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UMC Vitality Study

UMC Vitality Study

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Results of a study conducted by the UMC and published this summer on factors affecting vitality, growth, and decline of Methodist congregations in America. Has some interesting numbers around worship, leadership, and young adults.
Results of a study conducted by the UMC and published this summer on factors affecting vitality, growth, and decline of Methodist congregations in America. Has some interesting numbers around worship, leadership, and young adults.

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Published by: Katherine Walker on Dec 20, 2010
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UMC Call to Action:Vital Congregations Research Project
Findings Report for Steering Team
June 28, 2010
David de WetterIlene Gochman, Ph.D.Rich LussRick Sherwood
 
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Executive Summary
Towers Watson conducted comprehensive, robust research (using proven datacollection and analysis techniques) on data from various sourcesand types ofsurveys across North America
Response rate to the surveys was good, which ensures the findings are reliable at a95% level of confidence
Towers Watson calculated a vitality index for each church based on indicatorsof vitality identified by the Steering Committee
Calculation was done for churches where data were available (n=32,228)
Also calculated three sub-factors of vitality –attendance, growth and engagement
Based on vitality index, Towers Watson found that all kinds of UMC churchesare vital small, large, across different geographies, and church setting (e.g.,urban, rural)
Towers Watson conducted regression analyses to identify drivers of the vitalityindex and four key drivers of vitality stand out –crystal clear findings that areactionable
The four key drivers of vitality are fairly consistent across different types ofchurches
 
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Pastor
Excellence in keyattributesAppointment length
Worship Service
Mix of traditionaland contemporarySpecific aspects
Small Groups& Programs
Number of GroupsChildren & YouthPrograms
Lay Leadership
EffectivenessSpecific programsand involvement
Four key areas are the drivers of vitality
Indicatorsof Vitality
Note:
Small groups include study, fellowship, and service.Programs include classes and other activities

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