Disciple Maker Index

An opportunity for the Families of Parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati


The Disciple Maker Index (DMI) is a tool provided by Catholic Leadership Institute that provides a rich assessment on where parishioners are in their faith lives and their experience of parish life, all to help parish leaders in the planning process. It has been taken by over 500,000 Catholics throughout the U.S., from over 2,000 parishes, and is available in over 20 languages.

The DMI will:

  • Allow parishioners to reflect upon their spiritual growth and discipleship
  • Identify the ways in which the parish effectively supports that growth and look at opportunities to
    support that growth more in the future
  • Provide valuable input to help pastors and parish leaders make decisions and plan effectively
  • Help pastors and parish leaders have a sense of where to focus their evangelization efforts

This data will provide parish leaders with key insights as they create and implement plans for growth, so that the Family of Parishes becomes a beacon of light.

This 75-question digital survey tool is completed by parishioners and the summary data is made available to parish and diocesan leaders. Support is offered by Catholic Leadership Institute to parish leaders in communicating before sharing the survey as well as understanding survey results upon completion.

The DMI can also serve as baseline data for a longitudinal study for the parish family and the archdiocese over the next 5-10 years to measure success as Beacons of Light progresses.

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Sept 2022: Pastors and vicars receive initial information at presbyteral convocation

Oct 2022: Complete information shared with parish leaders

By Oct 31, 2022: Commitment from Families of Parishes for the Archdiocesan Cohort

Dec 2022-Jan 2023: Orientation for parish leaders

Jan-Feb 2023: DMI administered in Families of Parishes

Apr 2023: Results compiled and presented to diocesan and parish leaders


For parishes in the archdiocesan cohort, the cost is $1,000 per Family.  If you participate at a later date, cost will be negotiated with Catholic Leadership Institute.

What's Next

The deadline for participating in this archdiocesan project has passed.

Contact the Catholic Leadership Institute with any questions you have about the DMI or to participate in this process for your Family. Contact the Center for Parish Vitality with questions about how DMI will support Beacons of Light.