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Meal & Ministering Calendar

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Aaron Nicholes

on 6 November 2016

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Transcript of Meal & Ministering Calendar

MON
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TUE
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WED
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THU
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FRI
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SAT
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MEAL AND MINISTERING CALENDAR
“Under the direction of the bishop, the ward council facilitates, supports, and coordinates the efforts of ward members by planning and leading the work of salvation for the ward.”
--Elder Niel L. Anderson

“As a member of the ward council, the ward mission leader coordinates the ward’s efforts to find, teach, and baptize investigators. He coordinates this work with the work of the full-time missionaries.”
--Elder Niel L. Anderson

In the October 2016 General Conference, Elder Anderson also said: “The divinely appointed responsibility that once rested primarily upon the shoulders of full-time missionaries now rests upon us all…The spiritual work of helping someone come into the kingdom of God is a group effort.
Enlist the missionaries as soon as you can
, and pray for heavenly help.”

Some Current Full-Time
Missionary Challenges:
Not enough teaching opportunities: In some units, missionaries are only teaching 3-5 lessons each week
Limited interaction with ward members who are the best finders
Limited teaching means missionaries are not able to improve their teaching gifts
Some Current Ward Mission Challenges
Ward councils still struggle to fully utilize the missionaries in the Work of Salvation
Ward Council members are engaged but often their presidencies are not connected to the ward council's work
Meals provided to missionaries are often a missed opportunity
One Opportunity:

Combine the ward missionary meal calendar

with

the ward council's ministering efforts driven by the keys of the bishop


Example
: The bishop takes the 1st Monday of each month to invite an investigator to his home for a meal and FHE with the full-time missionaries
Bishopric 1st Counselor takes the 2nd Monday each month and invites a part-member family on his home teaching route to dinner and a lesson with the missionaries
The bishopric 2nd counselor invites a less-active young single adult to dinner and a lesson with the missionaries
"Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together, to labor in the Lord’s vineyard to bring souls unto Him. He has prepared the means for us to share the gospel in a multitude of ways, and He will assist us in our labors if we will act in faith to fulfill His work.”
--Pres. Thomas S. Monson
April 2013 General Conference
The Doctrines and Principles behind a Meal & Ministering Calendar:
The bishop holds the keys for finding and fellowshipping in the ward.
Under the bishop's direction, the ward council and its constituent presidency members take accountability to determine to whom ministry and fellowship is directed.
The ward council directs specific fellowshippers to invite investigators, part-member families, less-active families and others to join them for dinner and a lesson with the missionaries on each of the nights of the month.
Those fellowshippers also invite the missionaries to come to dinner and to present a lesson.
In this way, the bishop's keys are being used properly (to find and fellowship) and the mission president's keys are being used properly (to teach and perform ordinances).
The executive secretary
The ward clerk
The Relief Society 1st counselor invites a single adult female investigator to dinner and a lesson with the missionaries
The Primary 2nd counselor invites a single mother and her two Primary-age children to dinner and lesson with the missionaries
The Elders quorum secretary invites a prospective elder and his family to dinner and a lesson with the missionaries
The teachers quorum president invites a friend from school who is taking the discussions to dinner and a lesson with the missionaries
The high priest group leader takes responsibility for the invitations on the 2nd Saturday of each month
The Sunday School 2nd counselor takes the responsibility for the 4th Wednesday of each month
And so on...
And so on...
And so on...filling every night of the month with dinners with focus families and individuals, using the missionaries as a conversion and teaching resource
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