Sunday, July 24 after worship
What is the Survey? The Congregational Vitality Survey is a way to tell how vital our congregation is in three areas: our congregation’s connections to God, connections to each other, and connections to the world. The survey invites individuals to answer questions about the congregation or themselves. Each area is then computer-scored on a scale from 1 to 5.
How long does it take? It usually takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey.
How will the survey information be shared? Once we finish the survey, the completed forms will be sent to the Social Research Lab at the University of Northern Colorado. Their Social Research Lab will complete a data analysis for us that will be shared in the form of a report. In other words, your input is anonymous.
The Transition Team will use this data in their report to the congregation – giving us valuable information to answer the question “What is next for GST?”
What will we do with the survey information? After receiving the report other congregations have used the information in a number of ways, including:
- Identifying areas of strength and struggle
- Choosing an area of ministry to focus upon
- Understanding the interaction between spiritual growth and congregational conflict so that both can be improved
- Initiating a time of intentional discernment about next steps
- Finding commonalities and differences among congregations working to partner in new ways
Where did the Vitality Survey come from?
This survey was created out of the ELCA’s Living into the Future Together (LIFT) initiative. It’s part of an ongoing research project being conducted by the ELCA’s Congregational and Synodical Mission unit, in collaboration with the Research and Evaluation department. The research seeks to understand the critical factors affecting congregational vitality.
We look forward to taking this survey with you and seeing the results.
Transition Team – Joy, Mary, Vi, Henry, Kathy, Lisa, and Beverly