Supporting Special Projects

The Disciple Maker Index assessment process provides both data driven information and accountability which will help inform pastoral planning. Catholic Leadership Institute provides this survey to participating pastors, analyzes the data, and reviews the results with these pastors, facilitating the creation of a vision and plan in their parishes. A vision grounded in relevant metrics will help parish leaders guide their people to become better disciples of Jesus Christ and enable Catholic leaders to better meet the needs of their parishes. 

The DMI is an assessment tool developed by Catholic Leadership Institute in partnership with Measuring Success that measures the spiritual "health" of a worshiping community in two areas: 

  1. Individual State of Spirituality - a pastor can see aggregate data as to the level of spirituality of his parishioners. 
  2. Parish effectiveness - the parish community can assess its effectiveness by measuring how it is living and fulfilling its mission as part of the Catholic Church based on feedback from parishioners. 

An assessment of this kind: 

  • Offers a scientific method for tracking individual spiritual growth. 
  • Allows each parish to assess how important each foundational ministry is to its members and how effective the parish is in carrying out that ministry and impacting the broader local community. 
  • Provides invaluable input in the planning process to set priorities and allocate resources in the parish. 
  • Supplies built-in metrics for a parish to evaluate the effectiveness of their pastoral plan. 

So far the survey has generated more than 25,000 responses. Pastors are presented with the (anonymous) data, and each then has a consultation session during which an action plan is drafted for three strengths to leverage and three opportunities to grow.The first two years of the three year pilot program included 92 parishes from the Archdioceses of Galveston-Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, St. Louis, Seattle, and Boston and the Dioceses of Tulsa, Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne-South Bend, Harrisburg, St. Petersburg, and Wichita.

According to Dynamic Catholic, only .03% of the 17.8 million who are involved in the parish outside of Mass in the US have been trained to evangelize. That means there are 17.79 million Catholics attending Mass weekly with no training on how to share their faith. In response CLI, in collaboration with Dynamic Catholic and FOCUS, has designed Parish Missionary Disciples. Parish Missionary Disciples is a parish-based evangelization formation initiative which deepens participants' relationships with Jesus Christ, transforms members into disciples, and empowers disciples to give witness to how Jesus Christ lives in their hearts. The desired result is not another ministry or program for the parish - it is a parish community reawakened and transformed by the person of Jesus Christ and on fire to share that encounter with others so that they too can be transformed and on fire in the name of Christ.

Since its launch, blended learning has helped enhance the learning experience of all of Catholic leadership Institute's participants in Graduate Diocesan Services (GDS). From online discussions to a multi-media experience, the virtual learning platform allows for continuous engagement and support for those participating in GDS. In order to continue to advance and expand the content and user experience, Catholic Leadership Institute seeks to hire staff and services to provide our bishops, priests and lay leaders with the best quality tools.

With an increasing number of Hispanic lay staff assuming leadership roles in parishes across the country, the need for effective leadership training geared towards Spanish speakers is imperative. Many dioceses, including Los Angeles, would like to provide Catholic Leadership Institute's services to their lay leaders, but have a valid concern that the effectiveness of the experience will be compromised if the programs are not made available in Spanish. As the only national apostolate currently providing leadership formation to Church leaders, Catholic Leadership Institute believes it is critical to make its curriculum accessible and effective for English and Spanish speakers alike.