For over 70 years, Gallup has been developing instruments that measure the “unmeasurable,” developing systems that accurately measure engagement and other former “intangibles.” Several years ago, Gallup addressed the challenge of measuring spiritual engagement by developing a member engagement survey (ME25), which we recently used. Traditionally, parishes have measured themselves primarily by their attendance, membership, and monetary giving. However, these are outcomes, not causes, of a parish’s spiritual health. The ME25 gives parishes a clearer picture of their spiritual health and research confirms that spiritual health drives all other factors including attendance and financial commitment.
The survey consists of 25 items. Nine items measure individual spiritual commitment, 12 measure parishioner engagement, and four are about life satisfaction—inviting, serving, and giving. The spiritual commitment items are individual and personal, while the engagement items indicate how strongly one feels a sense of belonging within the parish.
Below are the results and what they mean, and how they compare to the 2013 survey. The survey shows that 79% (vs. 76% in 2013) of parishioners feel very positive about St. Monica, which compared to the national average, is better than most parishes beginning the Gallup engagement process.
What’s Next In the coming weeks, we will examine responses in more detail, how our parish compares to other churches, and what the numbers suggest. You can download the complete survey report HERE. If you have any questions, contact Dale Sieverding at or (310) 566-1520.