Ward Activities: Building Connections and Strengthening Testimonies

Caption: Ward activities bring members together, fostering unity and personal growth. Activities within the ward, stake, and multistake levels are not merely events to attend but opportunities for Church members to connect, grow, and strengthen...

wardp Caption: Ward activities bring members together, fostering unity and personal growth.

Activities within the ward, stake, and multistake levels are not merely events to attend but opportunities for Church members to connect, grow, and strengthen their testimonies. As President James E. Faust said, the success of an activity should be measured by its impact on the lives of those participating, rather than its size.

Connecting Through Activities

Ward activities serve a vital role in giving members a sense of belonging and mutual support. They create a space where members can connect with others their age, their leaders, and their families. By participating in activities, members can witness firsthand how living the gospel brings joy and blessings.

Responsibility for Planning Activities

Before planning any activity, leaders take into account the spiritual and temporal needs of the members. They seek the guidance of the Spirit to discern what type of activity will best address those needs. Thorough planning is crucial to ensure that activities align with gospel-centered purposes and effectively serve participants.

Within the ward, the bishopric plays a central role in overseeing the planning of ward activities. Specific organizations or groups within the ward may be responsible for planning activities under the direction of the appropriate priesthood or auxiliary leaders. On the other hand, when an activity involves the entire ward, the bishop may assign responsibility for it to one or more organizations represented on the ward council.

A New Approach

In considering the evolving role of the Activities Chairman and committee, it is important to remember that the purpose remains the same: to understand the needs of the ward members. This responsibility lies with the ward council, not as a means to burden its members, but as an opportunity to serve and uplift the ward community.

Under this new approach, the bishop may ask a member of the ward council to oversee a specific activity or even appoint someone for the task. This does not imply a rigid program dictation, but rather a collaborative effort to address the unique needs of the ward. Ideas can still be sourced from websites, email lists, or personal interactions, but now the bishop assigns a specific topic or objective.

The same individuals involved in the previous committee structure will likely continue to contribute to the success of these activities. What changes is the nature of their involvement – an assignment rather than a formal calling. This shift ensures a more streamlined decision-making process while maintaining the valuable input and expertise of the ward council.

Share Your Experiences and Ideas

As we navigate these changes, it is crucial to share our thoughts, ideas, and experiences with one another. If you have organized an activity that you believe could benefit other wards or if you have suggestions for upcoming activities, please email me at [email protected] Together, let's continue strengthening our wards through meaningful and impactful activities.

Note: The information provided in this article is based on personal insights and experiences. It is always recommended to consult local Church leaders for specific guidelines and instructions regarding ward activities.

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