Measuring vital congregations: exploring a missing piece in the United Methodist Church's current metric of measuring vitality
Sheryl L Palmer
The purpose of The United Methodist Church is "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." As we seek to live out this mission as a denomination and measure our effectiveness in doing so, the denomination has focused on local congregation vitality and its measurement. However, many across the leadership of the church increasingly agree that because of the decline of mainline protestant churches for well over fifty years, we still use an old paradigm that focuses too much on counting people in the pews and money in the offering plates and rather than the whole panoply of the aspects of disciple-making. This project seeks to explore whether missional church movement patterns could expand our understanding of vitality and align the measurements we use more closely with the full mission of the church we profess in order to empower the administration and leadership of the church for more effective witness.
Degree Granting Institution
Mark Allen Fowler
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