Every recently arrived pastor feels the presence of the preceding minister. This can be a positive or a negative feeling. A pastor leaving a church can provide several categories of information to make sure his or her legacy is a positive one
The membership roll should be up to date. It should include:
• Name of each member
• Current address
• Date of membership
• Method of membership (baptism, confirmation, transfer, or reinstatement)
In several denominations these records are kept by a lay volunteer. In most large congregations membership records are maintained by a paid staff member. Nevertheless, the departing minister should check to be sure that the membership roster is in order. A constituent roster should include persons who identify with the congregation but are not carried on the membership roll. This list may be nearly as long as the membership roster.
If a picture directory has been prepared, a copy of the two most recent editions should be given to the ...1