Duce's Wild: The untimely demise of Sunday School attendance rolls

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  • guycolbyiv Irving, TX
    Feb. 5, 2014 12:00 p.m.

    Even though Sunday School attendance is not included in the quarterly report, I am a firm believer in the importance of Sunday School roll keeping. When I was a ward Sunday School president, my secretary and I would do a quarterly analysis of the rolls and provide the bishopric with a summary report highlighting attendance trends. This report would also include attendance percentages for each youth, by name, for the quarter just ended. The bishopric would then utilize that information in their regular periodic youth interviews, and where appropriate, would discuss it with parents (who did not always know that their kids were cutting class). Bottom line: Sunday School rolls do matter!

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    Your ward must have it's own building.

    We share the building with three other wards. The Primary and Sunday School are constantly looking for more space.

    The rolls determine which classrooms are assigned each month and which classes we will combine.

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    Hi Stacie; Sounds like you are doing a great job at your calling. That's when they release you. Time to do something else.

    As SS President, I still have rolls though. They are supposed to be reviewed each quarter by the SS Presidency with each teacher. Changes in activity are brought to the attention of the assigned Bishopric counselor or the Ward Council. Then they are shredded.

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Feb. 5, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    Individual temple attendance is not recorded by the church, either. Accurate records are kept of the work done in temples, but there is no record of who served as proxy for the individual vicarious ordinances. While record keeping is important for some things, the important records are, in Old Testament language, "not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." God knows who attends, and more importantly, those who attend grow in spirit and in doctrine.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Feb. 5, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    I was going to say that I was a ward clerk, and that the quarterly report asks for attendance of primary, YW, YM, EQ, HP, and RS, but not SS. I see that Deamon beat me to the punch but I decided to post this anyway. You know, in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses...

  • Mark C Gilbert, SC
    Feb. 5, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    They're coming because they want to, not because of some percentage. The focus is where it should be.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Feb. 5, 2014 7:26 a.m.

    Sad not to be counting the rolls anymore. Teachers will have to give recognition in their classes individually. My first calling in the church was Sunday School secretary. I was 15, living in Mexico City, attending a small branch of English speakers. It was exciting to fill out the Sunday School report, have the S.S. President and Branch President sign it, and then send it on to Salt Lake headquarters.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Feb. 5, 2014 7:17 a.m.

    We still have rolls in our Sunday School. My husband at the age of 91 is Sunday School President of our Ward, and one of the things I know he does is pass out rolls to the teachers, and then picks them up again, and they are turned into the Ward Clerk, at the end of each month with new rolls for people to sign. We have always been a record keeping church, and roll keeping is still important. How else would we know who we need to contact to invite to join us if we have members that are never marked present on the roll.

  • Deamon North Logan, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 6:33 a.m.

    You can always ask the ward clerk to print you a class list even if you are not taking attendance. After serving as a ward clerk for over ten years I never did anything with the Sunday School rolls but shred them. That is the only meeting for which there is no where to report the attendance numbers.