Disciple Maker Index


Message from the Pastor - July 14, 2024


Two weeks ago, I spoke at all Masses and introduced the Disciple Maker Index and the survey we will ask you to complete in August.  I’d like to share some additional information about DMI and the Catholic Leadership Institute.  


CLI, which is in Malvern, Pa, developed the Disciple Maker Index survey in 2013 with the guidance and input of Bishops and Priests, and the expertise of professional survey teams to be an instrument that is statistically sound while at the same time focusing on important aspects of our Catholic Faith.  Over 50 dioceses across the U.S. and more than 1,500 parishes have already participated, including the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


The Disciple Maker Index (DMI) is an anonymous survey of parishioners that provides insights into the level of missionary discipleship in the parish in addition to the effectiveness of the Mass experience, preaching,  and other aspects of the parish.


Your participation in the survey is important because it will provide an objective snapshot of our parish’s greatest strengths and opportunities as it relates to individual spiritual growth and engagement with the parish. Rest assured all responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive aggregate information about the parish community. 


The link to the online survey will be shared when the survey opens at the end of July.  For those individuals with no online access, paper copies will be made available.



Message from the Pastor - June 27, 2024


As the Catholic Star Herald reported, “Starting next month, the faithful of the Diocese of Camden will be invited to take part in a survey designed to gather valuable insights into their unique faith journeys and experiences, to strengthen parish communities, and leadership.” 


This online survey, developed by the Catholic Leadership Institute, is comprised of 75 questions and can be completed online in 10-15 minutes.  The questions are geared to individual spiritual growth as well as engagement with the parish.  The categories include attitudes and beliefs, relationship satisfaction, participation, and demographic information.  All responses are confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as a whole. 


I’m excited that the results of this survey, Disciple Maker Index, will provide an objective assessment of parishioner needs, dynamics, a snapshot of parishioners’ faith journey, and the ability to plan growth and improvement over a 2–3-year timeframe.


The survey will begin on July 29 and close on September 3.  During the next month, more information about the DMI Index will be shared.  The link to the survey will be provided on July 29. For those who have no online access, a session(s) will be scheduled that will allow for the completion of a paper survey. 


As an aside, it is important that our parish records reflect your correct contact information.  Please send us an email at info@stjosephsic.org with your name and telephone number to assure our records reflect your correct contact information.   



Contact Us 

St Joseph Business Center

126 44th St

Sea Isle City, 08243

Phone:   609.263.8696

Fax:       609.263.7884

E-mail: info@stjosephsic.org



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