Vital Signs Reporting: Why is it important?


From the Mississippi Conference Office of Faith Community Formation 
Just as it's important for a doctor to know and understand a person's vital signs -- blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen level -- it's also important for a local church to know and understand their vital signs.
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.
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 and measure their progress and capture stories of God at work each week.  
The VitalSigns Dashboard 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.

NOTE: When providing an email address, because of itinerancy, it is preferable that each church have an email address that links to the church rather than to the pastor.

For more information, visit the Mississippi Annual Conference VitalSigns webpage.
Questions or need assistance? Contact Jane Horstman, administrative assistant in the Faith Community Formation Office at or 769-243-7072. 

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