Taking pulse of congregations with the Vital-UU-Meter!



I love it!  A reader of the UU Growth Blog just shared with me that the UCC has a CHURCH VITALITY website.  Remember, growth is a consequence of health and vitality which makes this site their headquarters for supporting church growth.

One of the resources on this site is a Vital-O-Meter, a survey designed to help you take the pulse of your congregation.  This fits in well with our conversation from our book of the month.

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  1. First we noted Michael Durall’s list of 10 characteristics inhibiting UU growth from the Almost Church Revisited.
  2. Then I shared a list of eight qualities essential for church health from the book Natural Church Development.
  3. Now we have a nice tool for checking a congregation’s pulse!

The Vital-O-Meter asks you to rate to what extent the following are true for your congregation as a whole.

  • This congregation is always ready to try something new.
  • The current morale of this congregation is high.
  • This congregation is strongly focused on serving the wider community beyond the congregation.
  • This congregation makes a real difference in the lives of its members and their families.
  • Members of the congregation have a sense of excitement about the future.
  • The members and pastor(s) share a clear vision, goals, or direction for their ministry and mission.
  • Lastly they ask you to self-evaluate the congregation on a scale ranging from vital to not vital.

Now I don’t want you to all go an run survey.  I’m sure they are tracking the results.

In lieu of taking their Vital-O-Meter, I invite you to take the Vital-UU-Meter!  Okay, don’t get excited.  All I’ve done is set up a one question, simple scale to get a read on the vitality of your congregation

For a more in depth “read” of your congregation’s pulse, print out this post and take an offline version of the UCC’s Vital-O-Meter.

  • This congregation is always ready to try something new.
    __ Strongly Agree
    __Agree
    __Unsure or Mixed
    __Disagree
    __Strongly Disagree
  • The current morale of this congregation is high.
    __ Strongly Agree
    __Agree
    __Unsure or Mixed
    __Disagree
    __Strongly Disagree
  • This congregation is strongly focused on serving the wider community beyond the congregation.
    __ Strongly Agree
    __Agree
    __Unsure or Mixed
    __Disagree
    __Strongly Disagree
  • This congregation makes a real difference in the lives of its members and their families.
    __ Strongly Agree
    __Agree
    __Unsure or Mixed
    __Disagree
    __Strongly Disagree
  • Members of the congregation have a sense of excitement about the future.
    __ Strongly Agree
    __Agree
    __Unsure or Mixed
    __Disagree
    __Strongly Disagree
  • The members and minister(s) share a clear vision, goals, or direction for their ministry and mission.
    __ Strongly Agree
    __Agree
    __Unsure or Mixed
    __Disagree
    __Strongly Disagree
  • Lastly, please self-evaluate your congregation on the following scale.
    __ Very Vital
    __Vital
    __Somewhat Vital
    __Not Vital

I wonder what would happen if you started each board meeting checking in on the congregation’s pulse in this way?   You don’t have to answer that!  But you can share this post with your leadership.😉

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