We are beginning the Mission Study process in order to understand our congregation's needs, the needs of our community, and to get valuable input on the health and vitality of our church.

The Mission Study Committee is utilizing the assistance from the National Presbyterian Church USA Research Services. As part of this process, Presbyterian Research is helping us conduct a Church Vitality Survey over the next 3 weeks.  This is a way for our congregation to give input on their thoughts and values.  The survey is available online or in print form.   It is critical that you participate and give us your honest feedback and opinions. Rest assured, the survey answers are anonymous, and no personal information is gathered. We need all surveys completed by September 4, 2020, so please fill it out as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Survey FAQs:

Who may take the survey?  Whether you are a long time member or new to our church, you are invited to take part in the survey. We are interested in each person's opinion so please fill the survey out individually (rather than as a couple or a family).

How long will it take?  It shouldn’t take you more than 15-20 minutes to complete the survey.

Where may I fill it out?  Online or on paper. Go HERE to fill out the survey online or check your weekly church email for the link. Not receiving our emails? Go HERE to sign up.  Please let us know if you need a paper copy by calling the church office at 707-224-8693. If you require any assistance in filling out the form and sending it in please contact the church office. Our Deacons are standing by to help you!

Will the survey be anonymous?  Yes! For the online option, your response will be sent directly to the PCUSA Research office.  If you fill out the paper survey, directions will be provided for returning it to the same PCUSA office in a postage paid envelope.

Why should I fill out the survey?  The goal of the Mission Study is to understand our congregation and church's strengths and values, as well as the needs of our surrounding community.  With this information we want to design a plan to activate our discipleship and serve the neighboring community, growing membership and engagement. The Church Vitality Study is a key part of this process.  The Mission Study also orients our vision in the short term and long term which will greatly influence our description of what we are seeking in our installed pastor, the final selection and the incoming pastor's goals and focus.

We thank you! Mission Study Committee: Eve Howard, JoAnna Chocooj, Arlene Hoffman, Jim Jones, Julie Worthington, Jay Gardner, Russ Vough. For any other questions, please contact evelhoward@gmail.com.

Mission Study | Church Vitality Survey for First Presbyterian Church of Napa


More about the survey:


The U.S. Congregational Vitality survey (USCVS) is designed to help you understand the attitudes, opinions, and perceptions of worshipers and leaders in your congregations. It was created through a collaboration between sociologists, theologians, and Christian educators in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We've been helping congregations measure their vitality since 2001.

The USCVS is designed to help a congregation assess its strengths based on seven marks of congregational vitality--discipleship, outward focus, evangelism, servant leadership, worship, caring relationships, and ecclesial health.

The USCVS is not a test. There are no right or wrong answers.