Maintaining Databases, Records and Archives
In today's world, there are many ways to keep and store records digitally. The most important thing about digital records is to make sure there you have redundant back-up systems using current technologies.
Church computers should have limited access and be password-protected.
Here are some general guidelines:
|Member & Friends Directory (with photos)||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Staff Contact Information||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Board Member Contact Information||yes||yes||yes||opt.|
|Committee Chair / Team Leader Info||yes||yes||yes||opt.|
|Board minutes (past 24 months)||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Newsletters (past 24 months)||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Pledge and Giving Records||opt.||yes||no||n/a|
Church Office Basics
An efficient office requires creative management and close adherence to deadlines. It also requires close cooperation between staffs and volunteers.
Keeping Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes from board meetings and congregational meetings create the official, legal record of the actions of the board or congregation. For the congregation, they are important as an accurate historical record.
Annual reports, often published in conjunction with a congregation's annual meeting, provide an opportunity to report on the annual goals that are serving the mission and vision of the congregation.
Tips for Church Archives
Important documents need to be kept securely. Here are some tips on what to keep and how to keep it.
Writing the History of Your Congregation
A shared history is a powerful bond and an awareness of history can foster a sense of pride and a feeling of connectedness. The telling of this history, whether in oral or written form, is one of the most important ways that newer members of a family are welcomed into the group.