DMI Resources - Parish helps me grow spiritually

Catholic Leadership Institute wants to help you find the resources you need to help you move the needle on the areas of opportunity your parish has identified. This page includes some possible resources including third party publications and programs focused on improving the likelihood of parishioners to say their parish helps them grow spiritually as a Catholic. These ideas are a starting place, and we recommend checking with your diocesan staff to see if they have any additional insight or resources for you, or if there are any existing partnerships or affiliations with successful programs in your locality.

Catholic Leadership Institute Resources

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

CLI Resources- Music Ministry

Catholic Leadership Institute has more than two decades of experience guiding parishes and Church leaders through planning and transitions. Our Leadership Consultants have helped develop material based on their experience in training and experience in parish leadership. Some material to help move the needle for positive responses to "my parish helps me grow spiritually as a Catholic" are included here.

Encouraging Liturgical Participation Through Music Building and Maintaining a Music Ministry
This document is designed to introduce a basic overview of how to build and maintain a music ministry that builds the faith of parishioners and creates a vibrant and engaging Sunday experience.
Encouraging Liturgical Participation Through Music: Building the Faith in your Music Ministry
Continuing our resource about building a vibrant music ministry, this resource provides information and useful tips to have your Music Ministry be a rich opportunity for faith formation for both ministry participants and parishioners at large.
Encouraging Liturgical Participation through Music Tips & Immediate Opportunities
Not sure where to begin in making changes to your music ministry? This is a helpful list of immediate opportunities in music ministry.

Other Resources


Encounter with Christ Sacrament Preparation (Directors Guide and other resources) - Our Sunday Visitor
Encounter with Christ is a complete resource for parish leaders to fully implement this Sacrament preparation program within the whole parish community. Includes catechist formation and training, and offers parent and family sessions plus child and family retreats. Includes English/Spanish handouts.

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Latino Catholicism - Liguori
In this abridged version made available in both English and Spanish, renowned author and Notre Dame scholar Timothy Matovina provides a comprehensive overview of the Latino Catholic experience in America from the 16th century to today and offers the most in-depth examination to date of the significant ways the U.S. Catholic Church, its evolving Latino majority, and the American culture are mutually transforming one another.

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Catholic Parent Know-How - OSV
Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Parent Know-How is a catechetical series magazine format featuring short, clear, practical articles.

It brings together solid Church teaching with inspirational ways to make God's presence and love known to parents and godparents preparing for the baptism of a child. Included are practical pointers, scripture, and more!

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Programs and Tools

Called and Gifted Workshop - Catherine of Siena Institute
The Called & Gifted™ Discernment Process has been used since 1993 by over 100,000 lay, ordained, and religious Catholics and other Christians around the world. It is designed to help Christians discern the presence of charisms in their lives. Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to give them power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God's goodness for people. Whether extraordinary or ordinary, all charisms ought to be exercised in the service of God (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2003).

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That Man is You - Paradisus Dei
That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive.

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Ascent parish mission - L'Alto Institute
The goal of Ascent is to give Catholics that definitive encounter with Jesus Christ that will change their life forever. You just choose the day and time; they bring the speaker and worship leader. They also help you with a custom marketing plan that will help you bring in more than just the “regulars.”

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