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?
- 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?
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?
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?
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
- 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?