One of the easiest ways to begin increasing engagement within your team and community is through Gallup’s CliftonStrengths®.  A CliftonStrengths® learning process assists a person to both learn and appreciate what is good about him or herself, and also to learn and appreciate what is good about those with whom he or she serves.
Director for COMMUNITY and Family Development:
Jennifer Housel

CliftonStrengths® helps people to claim and aim their unique strengths and talents so that those strengths can be better used on behalf of the parish community.  The power of knowing and appreciating our own strengths and the strengths of those with whom we serve, leads to a more positive, energized, engaged, and appreciative spirit within a parish community.

CliftonStrengths® can be used to enhance marriages and other partnerships, staff and ministry teams, as well as parish communities overall.  God has gifted each of us to serve in a unique way – a way in which no one else can.  The CliftonStrengths® process can help you to discover where your best path to successful and meaningful service lies.

From the Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community website:

“Our greatest areas of talent are patterns of thinking, feeling or behaving that come so naturally to us that we often do not recognize them without some help. The research of Dr. Donald Clifton and his team, which is the foundation of strengths, tells us much about the ways in which we experience our talents, and why it is so important that we do so. We are at our best when we do what we do best, the research tells us. Weakness-fixing at best produces adequacy. But strengths development goes much deeper. We find that living with an awareness and acceptance of our God-given talents helps us to be more patient with others, more understanding and forgiving, find greater meaning and purpose in our lives, and to live with a sense of hope. Surely this is what God desires for his preeminent creation! “

If you are interested in learning more about how CliftonStrengths® can help your parish community or you to increase appreciation and engagement, please contact Jennifer Housel.  Jennifer is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach who can bring Strengths workshops to your parish for:

  • Partnerships/Marriages
  • Ministry or Staff Teams
  • Parishioner Groups


  • Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community (CSEC):
  • Albert L. Winseman, Growing an Engaged Church
  • Gallup CliftonStrengths®:

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