Enhanced Discipleship Form for 2016 launched
A Letter Regarding the Enhanced Discipleship Form for 2016
Clergy and Church Administrative Staff:
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior! I want to begin by thanking clergy who expressed feedback related to the discipleship form and annual statistical reporting. Your feedback has been an invaluable resource in the development of a team to review this project. In November 2015, Bishop King assigned a group to work on this task. We are excited to announce recent changes to the Discipleship Form for 2016. It is our hope you will find these changes helpful as you complete this form each month.
The first major change is the Discipleship Form will now be accessed through your Church Dashboard. It requires the same username and login used to complete your Charge Conference forms. You will find a link to the Church Dashboard on your district website.
Once logged in to your Church Dashboard, click on "Discipleship Form" to the left. On the Discipleship Form there are three main sections:
- Discipleship Forms
- Summary Reports
- Recent Forms
Discipleship Forms: You will complete the Discipleship Forms in the same manner as previous months. The one change you will notice on the form is the wording of the questions. The questions now align with questions asked in the Statistical Tables report you fill out every February through the Administrative Services Office. Having running totals for these questions in 2016 will assist you in completing that form in 2017.
Summary Reports: By placing the Discipleship Form within the Church Dashboard we are now able to keep year to date information for the questions answered on the form. If you filled out the Discipleship Form in 2015, you would see "Year to date 2015." Once you begin filling out your forms for 2016, you will see "Year to date 2016."
Recent Forms: Each month the report is completed, you will be able to see the information under the Recent Forms section. This section will contain a cumulative list of forms completed that remain available for review.
For technical questions related to the dashboard, contact Meredyth Earnest, Data Specialist, Office of Connectional Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other questions, please contact your district office. If you are not the one who fills out the Discipleship Form each month, please share this information with the appropriate staff person.
Rev. Denise Walton
Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries