What is the Congregational Vitality Survey?
The Congregational Vitality Index measures the strengths and challenges of a congregation according
to three dimensions: the congregation’s connections with God, each other and the world. Items from
the survey relating to this area are grouped into scales. The average of those items is presented
as a scale score. All items range from 1 (poor) to 5 (great). The target is to score higher than 4.
Although items below 3 are considered a struggle for the congregation, it is better to focus on
patterns across items rather than one low score.
This report is divided into four sections. There is one section for each of the scales (God, Each
Other and World) and one concerning some of the factors that contribute to vitality. Finally there
is a comparison of this congregation to other ELCA congregations using a composite scale of key indicators.