The simple word “why?” is arguably enough for this post about the image below, yet I will allow myself a single paragraph for a little elaboration. I tend to exist in realms quite distant from those who need and use forms like this, so it struck me squarely upside the temple (would you believe “pierced my left ventricle”?) when I saw it. I ask why? because I question the purpose of this form . . . but I also have other questions. Who receives this information? What is done with it, and yes, why? In a large church organization, I think people in staff positions might keep records like these in order to get a handle on things, or to keep thumbs on the pulses of their groups . . . and I don’t doubt that, in so doing, some folks feel purposeful. The purpose might well run deeper than fiduciary business. “How healthy is our ‘flock’?” “Who is slacking, and is s/he spiritually slipping?” Assuming we accept both the institutional and underlying spiritually based purposes of a card like this, do we believe it truly adds value?