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Disciple Maker Index

Assess | Reflect | Grow

To Your Family of Parishes


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. 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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Dec 1, 2023: All Family signed contracts and payments are due for a Family to participate in the survey. No participation without payment by Dec 1st.

Nov 2023 – Dec 2023: CLI conducts DMI Orientation Webinar for Pastors and PPoCs (3 date and time options).

Jan 2024 – Feb 2024: DMI administered in Families of Parishes.

May 2024: Results compiled and presented to diocesan and parish leaders.

What's Next

Download the Round 2 DMI Schedule for more information.

If you have any questions about how DMI will support Beacons of Light, contact the Center for Parish Vitality.