I've been the pastor of a small church for about 3 weeks now. Every day is an adventure at this point. I'm learning about the history of the church, the vision of its members, and the great potential we have in the community. Very exciting times. One thing I learned, though, is that the church hasn't kept records for a long time. It's not that they're opposed to it, its just that as people have come and gone, record keeping just kind of stopped. And when I say no records, I mean no records. We don't have a Sunday School role (past last month, which is kept only to note the average sunday school attendance for the month, then is discarded), we don't have membership records (I found some from about 8 years ago, but I don't recognize many of the names, and it doesn't include things like addresses and phone numbers). So, what records should I absolutely start keeping (like, yesterday)? And what records should I consider keeping on a looking-forward basis? I'm certainly going to make a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers, along with each person's conversion testimony. That's just something that I personally need. But what else?