Mobile Mission Discernment

+ Hopes and Fears

A Sense of detachment

  • What are concerns, fears, and frustrations about this process?
  • What are initial thoughts about the issue?
  • What do participants believe the outcome of mission discernment will be? Why?
  • How do participants feel about the perceived outcome?

+ Perspectives


  • How close are the issues to the Mission and Core Values? Do the outcomes directly jeopardize the Mission and Core Values?
  • How do the issues affect past commitments?
  • After the issues have been identified, do some need to be answered first or take priority?
  • Are some identified issues so expansive and abstract that the discernment could never answer them and thus provide no practical guidance?

+ Stakeholders

Who is affected? How are they affected?

  • What individuals or groups have an interest in the outcome of the decision?
  • What is the nature of their interest?
  • Which individuals and groups are more directly affected by the outcomes?
  • Of all the individuals and groups affected, are any to be given priority concern?
  • How might the decision create benefits and burdens for individuals or groups?
  • How does the decision affect those who are poor and vulnerable?

+ Possibilities

Think outside the box.

  • Has the institution ever explored or addressed a problem similar to the one under discernment?
  • Has it developed policies or practices to address similar situations?
  • Have outside organizations confronted the same or similar kinds of issues? If so, what did they do? Who could be affected?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages these possibilities could bring?
  • How do the possibilities help our Ministry serve others better?
  • What values do these possibilities communicate to colleagues, patients and families, the community?
  • Identify potential risks.

+ Ethical Traditions

  • How do the issues relate to the broad moral tradition, including Catholic Social Principles, and the ERDs?
  • How do the issues relate to the Mission and Core Values? Which values?
  • What other moral commitments are related to the issue under discernment (e.g. person-centered care)?
  • How do the possibilities either positively or negatively affect the Mission and Core Values and commitments?
  • How do the various possibilities affect the various stakeholders?
  • Which options better preserve and protect a majority of the identified priorities?
  • Given the nature of the issue and the interests of those who are affected, which of these values and commitments have priority over others?

+ Outcomes

Identify areas of consensus & divergence.

  • What are the remaining reservations of participants?
  • Has everyone had time to express their viewpoint?
  • Has the discussion been true to the Mission and Core Values, its heritage, and the principles of Catholic social teaching?
  • Have they listened to the facts and appreciated the viewpoints of others?
  • Have they sought the good of the entire ministry and the good of all who may be affected by the outcome?

+ Follow Through

Practical follow-ups.

  • How can the decision be implemented in a way most consistent with the Mission and Core Values of CHE Trinity Health?
  • Who has the authority to approve the mission discernment?
  • Are there tasks that need to be done before the approval?
  • What person(s) and/or department(s) is (are) responsible for implementing the decision? What is the timeline?
  • Who needs to be informed? When? What information needs to be communicated to the various constituents?
  • How will those who are negatively impacted by this decision be supported?
  • What structures, programs, or other approaches are needed to best minimize these harms?
  • Why did we give attention to this issue?
  • Why did we focus on these questions and not others?
  • How were diverse perspectives and interests balanced?
  • How does the discernment support and balance CHE Trinity’s Mission and Core Values?