16 DRIVERS OF VITAL CONGREGATIONS IN THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

16 DRIVERS OF VITAL CONGREGATIONS

CHILDREN & YOUTH
1. Vital churches have more small groups for all ages.
2. Vital churches have more programs for children.
3. Vital churches have more programs for youth.

LAY LEADERS
4. Vital churches focus on increasing the effectiveness of lay leaders. (Laity understand their role and carry roles out effectively)
5. Vital churches have lay leaders who demonstrate a vital personal faith. (This faith includes regular worship, intentional spiritual growth, personal devotional life, and giving of financial resources).
6. Vital churches place an emphasis on rotating lay leadership ion order to involve more people over time.
7. Vital churches call, equip, use, and support more lay leaders than non-vital churches. (Twenty percent or more of their worship attendees describe themselves as current or past leaders in their church.).

PASTORS
8. Vital pastor coach and mentor lay leadership.
9. Vital pastors use their influence to increase the participation of others in order to accomplish changes in the church
10. Vital pastors motivate the congregation to set and achieve significant goals through effective leadership.
11. Vital pastors inspire the congregation through motivational preaching.
12. Vital pastors, when they are serving effectively, stay a longer period of time.

WORSHIP
13. Vital churches offer a mix co0ntemporary (newer forms and styles of worship) and traditional services.
14. Vital churches have preachers who tend to use more topical sermon series in traditional services.
15. Vital churches use more contemporary music (less blended music that includes traditional tunes) in contemporary services.
16. Vital churches use more multi-media in contemporary services (multi-media may not be as important as it is in some churches.

(From The Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church, 2011)

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