Faithful throughout the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland are invited to participate in a survey that allows them to reflect on their spiritual growth and discipleship and to help assess the spiritual health of parish life.
The survey deadline was extended to April 19 to allow greater participation.
A Disciple Maker Index survey tool can be accessed through links provided to parishioners by each parish, by visiting the Parish Life Office’s Missionary Discipleship page on the diocesan website and clicking on the icon for the survey and selecting your parish or by clicking here.
Those without access to a computer can receive a paper copy of the survey by contacting their parish. Completed surveys can be returned to the parish.
The survey is anonymous, according to Lynette Saenz of the Parish Life Office. The goal is to encourage as much participation as possible.
“Everyone has a different perspective on parish life so the more information we receive, the more data there will be to help pastors plan for the future,” Saenz said. She encouraged parishioners to share the survey link with fellow parishioners or those from other parishes.
Dan Cellucci, CEO of Catholic Leadership Institute which developed the survey, said it is a pilot program funded by an endowment. “The goal is to help parishes and priests thrive in ministry,” he said.
The Cleveland Diocese is one of 40 in the United States and Canada to participate in the survey. He estimated 1,500 parishes are involved, amounting to more than 250,000 parishioners. The survey is available in 14 languages.
CLI is a Pennsylvania-based organization founded in 1991 by a group of successful Catholic businessmen. It offers a priestly leadership training program; supports leadership through programs for bishops, lay leaders, seminarians and other Church leaders; offers diocesan consulting services; vision planning; goal setting; evangelization and discipleship training and more.
“The survey asks people where they are in their relationship with the Lord, their faith and their parish. It offers a snapshot to parishes about where they are and will give information to help them figure out where they will go with their ministry,” Cellucci added.
Each parish will receive its own unique results, he said. In addition, pastors will be able to view overall trends and to make comparisons with similar parishes.
Once results are shared with parishes, Saenz said CLI will offer a series of three different webinars for pastors and parish leaders and the diocese will continue to offer ongoing support and resources to parishes to help them with future pastoral planning.