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, www.gcah.org, 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.
- Here are links to several documents we have created to assist historians:
Job Description for the Local Church Historian
Resources for Local Church Historians
Setting Up a Local Church Archives
What a Church Archives Should Keep
Caring for Records
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