Since 1997 I have kept record of almost every Sunday or Wednesday night that I have done in ministry. I have notebooks on my bookshelf with every lesson plan from 1997-2006 on hand written sheets. After 2006 I started to do everything digital. The main reason is so I have a copy of games, song set list, and talk outlines. Its also been helpful for when old students have come back and asked about scripture about a talk they heard when they were in youth. Yes that has actually happened a few times! And the students wanted to know so they could use it for a group or bible study that they were a part of in college. Being organized like that also keeps me from repeating a series. It helps when I want to find out what I said a year ago and how I can build on it with a similar topic.
I know backup my macbook to a external drive and also save the outlines on dropbox, so if I ever had a hard drive go bad or if something were to happen, I would always have them. I also bring another hard drive from home once a month to back up my office hard drive….just in case. At some point in the near future I plan on going through my old notebooks and scanning them to have digital copies of them.
How do you keep record or back up your work in ministry?