Vital Signs Reporting: Frequently Asked Questions

January 12, 2012

Last Monday (Jan. 2), the Communications Office emailed churches and pastors, asking for the email address they wish to use for the Vital Signs project. The response has been overwhelmingly good – with 233 churches responding.

However, as more people are using the system, we've noticed that there are a few frequently asked questions. Here are three of them, along with answers.
Q: How does the time period work? Is it Sunday through Saturday, or Monday through Sunday?
A: The reporting period is Monday through Sunday. For example, for:
  • January 1: Collect data from Monday, Dec. 27 through and including Sunday, Jan. 1.
  • January 8: Collect data from Monday, Jan. 2 through and including Sunday, Jan. 8.
  • January 15: Collect data from Monday, Jan. 9 through and including Sunday, Jan. 15.
Q: In reporting on small group participation, the instructions say to count each person only once. What does that mean?
A: For each week, count the individuals who participated in small group ministry that week – but do not count anyone more than once, even if he or she participated in more than one small group.
Q: What should I do if I didn't receive the reminder email?
A: First, did you provide Communications with an email address? If that's a "yes," check your spam folder for correspondence from "The United Methodist Church – (Vital Signs Group)." If the email is not in your spam folder, contact Jane Horstman at or 916.374.1518. To ensure proper delivery in the future, please add to your email safe senders list or address book.
We'll have more FAQs in next week's Instant Connection.
Unfortunately, there still are some churches that haven't responded. If yours is one of them, please provide Communications with the email address you want to use, as soon as possible. (Please note that the system can only register one email address per church – but it can be changed at any time.)
Once your church has been added to the system, you will receive an email reminder each Monday morning, at the email address provided. You will click into your reporting page directly from that email. (Remember to add to your address book or safe list!)
If you accidentally delete the email, or have any questions about the process, please contact Jane Horstman, or 916.374.1518 or Cate Monaghan, or 916.374.1529, for assistance.