The clue to learning the names of the people in your congregation is not your ability to remember the names and faces of those you see at the door of your church. It is, instead, your inner commitment to be thinking and praying about your people throughout the week. Their names will come to mind on Sunday because their faces have been in your heart throughout the week. They will sense and appreciate this. Let your church directory be part of your intercessory prayer list.
If the church does not have a Memorial Fund, to which people can make contributions in lieu of flowers in memory of deceased friends and loved ones, establish one. Keep a list of items to which people can direct their memorial gifts, or are items which the church needs. Publish the list regularly to keep the needs before the congregation. Many people like to designate memorial gifts or special gifts for specific items or needs. For example, “The new choir robes were given in memory of Carmelita Sanchez by her family.”
Make lists of things to do. Work lists keep things from rattling around in your brain. They help you remember what you have to do and make it easier to prioritize your time. As you check off the items, you can see the progress you are making and what still remains to be done. Making a list should help you to sleep better at night, too, because instead of lying awake thinking about all the things you have to do, you transfer them to a sheet of paper and forget about them until the next morning. They’ll be there when you wake up, so relax and get some sleep! If you are not already in the habit of making lists, we urge you to try it. It works!
SLOW AND LOUD