Vital Congregations

It's not the numbers themselves, but the fixation on numbers that's causing the church to miss the whole vision of what God wants the church to be and to do, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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MARCHA meeting

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A look back at the issues and events that shaped The United Methodist Church in 2013. Read more

In the Church

Green Envy

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Institutionalizing Envy

Try as he might, the Rev. Andrew Burd-Harris finds "no win in comparison" from the metrics of Vital Congregations. Read more

May 1, 2013 1:43 PM Andrew Burd-Harris 1 Comments

Sleepytime Boy

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Vital Is As Vital Does

What does it really mean to be a "vital" church? The Rev. Dan R. Dick suggests that truly vital congregations show a vibrancy not connected with numerical increases. Read more

Mar 9, 2013 3:09 PM Dan R. Dick

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A regular Internet search for the phrase "vital congregations" turns up a remarkable connection. Read more

Views from a Ridge

The Rev. Dr. John H. Southwick of the General Board of Global Ministries compares statistics from the Towers Watson study used with the Call to Action's Vital Congregations program with a wider survey from Faith Communities Today. Read more

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The Mistake That Will Not Die

John Meunier finds new evidence to support his concern that Call to Action research is being misunderstood and misused to promote the Vital Congregations campaign. Read more

Apr 4, 2012 4:19 PM John Meunier 2 Comments

Hands in prayer

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A new statement on mission for United Methodists, seen by its creators as providing values and vision that the Call to Action lacks, is drawing the interest of thousands of online readers. Read more

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False Profits

"The Gospel According to Bob" takes on the tricky aspects of focusing on numbers rather than values Read more

Feb 23, 2012 10:35 AM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments


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Rev. Dan R. Dick lifts up ideas about "vital congregations" as places where the quality of discipleship is more important than the quantity of church members. Read more

Feb 16, 2012 5:53 PM Dan R. Dick

Diana Butler Bass

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Religion historian Diana Butler Bass' latest findings on the state of American religion hold both challenge and hope for The United Methodist Church. Read more

GC Archive

The latest work from Diana Butler Bass provides a better framework for deciding The United Methodist Church's future than anything the denomination has produced thus far. Read more

Views from a Ridge 2 Comments

Political Realities

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Some short takes on the political realities of 2012 United Methodist General Conference. Read more

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Martha and Mary

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The biblical story of Martha and Mary holds insights for The United Methodist Church when seen through the lens of contemporary scholarship on how to lead change effectively. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

What Congregations Do

United Methodist local pastor John Meunier comments on a framework proposed for congregational vitality. Read more

Jan 23, 2012 2:35 PM John Meunier

Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa

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The Council of Bishops has endorsed the Call to Action restructure plan coming before the 2012 General Conference. Read more

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Ronnie Miller-Yow

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Participants in a discussion time at the annual meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal air deep concerns about the restructure proposals' effects on African American United Methodist churches. Read more

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“Say What?”: The Vague Call of Reform

Ben Gosden contends that both United Methodist clergy and laity long for a deeper spiritual experience than the Vital Congregations program provides. Read more

Jan 2, 2012 12:00 AM Ben Gosden 3 Comments

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I Know Vital When I See It

Bishop Scott Jones on the Vital Congregations plan to increase membership. Read more

Dec 31, 2011 5:44 PM Bishop Scott Jones

How Do You Measure Experiences? Part 3

Part 3 of Ben Gosden's series, Metrics, Measurements and Dashboards, Oh, My!, about metrics and the UMC. Read more

Dec 15, 2011 12:00 AM Ben Gosden