Vital Signs

The United Methodist Church is “Called to Action” to be a forward-leaning Church that addresses the challenges of our day and to grow vitality in our congregations so more disciples of Jesus Christ transform the world.

Congregations that understand where they have been and what has affected the current reality of their church are better equipped to see the possibilities for their future. A congregation that understands their history will benefit as they set goals for their future and use the VitalSigns Dashboard to track their progress and capture stories of God at work each week.

In response to the ‘Call to Action’ to focus on fostering and sustaining an increase in the number of vital congregations, the VitalSigns Dashboard tool was [and is] designed to help congregations follow their progress on the goals they set each year, allowing them to track:

  • Weekly attendance
  • Professions of faith or reaffirmation of faith
  • Number of small groups
  • Small group participation
  • Engagement in Mission and Outreach
  • Support of (giving to) Missions around the World
  • Giving to “Support the Ministry of the Congregation” (pledges and offerings)

If your church is not currently receiving the email reminder notification, please update your church’s VitalSigns Dashboard profile here.



Visit the Vital Signs reporting page at for an overview of one or more jurisdictions, conferences or churches in the United Methodist connection. See how your church compares!

Making disciples, growing vital congregations and transforming the world is part of a spiritual adventure that is empowered 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.

If you have any questions, contact Jane Horstman in the Faith Community Formation Office at or 769.243.7072.