A few years back, I had a moment where I wondered what I would do differently if I were to start working with a new congregation. One of the first things that came to mind was a member journal.
A member journal is a bit like a church directory that I create - just for me. This year, 7 1/2 years after I began working here, I decided to get a three ring binder and start my member journal.
Alphabetized, I list members, their family members (including all extended family that I know: cousins, aunts, nieces, relation to other members, etc.), important dates in their lives (many of which are already in our directory).
Also, I will add deaths, prayer requests, illnesses, conversations, baptisms, marriages, visits, etc.
Sure, I'll miss some things. But, from time to time, I will be picking up my member journal to refresh, review, and pray.
I could keep excusing my poor memory, but as someone said, "If you keep telling people you're sorry, they'll start believing it."It is my job - not to excuse my poor memory - but to seek solutions to improve myself.
There are some things that come naturally to us. Everything else we get the old fashioned way. If it really matters, we'll work hard at it, right?
How do you keep in touch?