This question is complex, as each ministry is situated in a different social and cultural context with varying connections to the founder's story, local congregations and organisational structures.
The culture is a lens on the Gospel and a way of enacting God’s mission inspired by the work and charism of the founder, and the congregation who work tirelessly for God’s mission across the world.
A ministry must be authentically Catholic, focused on living out the values and teachings of the Gospel, work tirelessly, as founding congregations did, for God’s mission and be always attentive and responsive to the call of those made poor and the marginalised.
The following must be the constant focus of staff formation, witness, messaging, rituals and celebrations, connections with Church life, retreats and reflection time:
- understand the charism of the founder,
- appreciate the ways in which the founding congregations engaged with God’s mission,
- observe the ongoing culture revealed in the work of each ministry and
- discern the ways in which the charism continues to serve God’s mission in response to new challenges.
Preserving, nurturing and reimagining a charism is a constant role of leadership in any Catholic ministry.