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.
Below are some "how-to" files that will help you to enter the necessary goals on the UMVitalcongregations.org website. The how to steps are in print form, power point, and video clip. Also, there's a link to a 15 page planning guide for your convenience. Please let me know how I can be of help in your district or local church.
1. How to enter your Goals>>
Step-by-step print instructions. This is a pdf file — if you don't have Adobe Reader installed, you can download it here for free>>
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