Local Church Historians School

Every local church needs someone to preserve its records and historic “treasures,” tell the story of its past and inspire its congregation.

Hoosier church historians interested in the story of their church will be able to “go back to school” in the fall of 2020 when the General Commission on Archives and History will be offering the local Church Historian’s School.  This program was created and originated right here in our Indiana Conference but now has been adopted by the General church nationwide.

This school will be the same format as used here in Indiana previously and will help people learn how to care for and improve their church’s history program.  A wide range of sills and knowledge necessary to become a “complete” church historian will be taught.  The only prerequisite is access to email and internet with some minimal computer skills.

The course is an intensive FREE 12-week school via email for local church historians.  It does not involve travel, class meetings, exams or deadlines.

Participants learn about which local church documents and artifacts to preserve and how to go about doing it. They also learn how to inspire their local church to learn from their past to inform their present and future ministries.  It consists of lessons emailed to students who participate by studying in their own homes (at their own pace) then applying what they learn to their own church settings.  More than forty (40) Indiana persons have graduated as trained local church historians in addition to numerous persons from around the nation and even international U.M. Conferences.

When specific dates are determined by the General Commission on Archives and History they will be advertised.

Once again — we in Indiana we are leading the way.

For more information:; ph (317) 443-7258; addr 401 West Burma Road, Bloomington, IN, 47404


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