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Disciple Maker Index

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Disciple Maker Index Results

The Disciple Maker Index (DMI) is a tool provided by Catholic Leadership Institute that provides a rich assessment of where parishioners are in their faith lives and their experience of parish life, all to help parish leaders in the planning process.

Below are just some of the archdiocese level findings from the 2023 DMI survey taken by over 60% of our Families of Parishes.  We have both some strengths to continue building upon and some opportunities to review and address.  The Center for Parish Vitality encourages the leaders of those Families who participated to review their data and find out what their strengths and opportunities are.  If your Family has not yet taken the DMI, consider signing up for the next wave in 2024.

Who Participated

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parishioners
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deaneries
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families
(60%)
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parishes
(60%)
91%

over the age of 35

67%

women

95%

white

79%

married

84%

have been members of the parish for more than 10 years

50%

with school age children send their kids to Catholic schools

Archdiocese Strengths

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national average

0 %
strongly believe the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ

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national average

0 %
strongly believe that Scripture is the Word of God

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national average

0 %
attend Mass weekly

Archdiocese Opportunities

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national average

0 %
strongly believe my parish equips me to confidently answer questions about my faith

??%

national average

0 %
never invite a man to consider a vocation to the priesthood

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national average

0 %
strongly agree that my parish forms me as a disciple of Christ

Key Indicators of Parish Vibrancy

Main drivers for recommending a parish

Parish

Recommendation

Main drivers that help me grow as a Catholic

Parish helps

me grow

Recommendations

Efforts to build small-groups and discipleship focus will help with the change process and the data shows they effectively increase a participant’s choice to strongly recommend their parish by

90%

Incorporate data into planning for programming and resources.

Use data to explore or challenge narratives among parish and diocesan leaders.

Assess attention needed to align resources to certain parishes or ministries.

Want to bring the DMI to your Parish?