Those who have not completed the Disciple Maker Index parish survey have until April 19 to do so.
The survey allows the faithful to reflect on their spiritual growth and discipleship and helps assess the spiritual health of parish life in the diocese. All parishes in the eight-county Catholic Diocese of Cleveland were invited to participate in the survey at no cost.
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.
It takes only a few minutes to complete the anonymous survey either online or on paper. Those without access to a computer can request a paper copy of the survey – which is available in 14 languages – from their parish office. Completed surveys can be returned to the parish.
The goal of the survey, developed by the Catholic Leadership Institute, is to help parishes and priests thrive in ministry.
The Cleveland Diocese is one of 40 in the United States and Canada that is participating in the survey. About 1,500 parishes – translating to more than 250,000 parishioners – are involved in the initiative.
In the survey, parishioners are asked where they are in their relationship with God and their parish. It’s meant to offer a snapshot to parishes about where they area and will provide information to help them decide where they will go with their ministry, according to CLI officials.
Each participating parish will receive its own individualized results. Pastors also can review overall trends and to make comparisons with similar parishes.
A series of webinars for pastors and parish leaders will be available after survey results are shared. Diocesan officials said there would be ongoing support and resources for parishes to help them with future pastoral planning.