All Things New – Equipping Vital Congregations
“All Things New - Equipping Vital Congregations” is a Virginia Conference initiative designed to implement the denomination’s “Vital Congregations” measurement system in a way that promotes collaboration, support and continued improvement among all conference churches. Click on the links below for more information:
Vital Signs data now entered in new EVC website
Jan. 1, 2014 - Vital Signs data entry has moved to the new Virginia Conference Equipping Vital Congregations website, www.evc.vaumc.org. Weekly e-mail reminders that include a link to the new website will be sent from the conference data office to persons who enter VitalSigns data information for their churches. More ...
Tell how you're connecting to church on your prayer card
June 28, 2013 - As part of the All Things New - Equipping Vital Congregations report at Annual Conference, every member of Annual Conference was asked to find a card taped under his or her chair. Each card had the name of a congregation in the Virginia Conference and asked the person receiving the card to pray for that congregation and make a connection. "Like many, I came away from Annual Conference full of enthusiasm and excitement about the leadership of Bishop Cho and the spiritual and prayerful tone of our three days together," said the Rev. Larry Davies, Lynchburg District superintendent and chair of the All Things New - Equipping Vital Congregations Bishop's Steering Team. "One part that particularly excited me was the card taped under my chair asking me to connect and pray for another church in our conference. I received McDonalds Mill UMC on the Roanoke District, and I have begun praying for that church and I have e-mailed their pastor. What about you? Can you tell me what creative things you are doing to connect with the church you received? How will you stay in touch?" Davies asks that responses be sent to him by e-mail to LarryDavies@PrayWithYou.org.
View Equipping Vital Congregations Video
June 22, 2013 - Click here to view the Equipping Vital Congregations video on the VAUMC YouTube channel. Or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDPtkWnzf1E
June 18, 2013 - The All Things New - Equipping Vital Congregations team has created a self-guided PowerPoint overview that you may view or download. To view this overview and get more details about the initiative, simply advance through the PowerPoint presentation at your own pace. Click here to begin...
February Advocate reports on new initiative
Feb. 1, 2013 - Today, the conference Communications Office sent out free digital copies of some of the articles in the February issue of the Virginia United Methodist Advocate which looks at "All Things New-Equipping Vital Congregations," a conference initiative to re-design the denomination’s “Vital Congregations” measurement system in a way that promotes collaboration, support and continued improvement among all conference churches. More ...
Booklet featuring 31 days of prayers available online
Jan. 16, 2013 - The "All Things New - Equipping Vital Congregations" prayer team has developed a booklet featuring 31 days of prayers and devotionals that can be downloaded from the conference website, www.vaumc.org. You are invited to use this booklet to engage in a month-long discipline of daily prayers, beginning on whatever day you choose, to pray for the congregations in the Virginia Conference and, specifically, for the All Things New - Equipping Vital Congregations teams that are working to put new opportunities in place that will help leaders throughout our conference support each other spiritually, collaborate with each other for increased fruitfulness and hold each other accountable for constant improvement. Click here to download booklet.
31 Days of Prayers for All Things New – Equipping Vital Congregations (pdf)
Churches to enter weekly data on VitalSigns website
Dec. 18, 2012 - Beginning Jan. 1, all Virginia Conference churches are expected to begin entering statistical data each week on the VitalSigns website, http://vitalsigns.gcfa.org. Churches will be using the denomination’s VitalSigns website until the conference “All Things New – Equipping Vital Congregations” work teams have completed development of the new reporting system which is expected to simplify all reporting for local churches. More ...
VitalSigns FAQs (pdf)
VAUMC urges collaboration through Vital Congregations
Nov. 15, 2012 - “All Things New - Equipping Vital Congregations” is a Virginia Conference initiative currently being designed to implement the denomination’s “Vital Congregations” measurement system in a way that promotes collaboration, support and continued improvement among all conference churches. More ...
View Bishop Cho 'Vital Congregations' video
Oct. 31, 2012 - Bishop Young Jin Cho's introductory video for Virginia Conference "Vital Congregations" training events for small churches can be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBEVw2CaQr8
Conference kicks off Vital Congregations training
April 17, 2012 - The Virginia Conference kicked off its training sessions to help smaller churches achieve their Vital Congregations goals on April 14-15 at Timberlake UMC in the Lynchburg District and First UMC Martinsville in the Danville District. A total of about 200 people attended the two events. More...