Every year since my ordination, I receive a paper form called “Congregational Statistics Report.” Most years I fill it out (Eventually) and mail it in. I envision two extremely elderly ladies, carefully opening each form, and entering the information in large leather-bound ledgers.
For years I have been saying that this should be automated. Send each congregation a card with their ID number and password, and let them enter the data online. Of course, then Mabel and Muriel would be out of a job, and we do love those two old ladies, but progress is progress. (At least in my head, that’s how it plays out. Much weeping into their kerchief’s -which they have pulled from their full length Victorian dress sleeves – that they have been axed by the heartless silicon revolution.)
Today, I received a form from the Home office with… an ID # and password to enter my congregational statistics online. Ta-da. Done and done. Beautiful. Way to go “Office of Rosters and Statistics.”
PS. I hope that Mabel and Muriel at least got a nice retirement party…