Church records

The theological principles underlying parish records with particular application to their role in the design and evaluation of computer software

Chris N Hinkle
The content of parish records and the terminology used within them should reflect a congregation's theological heritage. The paper reviews the purpose of church records, the nature of the church and church membership, principles of stewardship, and the responsible use of confidential information and shows how they apply to church records. Chapter four provides a brief overview of the history of computers and parish administration software utilized by Lutheran congregations. The final chapters present an instrument for evaluating church software from a pastoral and theological perspective and show how it was used to compare three products for Lutheran congregations.
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