Desiring to apply my gifts to help my church, I decided to define new KPIs that Francis can use with the clergy. Here’s an assessment I created to help clergy calculate their effectiveness in things like listening, humility and learning.
Please fill-in your numbers for the following statistics and then in the subsequent section, please follow the instructions to calculate your KPIs. After having an independent non-clergy-rah-rah accounting firm certify the veracity of your numbers, please submit your scores to the Vatican and publish them for your flock to see. Then host town meetings and roundtables to discuss next year's objectives and improvement plans for reaching those objectives.
Money received for your parish/diocese annually (M):_____
Parish/diocese bank account and investment balances (B):_____
Money spent helping the poor (m):_____
Finally, calculate your Rendered Unto God (RUG) number by dividing m by the sum of M+B. This measures the amount of money used to help the poor versus hoarded in investments or used on inwardly focused things like decor, regalia, accessories, and institution perpetuating staff salaries. Clarification: expenditures subsidizing people's Catholic school tuition only counts as money helping the poor if the family's income was well below the demographic median for the geographical area in question. School tuition subsidies for the economically blessed do not count. The goal is for this number to be as close to 1 as possible.
So an example of calculating RUG is as follows. If you receive $500,000 in donations and have $2 million in investments, and give $10,000 per annum to the poor, your RUG would be 10,000/(2,000,000 + 500,000) or 0.004. This equates to only 4 tenths of one percent of money collected being used to help the poor and clearly requires immediate attention. Sadly, I think many if not most parishes and dioceses will have lower RUG numbers than my example because instead of apostles collecting material goods and redistributing to those in need as directed by Christ in the gospels, they have tremendous money hoarding and self-funding fixation issues.
Improving these five numbers along with your RUG (Rendered Unto God) number is kind of like lowering your bad cholesterol by altering your behavior and consumption patterns. Unlike high cholesterol, there’s no pill to offset bad behavior. But, like high cholesterol, they really destroy the body if not addressed.