My question is both an ethical as well as a technical question, hence posting in this forum.
The missionaries in our ward have created an excel list of members to track the missionary visits as well as notes from the visits and general reception. They have several who have slammed the door shut and told the missionaries they want nothing to do with the church and to never visit again. A large majority have been inactive for over 10 years.
Of 316 members, only about 120 attend regularly.
Obviously, the inclusion of the inactive & uninterested in the ward records negatively affects the overall statistics and reporting. Seeing as they haven't officially requested their name be removed from the church records...
- 1. can/should their records be removed from the ward considering they have stated that they have no interest in returning?
- a. Some have joined other churches but still have not requested name removal
b. Some are over 18 but have never been baptized, no interest in being baptized. (side note: if a person with a record never gets baptized do their records ever disappear?)
NOTE: I'm not advocating/questioning removal of all inactives records, only those who have expressly stated their lack of interest and refusal to meet with members or missionaries.