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Vital Congregations


The mission of The United Methodist Church is to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” (Matt. 28:18-20; Matt. 22:36-40). This mission is achieved through vital congregations that equip and empower people to be disciples of Jesus Christ in their homes and communities around the world.

Vital congregations are:

  • Spirit-filled, forward-leaning communities of believers that welcome all people (Gal.3:28)
  • Places where disciples of Jesus Christ are made through the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:18-20)
  • Communities that serve like Christ through justice and mercy ministries (Micah 6:8, Luke 4:17-21)

Vital congregations have:

  • Inviting and inspiring worship
  • Engaged disciples in mission and  outreach
  • Gifted, empowered and equipped lay leadership
  • Effective, equipped and inspired clergy leadership
  • Small Group ministries
  • Strong children’s & youth ministries

Our Story

Understanding our history is essential to our current faith and necessary to a fruitful and vital future. Read More

Vital Signs

The VitalSigns Dashboard is a tool designed to help congregations follow their progress on the goals that they set for each year. Read More

Setting Goals

These tools will help your congregation set goals and measure them. Read More

Best Practices

Find resources for increasing the vitality of your congregation. Read More

Contact Us

The Rev. Jacqui T. King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality at Discipleship Ministries Read More