A good vocation match is on the mind of sisters and other religious, such as those here who gathered at the IRL’s 2017 National Meeting in Mundelein, IL.

A good vocation match is on the mind of religious sisters, such as those here who gathered at the IRL’s 2017 National Meeting in Mundelein, IL.

As a vocation director, are you confused with the choices that Catholic marketing agencies offer to find a vocation match for candidates?

Discovering one’s vocation is a process of discernment and a realization of one’s place in God’s plan. Many people have been through such struggles and probably often have wished that God could just plug it in to Google Maps and help them see the direction to their vocation match.

Vocation Match’s lengthy survey

There are many methods for promoting vocations, and one such method is that used by Vocation Match, sponsored by the VISION Vocation Network.  Their work has been innovative in leading people to finding their vocation. It’s simple enough. If an individual is on their website, they fill out a long survey. The survey is intended to funnel them towards his or her best fit, and it then provides a list of communities that would be suitable based on the survey results.

The candidate chooses from the list who will get his or her information. Sometimes it is more than one hundred communities. Thus, each candidate receives emails, post office mailings and phone calls from many vocation directors. But this can be overwhelming, as some candidates of such services have reported.

Vocation Match is a long survey that really hones in on many specific categories. We will admit that it is a very thorough survey, offering community suggestions along the way as questions are answered.

(You might also want to read this website’s review of a similar program, that of Vocations Placement.)

How Vocation Match differs from the Come & See Program

Another program is the Come & See Vocation Promotion Program, developed by Kevin J. Banet, of TreeFrogClick marketing. The Come & See program differs in that each quiz is customized for one religious community. Thus, when the candidate takes the quiz, he or she is then contacted only by one community, not many. Moreover, the customized quiz features photos from the one community.

Furthermore, the Come & See Program not only finds candidates but develops their interest. It does so with a newsletter system. Newsletters are sent by email, and they are customized for one community. The newsletters help them discern their vocation, learn more about religious/consecrated life, and they teach them about the charism and apostolate of that community.

Thus, instead of sharing the candidate names with dozens or even hundreds of other communities, the Come & See Program works one-one-one with each candidate.

Unique qualification system

Furthermore, the Come & See Program uses a unique qualification system that gauges not only how they answered the quiz, but how they have responded to the newsletters sent to them. Each month, a list of the best candidates is sent to the vocation director. The best candidates are not only those who look good on the survey, but have expressed an interest in that particular community.

Through the Come & See Vocation Promotion Program, a one-on-one approach is achieved that concentrates a vocation match on the characteristics of a particular community, and also develops the interest of each candidate in that community.