Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)
One of my litmus tests for Sunday School/Bible study classes is the attendance roll. There are some who feel they have failed as teachers if they do not get everyone on the roll to be in attendance in their class. Over the years I have heard many a teacher ask if I would drop some names from their rolls, because they haven’t been in years. The answer for me is “No.” If the person is no longer in the area, I want to send their name and new address to a good church in their new area. Otherwise, I want to keep them on the roll. Part of my change in attitude about it is to see the list as a ministry care list and not an attendance roll. If we drop them, will there be anyone praying for them? Will there be someone checking on them? I don’t even believe in dropping a deceased member for six months. I want the teacher and outreach leader to remember their families every time they look through the rolls and pray for them!
Here is a good checklist to consider:
1. When a name is dropped, will someone else pick it up?
2. Does dropping a name eliminate the spiritual need?
3. When a name is removed, has our Christian obligation to the person been fulfilled?
4. Should a church be more concerned about percentages than about persons?
5. Have church and Sunday School workers done everything they could toward reaching the person?
6. Could it be possible that someone else might be successful in reaching the person, if the name is carried on roll?
7. Do you think Christ would consider the person worth carrying?
8. Does the name of a chronic absentee hinder the teacher in teaching those who do come?
9. Does it cost the church and the Sunday School additional money to carry the name on the roll?
10. Will your ministry to person be increased or decreased by dropping the name?
11. Would you pray sincerely for the person for three months before dropping him from your rolls?