Disciple Maker Index Resources

CLI's Big 3 Outcome Questions

Of the 75 Disciple Maker Index Questions Catholic Leadership Institute identified 3 that we would consider “outcome questions” – questions that are overall measurements for the health of the parish.

These 3 Outcome Questions are:

  • I would recommend my parish to a friend
  • My parish helps me grow spiritually as a Catholic
  • How frequently does a parishioner share their personal witness with another person?


CLI has done further research as to what drives people to say these things about their parish. This is how your report is structured.


We pulled out these outcome questions and the associated drivers to help you focus on what every parish can focus on. You have the ability to dive into all the questions but we think it is prudent to start here.

The info and resources below are structured around these Outcome Questions to help your parish community determine the best way to move forward in your parish plans.

Navigate to the Outcome Question you would like to dive more deeply into to view a video about what regression analysis has shown to be key drivers for that particular question. Then, navigate to the subpage to find additional resources based on that Outcome Question.

I would recommend my parish to a friend

If you’ve been to any store in the last week, rented a car, even been to the doctors, they would ask you this question. In market research, this question is THE survey question. The likelihood to recommend has been identified as the best predictor of any organization’s future growth or decline.

Find resources for recommend parish.

In this video, a CLI Consultant reviews what regression analysis has shown to be particular drivers for parishioners to recommend their parish to a friend

My parish helps me grow spiritually as a Catholic

But your parish is not just another store or service provider. Our Church has a deeper mission. We also identified “My parish helps me grow spiritually as a Catholic” as another outcome question. A good metric of the parish’s health.

Find resources for my parish helps me grow spiritually

In this video, a CLI Consultant reviews what regression analysis has shown to be particular drivers for parishioners say their parish helps them grow spiritually as a Catholic.

Sharing personal witness story

Finally, to try to assess the spirit of missionary discipleship, we looked at one of the frequency questions – “How frequently does a parishioner share their personal witness with another person” as one way to understand the missionary spirit in our parishes.

Find resources for sharing witness story.

In this video, a CLI Consultant reviews what regression analysis has shown to be particular drivers for parishioners to indicate their frequency of sharing their personal witness story.


Planning Resources

The Disciple Maker Index is intended as a tool to help your parish community identify potential priorities with measurable data. Throughout our nearly 30 year history we have helped parishes and dioceses develop priority plans and have a number of resources available to help you in using the DMI to help your parish grow into the future.

Click here to find some resources on parish planning.