Class Members Keep Records

When serving as Sabbath School director for the Northeastern Conference, I promoted a good idea for helping class members stay connected with one another—the personal class record. It helps the secretary, elders, and the pastor keep current about church members. Probably more important in the connection chain, it enables class facilitators to keep apprised of the learning needs and daily life of their members.

In addition, the class-maintained personal class record improves communication among members and fosters a sense of team. It also encourages fellowship. And, equally important, it helps overcome the “missing member” problem, because everyone has enough information to keep tabs on one another. And, amazing as it may seem, this idea that has so many values is also very cost effective.

All that is required initially is the list of members’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses—all of which are in the faithful church clerk’s record books. Typing or photocopying paper is the only material required; although some people may wish to use a heavier paper stock for the cover of the record book. Equipment needs are limited to a typewriter or, more effectively, a computer. Yet, if necessary, good handwriting and a collection of magazine cutouts or tracings could do the job. And a duplication method is needed—either a machine or that old standby, carbon paper.

Each member of the class is given a record book, preferably at a class potluck. Members exchange information. When new members join, members move, or at the beginning of a new year and periodically thereafter, the secretary reminds the facilitator to arrange a venue for updates.

 


Arthur E. Morgan
© 2014 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
 

My Sabbath School Class Family

Sabbath School Coordinator

Name
Address
City
State
Zip
Telephone No.
E-mail Address
Birthday
Month
Day
Name of Spouse
Best Time to Phone

Class Facilitator

Name
Address
City
State
Zip
Telephone No.
E-mail Address
Birthday
Month
Day
Name of Spouse
Best Time to Phone

Class Members
 

Type separate listings as above for each class member with additional lines to list learning style, learning mode, temperament types, and Sabbath School audience information. Put a few blank pages in the book for new members and additional notes by class members.
 

The booklet is laid out on standard typing paper in landscape/wide, folded to half-sheet size, and stapled down the middle. Cover ideas are also given on this page.