Personal and Team Development

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them  – Romans 12:5

Open invitation to all diocesan, parish, school, and ministerial leadership
Save the Date:
June 5, 2017 – St. James Parish in Eau Claire
June 6, 2017 – St. Anthony Spirituality Center in Marathon
June 7, 2017 – Holy Cross Diocesan Center in La Crosse


Agenda for Graces Given workshop – pdf

The first 30 people who register in each location will receive a complimentary Gallup-Clifton StrengthFinders Assessment code.  Codes for the workshops are $15.00 per person and available through the Office of Stewardship and Development. The assessment is not a required tool for participation; a completed assessment is strongly encouraged for greater involvement of the day’s activities, and a deeper understanding of the day’s takeaways.

Ever wonder why certain committees and teams just seem to flounder and are infective accomplish little or nothing despite great ideas and vision, or maybe you been part of the team that appears to have no vision.

Mary Undoer of Knots –  “Pray for us!”

Great teams do not just happen. Great teams have “a steadfast discipline,” and have a solid self-knowledge; knowing that they either have “the right people on the bus” or aware of their shortcomings and take an active and concerted role to overcome. Great organizations excel because of conscious decisions and a commitment to excellence.

In February, we established the importance of strategic planning as part of good
Stewardship. An essential element of before implementing a strategic plan is having strong servant leadership and balanced, talented teams in place.

In this session, we discover and explore our gifts, learn how to use various tools to assess the teams in our organizations to identify and define team dysfunctions, understand our own as well as different team’s current strengths and needs. The goal of the day is for you to walk away from the workshop with a working knowledge of your strengths, keys to identifying strengths and talents in others and the start of a plan to help you increase the effectiveness of your councils, committees, and office and leadership teams.

Using the Gallup StrengthFinder Assessments this June, we will learn some essential tools and techniques for identifying personal strengths and talents to increase our self-knowledge and learn to identify strengths and talents in others to uncover and create high functioning ministry teams. On June 5, 6, and 7, 2017 Leisa Ansingler Director of Catholic Life and Faith will lead us through a day of reflection with tips and techniques for identifying and discerning the strengths and talents God has blessed upon others and ourselves.



Leisa Anslinger is the Director of Catholic Life and Faith, a pastoral resource center supporting parish and diocesan evangelization and stewardship leaders. Leisa brings extensive experience in Catholic parishes and schools to her ministry as an author and speaker. She contributes a regular column in Catechetical Leader and in the e-newsletter published by the International Catholic Stewardship Council, and is the author of books and numerous e-Resources for catechesis and stewardship. Leisa develops and provides resources, pastoral support and presentations on Stewardship, Strengths Development, Engagement, and Evangelization to dioceses, parishes, and schools. She is a frequent presenter at national and diocesan gatherings. Leisa’s newest book, Turning Hearts to Christ, is published by Twenty-Third Publications and she is a founding team member of the Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community.

Leisa holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Master’s degrees from Purdue University and the Athenaeum of Ohio, and has been an adjunct faculty member at the Athenaeum of Ohio. Leisa served for eleven years as the Director of Guidance at Archbishop McNicholas High School and for twelve years as the Pastoral Associate for Evangelization, Catechesis and Stewardship at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, both in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the author of Here Comes Everybody! Whole Community Catechesis in the Parish and co-author of Desires of the Heart, Forming Generous Hearts: Stewardship Planning for Lifelong Faith Formation, and Great Expectations: A pastoral guide for partnering with parents, all published by Twenty-Third Publications.