In a phrase, our work at the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute is “building a better church.” And by “church” we don’t just mean the institutional church. We’re talking about the entire People of God, lay and clergy alike.

The vision that drives our work day in and day out is very ambitious: “Every Catholic in every walk of life leads like Jesus — as servant, steward and shepherd.”

Try to imagine what our homes, our workplaces, our communities and our parishes if we ever fully realize this mission. How much pain and heartbreak would be missing from the lives of God’s people – and of the whole world, for that matter?

Of course, it won’t happen overnight. It probably won’t happen in our lifetimes. But every step in that direction, no matter how small, makes for a better church and a better world.

We’ve seen it happen as more people across the U.S. and around the world become aware of the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus – and as more of them begin to live, love and lead ever more like Jesus.

As the end of 2015 draws near, we are committed to seeing the process continue – so that in 2016 it accelerates. Of course, we can’t do it alone. That’s why our Annual Appeal, now underway, is so critical to our goal of building a better church and a better world.

Soon after our appeal ends we’ll look at the resources we have on hand and decide just how ambitious our 2016 goals can be.

We are already committed to publishing our Encounter materials in Spanish. We’ll be collaborating more with the Little Sisters of the Poor. We’ll do all that we can to continue developing our “Better Leaders, Better Parishes, Better Lives” program. And, of course, we’ll also bring you a Weekly Catholic Leader full of good information to help you and thousands of other Catholics grow as Jesus-like Leaders.

With your support, we can do even more. No donation is too small to do some serious good. So if you can spare a moment and a few dollars, we hope you’ll support our Annual Appeal today. Just click here to donate.

We’re grateful for whatever you can do to help us build better homes, workplaces, communities and parishes in 2016.