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Vital Congregation Goal Setting

Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know that plans I have for you, says the Lord." A future with hope reminds us that God does have a vision and a purpose for The United Methodist Church. As we listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we embrace the Spirit’s leading our denomination forward in casting visions for each congregation, district, conference and our denomination as a whole. Together, we are invited to set goals that will move us forward in our mission to “Make Disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Spiritual goal setting is aligning our ministry with and for God’s calling for the United Methodist Church. It is a unique opportunity for our churches to work with one another and for one another as we serve as one Church for the world.

Making disciples, growing vital congregations and transforming the world is part of a spiritual adventure that is empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit as churches engage in the means of grace. Spiritual goals are accomplished by connecting the means of grace with proven vital church practices such as planning, strategic direction, prioritization, clear focus and alignment.

Through prayer and discernment, every congregation is invited to set spiritual goals as a gift for God. Every congregation is invited to celebrate these goals and then strive to do all in their power to achieve these goals. Together, God will bless us and increase our numbers because of our faithfulness to God’s call for our denomination.

Fill out your congregation’s spiritual goals and then print out the report. You can submit it to your district superintendent via email or vial regular mail. The goal and data of the goals will be recorded and submitted to your district, annual conference and also General Conference.

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