For Local Church Historians

It is recommended that every church have a historian to preserve the history of the church.  There may also be a Committee on Records and History to assist the historian.

The duties of the historian are listed in ¶247.5 of the 2012 Book of Discipline.

A number of resources are available to assist the historian:

  • Church Historian: Remembering the Past and Inspiring the Future, a booklet in the Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation series, is a comprehensive guide that every local church historian should have. In addition to excellent information about the historian's job, it also contains a helpful resource list. It is available from Cokesbury for $3.25. The pastor may also have a copy.
  • The website of the General Commission,, has an excellent section for local church historians, under Ministry Resources.
  • The Commission on Archives and History offers workshops for local church historians.  Contact the representative from your district about setting one up.  See Commission Members.
  • The Commission can also provide suggestions for records management, preservation, writing of history, and celebrations.
  • Archival supplies are available from the following companies.  Contact them for a free catalog or to order on line.
    Gaylord 1-800-448-6160
    University Products 1-800-628-1912
    Hollinger Metal Edge 1-800-862-2228 or 1-800-634-0491
    Light Impressions 1-800-828-6212

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