I think that every pastor should keep a Pastoral Record Book. You can get a Pastoral Record book at Amazon.com. In it are pages for you to record baptisms, new members, sermons preached, lectures given, capital campaigns run, and a number of other items. I have kept one since before I was ordained and, though I am always a couple months behind, have a record of these things.
I think this is helpful for a couple of reasons.
1. You can’t always see your slow and steady progress day to day.
2. Sometimes people want to know information about when a funeral was or when their child was baptized and you have that information.
3. You can double-check your preaching to make sure you have a good variety. For example–are you favoring the New Testament? Are you avoiding deeper theological sermons?
Most importantly, someday, at the end of my ministry, there is going to be a record to pass on to my children. They are going to be able to look at it and see how God worked through me over the years. I am praying that this will be an inspiration to them and a testimony to God’s faithfulness.
I think this is important for every pastor to have.