“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.” – Psalm 105:1-3 (NIV)
Welcome to Vital Signs and Wonders. Undoubtedly, God has done and is doing wonderful acts in our midst. We notice God’s activities as we join him in making new disciples of Jesus Christ by starting new faith communities and vitalizing existing churches. We rejoice on those real testimonies about individuals whose lives have changed as a result of connecting with new faith communities. Time and time again, we thrive on those inspiring stories about churches whose ministries have contributed for the transformation of the world as a result of their effective efforts for making disciples of Jesus Christ.
The goal of Vital Signs and Wonders is to offer a forum for church leaders and members of new and vital churches to connect with one another and to encourage them to share stories, insights, and information that serve to advance our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The two main components of this website include the Vital Signs and Wonders Blog and Snapshots of Vitality from new faith communities and existing congregations.
The Vital Signs and Wonders Blog provides stories and articles around six specific themes related to new and vital congregations. These six themes include: Worship Attendance, Professions of Faith, Small Group Participation, Mission Outreach, Connectional Accountability, and Stewardship and Giving. We encourage our pastors and lay people conference-wide, as well as other leaders within the United Methodist connection to visit and have discussions on our weekly blogs.
Snapshots of Vitality is an online scrapbook of sorts where churches or individuals can share moments captured in photos and captions of activities bearing fruit and lives changing through their ministry.
We invite you to explore the website and share with us, the vitals signs and wonders of your ministry.
Rev. Dr. Bener B. Agtarap
CA-NV Conference Superintendent
Rev. Dr. Bener B. Agtarap serves as the Conference Superintendent for Congregational Vitality in the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.