In medicine, vital signs are statistics taken to assess the most basic functions of the body. These include information on body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate.
In the United Methodist Church, VitalSigns is intended to assess the most basic functions of our congregations. These include professions of faith, worship attendance, involvement in small groups, engagement in new ministries to reach new people, and giving to support the ministry of the congregation.
What are vital signs? Vital signs are a measure of discipleship as reflected in the activities in which the members of your church are engaged. Disciples of Jesus Christ participate regularly in certain activities that reflect their faith and devotion.
We measure a disciple's engagement through weekly reporting of:
We know statistics only tell us part of the story. But they do help us and you see trends so you can take action —without merely guessing — to ensure your ministry is fruitful.