Vital Congregations

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Vital Congregations — A Strategic Plan for United Methodist Congregations to Fulfill the Mission of The United Methodist Church


The United Methodist Church is being called to join in God’s plan for transforming the world by increasing the number of disciples of Jesus Christ through vital United Methodist Congregations. Based upon the findings of the 2010 Call to Action Report and through the leadership of the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table, the entire denomination is being invited to "redirect the flow of attention, energy, and resources to an intense concentration on fostering and sustaining an increase in the number of vital congregations effective in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." (Call to Action Report p. 14)

Clergy and laity leaders at all levels of the United Methodist Connection are called to work together in this opportunity to cast vision and set directive goals for our congregations. As each congregation sets reasonable, accessible and achievable goals based upon its individual context, and is equipped and resourced to meet those goals, the congregation readies itself to receive the fruits of God's harvest. (2 Cor. 9:5-7) We become a church united by a common vision, striving to reach the goals uniting us for the transformation of the world through God's power and grace.

Click here to download the Vital Congregations Planning Guide as a Word file
Click here to download the Vital Congregations Planning Guide as a pdf file
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation
(This is a .pptx file — if you are not using PowerPoint 2007 or higher, you will need to install the Microsoft Compatibility Pack. This will allow you to open this file in previous versions of PowerPoint. Click here and follow the instructions on the screen to install)
Click here to download the Spanish-language PowerPoint presentation
Click here to download "A Plan for Discernment and Implementation of the UM Vital Congregations Planning Guide" by Matt Curry as a pdf file
Click here for more information on the Vital Congregations Web site
Click here to read about setting Goals to grow vital congregations
Click hear to view videos of Bob Farr, author of Renovate or Die: Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission, recorded at the 2012 Bishop's Convocation

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