Religion, Spiritual Development
The mission of Leadership Roundtable is to promote excellence and best practices in the management, finances, and human resource development of the Catholic Church, through the greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity.
Ms. Kimberley Smolik
415 Michigan Ave NE Ste 275
Washington, DC 20017 USA
Catholic, Church, Management, Leadership, Best Practices, Standards for Excellence, Church Management
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Management & Technical Assistance (X02)
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Many Roman Catholic Church leaders are taught philosophy and theology, but also need to know pastoral management in order to effectively serve the Catholic population and its mission. Leadership Roundtable offers its services to Church leaders in parishes, dioceses, seminaries, religious orders, and other Catholic institutions. We partner with Church leaders to promote best practices in management to create a healthier, more vibrant faith experience for Catholics today.
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Toolbox for Pastoral Management
Seton Hall University (NJ) and the Leadership Roundtable have collaborated on a innovative program designed to help equip new pastors for some of the complex challenges they will face in a 21st century parish. Pastors participate in an intensive 5 or 6-day course on such topics as pastoral leadership, planning, community building, and stewardship. Rev. Paul Holmes of the Archdiocese of Newark and a professor at Seton Hall University coordinates the program.
Standards for Excellence
The Catholic Standards for Excellence program is the foundational initiative of the Leadership Roundtable to promote excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resources development of the Catholic Church in the U.S. Almost ten thousand copies of the "Standards For Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for Catholic Parishes, Dioceses and Nonprofits" have been distributed. To date we have a total of 317 Partners in Excellence representing 24 dioceses and 15 Catholic nonprofits.
Catholic Leadership 360
The Leadership Roundtable in partnership with the National Federation of Priests’ Councils (NFPC) and the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NACPA), has developed a unique 360-degree assessment tool and leadership development program for ordained and lay leaders.
ESTEEM (Engaging Students to Enliven the Ecclesial Mission)
ESTEEM is a nationwide program to develop the leadership skills of young Catholic students at private, Catholic, and secular colleges and universities across the nation. In collaboration with Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University, the Leadership Roundtable began the program in summer 2009 by hosting a conference with campus ministers, priests and bishops, and lay professionals working to strengthen the Church. In fall 2010 six pilot sites (including campus ministry centers at Yale, Stanford, Sacred Heart, UCLA, Michigan State, and Ohio State) will launched ESTEEM, engaging students through retreats, workshops, seminars and fieldwork to develop leadership skills, build mentoring relationships, and prepare for life in a parish outside the campus ministry setting. The goal is to create national cohorts of young Catholics who upon their graduations feel empowered to live out their baptismal obligations to serve and strengthen the Church.
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The mission of Leadership Roundtable promote best practices and accountability in the management, finances, communications, and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S., including greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity.
Leadership Roundtable's strategy to fulfill its mission and realize its vision is simple and twofold. We work in partnership with Church leaders to:
1. Properly adapt the best temporal leadership and management practices available from the private sectors to the Church environment as well as identifying and spreading best practices in the areas of management, finance, communications, and Human Resources that are already working within Catholic parishes, dioceses, and other institutions.
2. Incorporating proper temporal leadership and management education and training experiences into the formation of Church leaders.
Leadership Roundtable is an organization of clergy, religious, and laity offering their expertise to improve the finances, management, communications, and human resources of the Catholic Church in the United States. By strengthening the Church's temporal affairs, its pastors, religious, lay ministers, and volunteers can more effectively and faithfully focus on its mission: caring for all God's people.
The organization collaborates with a number of other Catholic groups including NACPA, NFPC, Seton Hall University, the USCCB, and Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale, as well as secular organizations including the Standards for Excellence Institute and the Center for Creative Leadership.
Thanks to its staff and consultants, we have worked in 76% of dioceses in the United States. In addition to our programs and consulting, the organization hosts an annual gathering for promoting innovative ideas and best practices in pastoral management and also manages two annual special meetings for bishops at the Mid-Atlantic Congress and the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference.
Leadership Roundtable employs 8 full-time staff members and multiple project managers to advance its mission. Its board is national in scope and it consistently performs engagements and holds events throughout the U.S.
Leadership Roundtable looks to engage 10 new dioceses or Catholic institutions on best practices in pastoral management in 2018.
By the end of 2017, 76% of dioceses (of the 197 total) have engaged with Leadership Roundtable in some capacity. The long-term goal remains 100%.
In addition to the fact that we have reached 76% of U.S. dioceses in some manner since our beginning in 2005, we are most proud of the cultural shift we have promoted among Church leaders who now recognize the need for best practices in pastoral management. Moving ahead, we look forward to serving more Church leaders and continuing to implement our Six-Stage Model in Pastoral Management that helps dioceses and other Catholic institutions make lasting change in its pastoral management practices. We also look forward to developing new relationships with Catholics who are interested investing in our mission to help the Catholic Church.
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
as of 12/13/2017
Mr. Robert Gasser
Term: 2015 -
Ms. Susan King
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Term: 2013 -
Roundtable Investment Partners, LLC
Healey Development, LLC
Zurich North America
McKinsey & Co.
Catholic Church Extension Society
J. Bryan Hehir
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Archdiocese of Boston
Denihan Capital LLC
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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?