chancery staffs and church leadership in general.
Confidence & Providence Series
This 1.5 day facilitated series equips Church workers to increase their self confidence and faith in Divine Providence.
Fr. Spitzer presents insights and practical techniques to expand comfort zones and overcome self limiting beliefs.
Leadership and Management Impact
This 360 assessment is ideal for leaders with executive and management responsibilities throughout the diocese (e.g. Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia, school president, etc.)
Character Foundations Assessment
The CFA measures five areas of character strength and 22 particular virtues. It provides insight for self knowledge and a blueprint for personal growth.
Journey to Ultimate Happiness
This is the sequel program to the Four Levels of Happiness, exclusively focusing on Happiness Level Four – union with God.