The Disciple Maker Index Publicity Templates
Below are many resources for pastors/parish directors and parish staff members to use to promote the Disciple Maker Index survey. Customizable bulletin and pulpit announcements, website posts and letters are provided for survey promotion during the month-long period when parishioners can take the survey. Post-survey announcements are also provided, indicating when full results will be made available.
When the Survey is Live (Feb. 23 to Mar. 23)
Sample Bulletin and Website Announcement
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The Disciple Maker Index Survey is open this week!
It’s official! The Disciple Maker Index Survey opens this week and we need your help!
Please help us participate by completing a 10-15 minute survey as soon as possible.
- Go to www.disciplemakerindex.com
- There are also opportunities to complete the survey after daily and Sunday Mass and you can obtain a paper copy in the Narthex/Parish Office or by contacting [INSERT PARISH STAFF CONTACT] at [INSERT PARISH PHONE #].
The survey will only be available from Feb. 23 to Mar. 23, and will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow. All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole.
We are trying to get the highest response rate possible. This information will be invaluable to [INSERT PASTOR/PARISH DIRECTOR NAME] and our various ministries as we plan for the future and strive to be the best disciples we can be. We will receive the results this spring/summer at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire parish.
Thank you for helping with this important project
Sample Pulpit Announcement
I am very excited that the Disciple Maker Index survey officially opens this week!
The survey will only be available from Feb. 23 to Mar. 23, and will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on what efforts the parish is doing to help you grow. All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole.
- Go to www.disciplemakerindex.com -- found on our website and in the bulletin -- to complete the survey
- There are also opportunities to complete the survey after daily and Sunday Mass and you can obtain a paper copy in the Narthex/Parish Office or by contacting [INSERT PARISH STAFF CONTACT]
Please take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey. The results will be invaluable to me, the staff, and our many volunteers as we seek ways to best support everyone in their discipleship journey. Additional details are in the bulletin. Thank you for helping with this important project!
Survey Reminder - Bulletin, Pulpit and Website Announcement
Don’t forget to share your feedback on the Disciple Maker Index! The Survey is LIVE and will be open until March 23. You can visit www.disciplemakerindex.com or pick up a paper copy in the Narthex/Back of the Church. We really need your help in making this a success, so please participate!
After Receiving Your Results (TBD)
Sample Website and Bulletin Announcement
Several weeks ago, [INSERT PARISH] participated in a parish-wide survey, the Disciple Maker Index. The results are in!
This year, XXX parishes participated, with more than XX,XXX individual responses to the survey in the survey database. More than XXX of our parishioners completed the survey – an outstanding XX% response rate! Those numbers compare favorably with the other participating parishes as well.
A small sampling of parish responses is provided below. More detailed analysis of the complete survey results will be released from time-to-time as we continue to unpack the data and discern its implications.
Disciple Maker Index Snapshot
- Key Highlight 1
- Key Highlight 2
- Key Highlight 3
Thank you to all who took the time to participate in the Disciple Maker Index survey. It is an important piece of the puzzle to help us in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and forming missionary disciples.
Sample Homily / Bulletin Letter
I love this line from the Second Reading from Peter – “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” It assumes so many important things about our discipleship that I think are particularly important for us to remember today in each and every one of our lives. I love this passage because number one - it assumes we have hope. A prerequisite for discipleship is that ultimately, disciples are people of hope. We believe in the resurrection and we believe that we are on a journey to God the Father with God the Son walking alongside us. I also love this passage because number two - it assumes our hope is so visible, so apparent to others that they are compelled to ask what the reason for our hope is.
In our faith community of [INSERT PARISH], there are many reasons for my hope, most of which are the many ways I see God working through you, the people, in your care and love for each other and outside this Church.
As you might remember, [INSERT PARISH] was invited to take part in the Disciple Maker Index Survey parish-wide survey. Close to X of our people completed the survey. The survey asked questions around parishioner’s own discipleship journey and how the parish AND the pastor was doing in supporting them along their faith journey.
Thanks to your valuable participation, a group of lay leaders and members of our staff joined me in a working session with the Catholic Leadership Institute this month. We interpreted the results of the survey and began creating an action plan based on our strengths and the areas in which we can improve.
There was so much to be hopeful about in the responses that came out. One hopeful strength of the parish was [KEY STRENGTH]. I also find a lot of hope in the areas where we feel like we can improve. It was very helpful to review the information with some of our volunteers and staff and bring focus on those areas that will help people grow – most noticeably are [KEY AREA OF OPPORTUNITY].
We are still unpacking all of the information we received from the survey and everyone who was at the session is excited and energized by how this information can impact the life of the parish. I look forward to learning more from you around all these different areas. I hope to share more about what we've learned and how we're using this information to help inform our decisions as we move forward.
With all of our strengths and opportunities as a parish, I take most comfort and have great hope in the words we have from John’s Gospel. “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you...in a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
The survey is available to print for parishioners who cannot complete the survey online. Please print the survey double-sided, in black and white ink and stapled. Designate a location for parishioners to return the completed surveys. All completed surveys must be mailed by the parish to Catholic Leadership Institute, Attn: Tim Rooney, 301 Lindenwood Drive, Suite 310, Malvern, PA 19355 by March 30 to allow for data entry. CLI will enter all paper survey responses.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Catholic Leadership Institute and about the Disciple Maker Index Survey.
Additional suggestions for encouraging parishioners to take the survey.
Link to a webinar recording and PDFs useful for parish leaders.