tortdog wrote:Now we're stepping of the "tech" side and getting to the overall policy....
So the goal of mine has been to leave behind a "legacy" of information to allow the next EQ Pres and HTer know where we've been. But . . .
I admit it is not an easy question, and hold my own opinion subject to wiser counsel. I do not purport to be a Church policymaker.
I do think there is a qualitative difference somewhere between ad hoc files for an EQP, similar to the "area book" concept you describe, and an institutionalized database that would be more permanent and presumably shared across top callings. Somewhere there is a line, and the creation of such a free-form database is where I get queasy. A tool like that can be misused, if just because no one remembers to purge old or inaccurate "information."
I was talking about this issue with my bishop, who said he recalls a time when such notes were passed down to successive ward leaders on paper as a routine practice, which has since been discontinued. I think the omission of such a database within MLS was no accident.